Prince Philip reportedly reacted with rage when he heard about former daughter-in-law, Sarah Ferguson’s scandal and breakup. This happened when Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York announced their decision to divorce in 1992. A royal biographer says Philip told Queen Elizabeth at the time that he was “not going to put up with” Fergie anymore.
Prince Philip raged over Sarah Ferguson Royal Family scandal
Sarah Ferguson caused a major upset for the Royal Family just months after separating from Prince Andrew. Ferguson was photographed on vacation, while apparently having her toes sucked. Prince Philip was truly outraged when that image hit the media.
Royal biographer Ingrid Seward spoke of the incident on the Channel 5 documentary When Fergie Met the Monarchy. On the show, royal commentators discussed the Royal Family’s reaction to Ferguson following the separation.
Seward said, that, basically, following the break-up of the marriage, the family ignored Fergie. She said Prince Philip was “absolutely incandescent with rage.” Seward said this was because the Duke of Edinburgh felt that Fergie had let down the monarchy. “The monarchy that he has spent his entire life supporting – i.e. his wife, the Queen.”
Duke of Edinburgh and Sarah Ferguson
The royal biographer continued, saying that in Philip’s mind, Fergie had reduced the reputation of the monarch to shreds. She said he was absolutely not going to put up with it. According to Seward, he told the Queen that Fergie was not coming there. He added, “She’s out. I don’t ever want to see her again.”
It was reported following her divorce from Andrew, that Sarah had offered to “sell access” to her ex-husband. In fact, video footage aired showing Fergie asking a reporter for cash and a large amount of money via wire transfer. The payment was in exchange for introducing the reporter to Prince Andrew.
This would have caused havoc for the Royal Family if they did do it …https://t.co/XE4dHqbYZ3
— Anne Sewell (@anners2008) April 9, 2021
At the same, Fergie made a statement, saying she deeply regretted the situation and the embarrassment it caused. She said her financial situation was under stress, but this was no excuse for such a serious lapse in judgment. Sarah said how very sorry she was that this had happened.
Prince Philip and Oprah With Meghan and Harry
Prince Philip was in hospital when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah aired. Royal commentators believe the Duke would have wanted to “bash some heads together” if he was to offer advice on the fall-out from the interview. This will come as no surprise, considering his reaction to Ferguson’s scandal.
The Royal Family blocked Ferguson for years following Philip’s angry reaction. However, things appeared to have changed. She is now, reportedly, living at Royal Lodge with her former husband. It seems Fergie has been accepted back into the Royal Family, as she is the mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Woman and Home report that Sarah Ferguson has also been seen attending events, such as Royal Ascot. In fact, photographs surfaced of Fergie talking to the Queen at the event.