Apparently for Horsing Around with the Fillies, Fergie's Father Gets the Boot from His Polo Club
updated 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 09/26/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The parting shot was delivered when the Guards club recently demoted Ferguson to director of polo and failed to nominate him to the Hurlingham Polo Association, the game's British ruling body. The major views the action of the club as something less than cricket and has flatly turned down the new job. "I feel very sad and extremely angry at the way the whole matter has been handled," he said, adding that he'll leave the group in late October. "If you had given half your life to running the Guards club, how would you feel?"
Anger the major and you anger his daughter. On the final day of the polo season, Fergie flew to London from Balmoral, Scotland, to hand out trophies, her first official engagement since Princess Beatrice's birth. Giving out the prizes, she also gave the cold shoulder to the club chairman, Richard Watt, refusing to greet the man who she feels is responsible for her father's disgrace.
Fergie wasn't the major's sole supporter. The club's commentator, Peter Scowcroft, called Ferguson a true and loyal friend in a speech during the festivities, adding, "You have done more for polo than any other man." Ralph Lauren might have taken exception, but the words moved the major and his daughter to tears.