Sarah Ferguson walks out of interview with '60 Minutes Australia'
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Sarah Ferguson, 62, has revealed her festive plans to see her grandchildren and discussed just how “wonderful” becoming a grandmother has been. The Duchess of York became a grandmother back in February after Princess Eugenie, 31, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 35, welcomed baby August to the Royal Family.
Fergie’s eldest daughter Princess Beatrice, 33, and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 38, then brought an extra member to the Firm when she gave birth to Sienna in September.
Writing for Spectator magazine, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, 61, said: “This Christmas will be my first as a grandmother.
“I am looking forward to spending time with August and Sienna, and my step-grandson Wolfie.
“They all seem to find my high energy hilarious already, which is good for the soul.”
Fergie added: “The best thing about being a grandparent, however, is seeing just how wonderful Eugenie and Jack and Beatrice and Edo are turning out to be as parents.
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“It reassures me that we must have done a good job in raising our girls, and that they are now passing it on.”
The Duchess of York usually spends Christmas away from the Firm’s official festive celebrations.
However, there is now speculation she could join the Queen, 95, and the rest of the Royal Family over the coming days.
During a recent episode of Royal Beat on True Royalty TV, Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl and biographer Ingrid Seward discussed the Firm’s festive plans.
Ms Nicholl said: “Andrew will be there.
Ms Seward added: “Andrew will definitely be there, he is always at the Queen’s side.”
Responding with affirmation, Ms Nicholl then said: “Maybe now Philip’s not there Fergie will be too.”
Fergie had a troublesome relationship with Prince Philip, who passed away in April aged 99, and missed out on joining royals during the holiday season.
According to the Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey the Duke of Edinburgh “apparently 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”.
She added: “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’.
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“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.
“‘I thought maybe Prince Philip was right’.”
However, speaking to the Mail about celebrating Christmas without her daughters back in 2018, Fergie said: “I will watch Ben-Hur and really enjoy it, then watch the news and see how the girls are doing.”
The Duchess of York, who lives with Andrew at the Royal Lodge despite divorcing the Prince in 1996, added: “I know that Her Majesty adores my children, so I am happy to share them — both in August and at Christmas.”
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