Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

Sarah Ferguson: Prince Philip arrival at Balmoral forces Andrew’s ex Fergie to leave

Sarah Ferguson, often known as Fergie, had to leave Balmoral when the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip arrived early. 

The ex wife of Prince Andrew had arrived to spend time with her former husband and he rest of the Royal Family.

She and Prince Andrew arrived separately, a royal expert revealed today, before Sarah had to leave early.

Why doesn’t Prince Philip like Sarah Ferguson?

It is claimed that Prince Philip has never been able to move past the initial feud caused when Sarah and Andrew split up.

A number of unfortunate stories in the papers caused damage to the Royal Family’s reputation that Philip, in particular, cannot forgive, it is claimed.

These include the famous images that saw a still married Sarah having her feet kissed in her holiday villa in St Tropez by her financial advisor John Bryan.

Although the photographs were taken five months after Andrew and Sarah announced the split, it was still said to infuriate Prince Philip.

A source told the Daily Beast: “She always likes to say how he ‘rules the Royal family with a rod of iron’.

“They loathe each other, to put it frankly.”

James Brookes told Christine Lampard on Lorraine today all about the latest in the reported long-running feud between Sarah and Philip.

“Sarah has been to Balmoral numerous times when they’ve been married and divorced,” James told the stand-in presenter.

“We understand they arrived separately, Prince Andrew on a private jet and Sarah arrived on a commercial flight.”

However, Fergie may have had to renegotiate her return flight according to James.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Philip “are not know to have the best relationship, and then when all the furore around why they divorced came out that didn’t go down well,” he added.

“They can’t be in the same room as each other. We thought that has changed but apparently not.

“Supposedly that’s not the case as Prince Philip has arrived at Balmoral earlier than expected and Sarah has had to leave.”

Balmoral is a large estate that belongs to the Royal Family. It is in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.

It’s thought to be one of the Queen’s favourite homes.

Sarah Ferguson: Five facts about the Duchess of York


Sarah is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Mary Wright.

Her parents divorced in 1974, with her mother going on to marry polo player Héctor Barrantes in 1975 and moving to Argentina. Sarah stayed in the UK with her father, who remarried in 1976 and went on to have three more children.


Sarah married Prince Andrew on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London.

She wore an ivory-silk wedding gown designed by Lindka Cierarch which had a 17 foot train and 20 foot veil. As is tradition, Sarah wore a diamond tiara, and her wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold.

The couple spent their honeymoon abroad the real yacht Britannia off the coast of the Azores Islands.


Sarah and Andrew divorced in 1996 after separating in 1992.

However the couple remain on good terms, even living together in the Royal Lodge from 2008 until Sarah moved to a ski chalet in Switzerland they bought together in 2015.


Sarah has written children’s books for many years, her first being a series about Budgie The Helicopter in the early 90s.

She has also been the US spokeswoman for WeightWatchers after famously battling her weight over the years.

On top of commercial endeavours, the Duchess devotes plenty of time to charity, including Children in Crisis, which she founded in 1993.

Social media

Fergie, as she is known to friends, uses both Twitter and Instagram.

She has over 200,000 followers across the platforms, and shares many insights in to her life.

Most of the Royal Family are not on social media, but are represented by Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, or Clarence House.

Sarah’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are the exception, with both joining their mother on social media.

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