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Originally posted 09/17/2012 07:00AM
From one duchess to another.
Currently embroiled in a photo scandal (but maintaining a brave face), Kate Middleton is on the receiving end of some sympathy from an unexpected supporter: Duchess Sarah Ferguson, who once expressed hurt over her exclusion from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding guest list.
Ferguson, after all, can relate to Kate's situation. It was 20 years ago that she found herself in a similarly unwelcome spotlight, when racy pictures surfaced documenting her topless rendezvous with American businessman John Bryan.
"I have been there and know what it's like," the Duchess of York, 52, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail. "Everyone is entitled to privacy. It is a devastating invasion of one's personal inner space. It is deplorable, abhorrent and despicable."
Originally posted 07/07/2012 08:45AM
Time to close the books and roll up the sleeves.
Fresh out of Newcastle University with a degree in English and history of art, Princess Eugenie, 22, is going to join sister Beatrice, 23, who is doing her financial services exams, in the working world.
Fifth and sixth in line to the throne, the princesses now intend to work part-time in the so-called "family firm" – the business of handling royal responsibilities.
After getting her degree this week, Eugenie said: "Newcastle University has given me such an incredible three years. I have had a wonderful time ... learning and having a fantastic experience."
Originally posted 09/09/2011 11:25AM
Princess Beatrice has a new hat!
Prince William's cousin, who loves to wear fabulous fascinators, put on a more tame and traditional topper Friday for her graduation from Goldsmiths College.
With her parents, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York in attendance, Beatrice, 23, received BA Honors degree in history and the history of ideas, according to the U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Originally posted 06/10/2011 11:15AM
On the first of six episodes of OWN's new docu-series Finding Sarah, Sarah Ferguson will meet with experts Dr. Phil and Suze Orman as she begins to share what the network calls in a press release "her toughest challenge yet, rebuilding her life and career" after a scandal last year left the Duchess of York at "rock bottom."
In a clip of the show, which is described as "candid and unprecedented series" that follows the Ferguson's "emotional struggle to find herself and happiness," she takes a ride through London to revisit her past.
Stopping at Buckingham Palace, she says, "There's my old house."
Originally posted 05/23/2011 07:15AM
The hat that got a million tongues wagging – the pretzel-shaped fascinator atop Princess Beatrice's head on Royal Wedding Day – has been sold to an anonymous bidder.
The price? $130,000, and it's all going to charity.
The 22-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, had placed the Philip Treacy creation on eBay, to benefit two charities close to her heart: UNICEF and Children in Crisis, which was established by her mother.
Expressing her delight when the sale ended late Sunday, Beatrice said of the hat: "It has its own personality, and I am so happy that we have raised the most incredible amount of money and can make an even bigger change for the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world."
– Simon Perry
Originally posted 05/21/2011 05:00PM
The last year has not been without challenges for Sarah Ferguson – but she says she's not dwelling on the past.
"I'm looking to the future," Ferguson told PEOPLE at amFAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS gala Thursday night at the Eden Roc Hotel on Cap d'Antibes. "I don't focus on the past because there's nothing I can do to change things. I have so much to be grateful for, especially my daughters."
The amFAR gala represented what may be the start of a comeback for the Duchess of York, 51, who also has a memoir coming out June 28 called Finding Sarah: A Duchess's Journey to Find Herself and a TV show on OWN called Finding Sarah.
Originally posted 05/10/2011 01:40PM
When you make headlines for not being invited to the Royal Wedding – especially when your children and ex-husband are – someone is bound to ask what you did instead.
Which is precisely what Oprah Winfrey inquired of Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The talk-show host's precise words: "Were you invited or were you not?"
"I was not invited, and I chose to go and be in Thailand in a place called Camelia and ... the jungle embraced me," Fergie, 51, responds, in an interview taped Friday and set to air on Wednesday's The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Originally posted 03/08/2011 10:45AM
She already didn't make the guest list of April 29's big wedding – though her ex-husband and their two children did – and now Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is once again said to be in hot water with the Royal Family.
Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, was linked to convicted U.S. sex offender and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, from whom she received a loan of about $24,500, say news reports.
But the duchess, 51, says she knew nothing about Epstein's criminal history and – once again – she's sorry.
Originally posted 02/19/2011 11:30AM
As 1,900 invitations to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding make their way to invited guests across the U.K. and the world, one famous former member of the royal family won't be getting one.
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is to be absent from the April 29 nuptials, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Fergie, 51, will be overseas, her representative says, though she was not anticipating being invited in any case. "She will not be attending. She never expected to be invited," the spokesman says.
Originally posted 01/17/2011 07:30AM
We may not know the royal wedding guest list just yet, but here's one family member whose name is surely in the "definite" category.
Princess Beatrice, 22, is Prince William's first cousin (her father, Prince Andrew, is Prince Charles's brother), and she is fifth in line to the throne in the royal pecking order. Her immediate family is well-known, too: Beatrice's mother is Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and her younger sister, Eugenie, is another young princess to watch.
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