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Queen broke royal custom to show support to Prince Andrew and Fergie with special visit

Queen: Experts discuss relationship with Sarah Ferguson

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The Queen showed that she was Sarah Ferguson’s “most significant champion” when she visited the Duchess of York in hospital following the birth of Princess Eugenie in 1990. The monarch’s actions were unprecedented and revealed her deep fondness for her daughter-in-law and Prince Andrew. Royal commentators discussed the births of Fergie’s two royal children on Channel 5 documentary, ‘When Fergie Met The Monarchy’.

Narrator Glynis Barber told viewers: “Despite Fergie’s problems within the Palace, her place within the Windsor family was strengthened when she gave birth to Princess Beatrice in August 1988.

“The new baby was the fifth in the line to the throne.”

Mail on Sunday Royal Editor Emily Andrews added: “Ferguson blood is now part of the royal lineage.

“It kind of cements the relationship between the in-laws, in this case the Fergusons, and the royals.”

Ms Barber continued: “Two years later, another baby, Princess Eugenie, joined the York family.

“She became sixth in line to the throne.

“Sarah had given the Windsors their first royal princesses since Princess Anne’s birth.

“Her most significant champion, the Queen, even came to visit the Duchess in hospital.”

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Princess Eugenie’s birth marked the first time the monarch had visited a new royal baby in the hospital, and so was a break from tradition.

Traditionally royal births would have taken place at home, but Princess Diana broke that mould when she chose St Mary’s in Paddington when pregnant with Prince William.

However the Queen did not visit Diana in hospital for the birth of either of her sons, and instead did it for the first time with Fergie’s second daughter.

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Biographer Ingrid Seward gave insight into the Duchess’ relationship with her mother-in-law.

She told Channel 5: “The Queen is the one person who remained steadfastly loyal.

“She absolutely loved being in the company of her daughter-in-law far more than she liked being with Diana.

“Fergie loved dogs, Fergie could ride.

“Fergie could do everything that Diana couldn’t do.”

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