Sarah Ferguson refers to her wedding as the best day of her life. She loves her relationship with Prince Andrew now and has even addressed rumors that the two may remarry! But what about her fractured relationship with her father-in-law Prince Philip?
Did Prince Philip And Sarah Ferguson End Their Feud?
Now that Sarah Ferguson is opening up about her post-royal life she spoke about Prince Philip. Many will remember that Philip had a difficult time forgiving his daughter-in-law after photos of her infidelity were leaked to the press.
Sarah Ferguson, affectionately known as Fergie, was introduced to Prince Andrew by her friend the late Princess Diana and she became the Duchess of York in 1986. The pair had their two daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and had a seemingly beautiful romance. She also reportedly had quite a good relationship with her father-in-law Prince Philip as the pair had a similar type of humor and he was impressed at her dedication to obtaining a helicopter pilot license.
It was in 1992 that the "toe-gate" photos were leaked to the press where Fergie was caught having her toes kissed by Steve Wyatt. The photos hit the tabloids while she was vacationing with her in-laws at Balmoral and was confronted by both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Later that year she was also photographed kissing John Bryan as well.
According to royal expert Camilla Tominey, Prince Philip "never forgave her for 'toe-gate', when compromising images of her cavorting with her financial adviser, the Texan millionaire John Bryant, were splashed across the front pages while she was holidaying with her in-laws at Balmoral Castle in 1992."
"The Duchess had to suffer the ignominy of an 'excruciating' breakfast during which a 'furious' Queen pored over the pictures of 'Fergie's stolen kisses'. She later revealed the toll the incident took on her mental health, saying: 'It was so bad that I believed I was this worthless human being.'"
The Queen seemingly forgave her daughter-in-law but Prince Philip remained particularly harsh to Sarah. According to The Express, she said: "I thought maybe Prince Philip was right."
Her Majesty the Queen ordered Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson to divorce in 1995 and the pair finally separated in 1996. Sarah was essentially shut out of royal life and royal benefits but her ex-husband continued to help take care of Sarah.
Sarah was no longer invited to be a part of major royal events like Christmases or Prince William's wedding to Duchess Kate. She would eventually be invited again to a few Royal Ascot days and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, at the demand of Prince Harry himself. The Queen would be seen with Sarah but Prince Philip would seemingly avoid his former daughter-in-law and would rarely attend the same events.
Prince Philip had an incredibly close relationship with Sarah's daughter Princess Eugenie and made sure to be present at both her and Princess Beatrice's weddings where Sarah was also in attendance. After Philip's sad passing, Sarah shared a message to The Telegraph saying, "The Duke was an extraordinary consort, father and grandfather, and his passing has left a great void in the family. He served his nation and the Queen with incredible dedication for almost 70 years."
It seems as though the pair finally did reconcile and respect each other at royal events they both attended towards Philip's later years.