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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.
What else is there to learn about this royal redhead?
Originally posted 12/15/2010 11:10AM
Sure, the eyes of the world will be trained on a certain prince and his fiancée in Westminster Abbey on April 29.
But they won't be the only ones to see in the wedding ceremony of the century. Meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who will officiate on the big day.
1. He's a poet
The spiritual head of the Anglican Church of England, Williams, 60, was born and raised in Swansea, Wales and, like the Welsh hero Dylan Thomas, he enjoys writing poetry. He's published two books of poems and shares Prince William and Kate Middleton's love for Wales.
Originally posted 06/01/2010 01:10PM
Sarah Ferguson first got embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal because she was trying to help a friend in need of cash, the Duchess of York now says – but her own financial desperation got her in even deeper.
"A friend of mine needed $38,000 urgently," Ferguson said Tuesday on The Oprah Winfrey Show, though she didn’t identify the pal in need. Ferguson then decided at the last minute to ask for even more money for herself – about $725,000 – and though she didn’t have specific plans for the money, she said of her debt, "I was so out of control with desperation where I’d reached a point of no return."
Ferguson, 50, was caught on video accepting money in exchange for promising access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. The man posing as a businessman willing to pay for the privilege was an undercover reporter for the News of the World.
Originally posted 05/31/2010 01:50PM
Sarah Ferguson says she's yet to see the sting video of herself accepting $40,000 in exchange for access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. But she knows where her mind was when it happened.
"I haven't faced the devil in the face because I was in the gutter at that moment," she tells Oprah Winfrey. "So I'm aware of the fact that I've been drinking, you know, that I was not in my right place."
The 50-year-old Duchess of York has previously said she was "devastated" by the scandal. On the tape, she tells an undercover reporter, "I can open any door you want" to Andrew, a British trade representative.
Originally posted 05/27/2010 07:45AM
Sarah Ferguson's road to renewing her reputation will take a major leap on Tuesday, when she appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show and talks about her recent scandal, reps for the program have told PEOPLE.
The interview is due to be taped Friday.
As it is, Ferguson is already displaying a stiff upper lip, and even a sense of humor, only days after being exposed trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.
Originally posted 05/26/2010 01:45PM
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, may be still feeling the embarrassment of being caught on tape attempting to sell access to her former husband Prince Andrew. But a new report in the U.K.'s Daily Mirror suggests that her ex has already moved on – and is ready to forgive.
According to the frontpage story the exes, both 50, had a heart-to-heart. The paper also claims that Prince Andrew will not kick her out of her mansion in Windsor, just west of London, where he's given her a home for nearly two years.
When reached by PEOPLE, neither Fergie's spokeswoman nor Buckingham Palace had any comment on the Mirror's report.
Originally posted 05/24/2010 07:45AM
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has apologized and says she is "devastated" after being caught on video accepting money in exchange for a promise of business access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, who is a British trade representative.
"If you want to meet him in your business, look after me and he'll look after you … you'll get it back tenfold," Ferguson, 50, is seen saying while accepting a $40,000 cash down payment from an undercover News of the World reporter.
"That opens up everything you would ever wish for," she says. "And I can open any door you want. And I will for you."
Originally posted 04/21/2010 10:50AM
Prince William may not have popped the question yet to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton – but that hasn't curbed anybody's enthusiasm about their future union. In fact, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was happy to share some advice for Middleton based on her 10-year marriage to Prince Andrew.
"Remember that you're marrying a beautiful man you are in love with and remember to make time for him," she told Popeater, "because I didn't. Andrew and I spent 40 days together for the first five years of our marriage. I didn't know that would be the case, but figured it out two weeks after I was married."
Speculation that Prince William and Middleton will wed reached a fever pitch earlier this month after Tina Brown reported on the Daily Beast that the dates June 3 and 4 on the Buckingham Palace calendar were "mysteriously blocked out" for the possible announcement of their engagement, with nuptials to follow in November.
For more on Prince William and Kate Middleton's marriage plans, including when he'll pop the question and how she won his heart, check the newest issue of PEOPLE on stands this Friday
Originally posted 03/04/2009 11:45AM
Sarah Ferguson spent more than a decade hoping the story of Queen Victoria's early life would be made into a movie.
And with Wednesday night's London premiere of The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt, she saw her dream come true.
The duchess – who co-produced the film – walked the purple carpet with her daughters, Princess Eugenie, 18, and college student Princess Beatrice, 20, who has a non-speaking role as one of Victoria's ladies-in-waiting.
Beatrice joked to reporters outside the cinema in London's West End, "If you blink you might miss me." She added that her "fantastic" day of filming was "so much fun," and that The Devil Wears Prada star Blunt made it "easy for me to relax."
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