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Sarah Ferguson reveals she spent last Christmas with the Queen

Sarah Ferguson reveals she spent last Christmas at Windsor with the Queen after being invited by Her Majesty – amid reports Prince Charles will include her at Sandringham this year

  • Sarah Ferguson revealed she spent Queen Elizabeth II’s last Christmas with her 
  • Duchess of York spoke to Hungarian newspaper Blikk about 2021 festive plans
  • She said she travelled to Windsor at Queen’s invitation to celebrate Christmas

Sarah Ferguson has revealed she spent Queen Elizabeth II’s last Christmas with her.

The Duchess of York, 63, who married Her late Majesty’s eldest son Prince Andrew in 1986 before separating in 1992, spoke to Hungarian newspaper Blikk about her festive plans last year.

She revealed that she travelled to Windsor at the Queen’s invitation to celebrate Christmas. It would be the late monarch’s last festive season before her death in September, aged 96. 

‘Personally, I don’t know yet how I will spend Christmas. I was able to spend last year with the Queen, now I don’t know where I’ll be, but for thirty years I’ve been teaching my daughters that it’s actually Christmas every day.’

It comes following reports that Fergie could be invited to spend Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family for the first time since she split with Prince Andrew 30 years ago. 

Sarah Ferguson has revealed she spent Queen Elizabeth II’s last Christmas with her. Pictured, together in 1990

Asked about her plans for this December 25th, Sarah replied: ‘First of all, I want to help the refugees from Ukraine, I’m thinking about how we can go down to the border, because even food is a huge help. 

It is thought she could even make a public appearance with her disgraced ex-husband Prince Andrew during the traditional Christmas morning walk to St Mary Magdalene Church.

Last year, it was reported that the Queen was expected to be joined at Windsor Castle by family members such as Charles and Camilla, having shelved her customary trip to Sandringham as a ‘precautionary’ measure amid rising coronavirus cases.

The Royals previously banned Fergie from attending Christmas with the family following the couple’s split in 1992.

The Duke of York was stripped of his royal duties in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking scandal.

The Duchess of York (pictured in October 2022), 63, who married Her late Majesty's eldest son Prince Andrew in 1986 before separating in 1992, spoke to Hungarian newspaper Blikk about her festive plans last year

The Duchess of York (pictured in October 2022), 63, who married Her late Majesty’s eldest son Prince Andrew in 1986 before separating in 1992, spoke to Hungarian newspaper Blikk about her festive plans last year

But Wood Farm is reportedly being prepared to host Andrew, Fergie and their daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.

A Sandringham source told The Sun: ‘Andrew is banned from public life but you can’t ban him from family Christmas. Staff at Sandringham have been tasked with getting Wood Farm ready for the whole York family.

‘When she split with Andrew, Sarah was never allowed at the family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day while Philip and the Queen were alive.

‘For 30 years she used to have Christmas dinner on her own. But things are being done differently now.’

At Christmas, royals traditionally swap gifts in Sandringham’s White Room, followed by a sit-down evening meal in black tie. 

Prince Andrew and Fergie pictured with their two daughters, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Prince Andrew and Fergie pictured with their two daughters, princesses Beatrice and Eugenie

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson pictured with a young Eugenie and Beatrice at the Windsor Horse Show

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson pictured with a young Eugenie and Beatrice at the Windsor Horse Show

Following the reports, a royal biographer claimed King Charles’ ‘invitation for Fergie to spend Christmas with the family’ would be an ‘olive branch’ from the Monarch to his brother – but would never have been allowed while Prince Philip was alive.

Royal expert and biographer Phil Dampier told MailOnline any ‘invite’ would be a sign of Charles being ‘forgiving and kind’.

‘This looks like an olive branch from King Charles to his brother, who is otherwise out in the cold,’ Mr Dampier said. 

‘He is still a member of the family and by inviting ex wife Fergie it looks as though Charles is being forgiving and kind.

‘It would never have happened while Prince Philip was alive and Fergie spent many Christmases on her own at Wood Farm while the rest of the royals were in The big house.

‘Andy and Fergie’s daughters are grown up with kids of their own so it makes sense for them all to be invited, including the Duchess of York. This will please Andrew but I still don’t think he and Sarah will ever remarry’.

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