Sarah Ferguson will be a 'VIP attendee' at the coronation concert to celebrate King Charles being officially crowned, according to reports.The Duchess
Sarah Ferguson will be a ‘VIP attendee’ at the coronation concert to celebrate King Charles being officially crowned, according to reports.
The Duchess of York, 63, who was left off the guest list for the ceremony on 6 May at Westminster Abbey, will reportedly be among the guests of honour at the gig the following day.
She will join 2,000 lucky ticket holders who have been selected to attend the concert, which will feature acts including Take That and Lionel Richie.
It follows previous claims that Fergie was excluded from the guest list at the coronation ceremony due to her previous ‘conduct’.
Sarah Ferguson (pictured), 63, will be a ‘VIP attendee’ at the coronation concert in Windsor on 7 May, it has been reported – after it emerged she had been snubbed from the guest list at the ceremony at Westminster Abbey
A royal insider told The Sun that Fergie ‘never would have expected’ to be invited to the coronation.
They said: ‘But she is delighted to be joining the wider family for the Coronation Concert.
‘She cherishes those more relaxed times with the family and, contrary to some reports, is fully accepting of the situation.’
Royal commentator Tom Bower previously told MailOnline that the Duchess’s presence would ‘provoke critical comment which Charles doesn’t need’.
And expert Richard Fitzwilliams praised the ‘extremely wise’ decision from the King because she has been an ’embarrassment to the Royal Family for many years’.
But the apparent decision has surprised some royal watchers – with Meghan’s friend Omid Scobie tweeting: ‘If true, this feels kinda cruel, no?’
Speaking about the absence of Sarah, Mr Bower said she will be left out ‘because she is not a member of the Royal Family’.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, who will be crowned at Westminster Abbey on 6 May, did not extend an invitation to Prince Andrew’s ex-wife
He added that she had excluded herself ‘by her past conduct’, saying: ‘Her presence would provoke critical comment which Charles doesn’t need.’
Among Fergie’s most embarrassing gaffes was when photographs were published showing her having her toes sucked by her financial adviser John Bryan at her holiday villa in St Tropez.
The pair were also seen kissing, embracing and frolicking in the pool.
She was also said to have had a rift with her once good friend, Princess Diana, after she claimed she got a verruca after borrowing a pair of her shoes.
They were reportedly still not speaking at the time of Diana’s death in 1997.
And in 2010 she apologised after being secretly recorded offering to sell access to Andrew in return for £500,000.
Mr Fitzwilliams told MailOnline: ‘The decision not to invite Sarah Ferguson is extremely wise and to be welcomed. She has been an embarrassment to the Royal Family for many years.
‘Time and again she gives embarrassing interviews, there seems no end to it.
‘There are times when a dignified silence is required which she seems incapable of.’
Sarah did attend the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey last September, but was not one of the 30 guests for Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021.
Earlier today, the Duchess of York was all smiles as she appeared at the London Book Fair to discuss her new erotic novel, A Most Intriguing Lady.
Fergie appeared lively as she opened up about her writing during a meet and greet session at the literary event.
She opted for a simple but stylish look, donning a black belted blazer with a mandarin collar over a red and black maxi skirt.
Sarah completed the ensemble with a pair of heeled black suede knee high boots, and an elegant half-up, half-down hair style and classic make-up look.