Is Sarah Ferguson The Most Entertaining (Ex) Royal?

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by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Thinking back, Sarah Ferguson’s appearance at Harry and Meghan’s wedding was far more exciting than that of, say, an unfeasibly glamorous Hollywood power couple (sorry, George and Amal Clooney) or even Fergie’s underwhelmingly-hatted daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. At age 58, Sarah Ferguson today remains one of the most intriguing members of the royal family. And yes, before you ask even though Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew divorced, she still has her title.

Sarah Ferguson At Meghan And Prince Harry's Wedding

Shunned for years from high profile events like this one following her divorce from Prince Andrew (she famously jetted off to Thailand for a spa break after missing out on a golden ticket to William and Kate’s 2011 celebrations; hearsay has it that Prince Philip will not be in the same room as 'that woman'), the former Duchess of York turned the path to St George’s Chapel into her version of a glorious red carpet comeback, her one – inexplicably – solitary glove deserving its own Twitter account. The memes, of course, landed in droves. 'Best arrival since Maleficent at the christening,' one Twitter user commented, not so much poking fun at Fergie's glow-up as encapsulating just how satisfying it was to see the woman spurned by the famously uptight Windsors broadcast her hilariously defiant return, grandiose hand gestures included, to literally billions of people around the world.

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It remains to be seen whether this watershed moment will truly mark some kind of royal rehabilitation for Fergie, though with the wedding of her younger daughter,Eugenie, taking place in October, and the fact that, following the birth ofPrince Louis, she and Prince Andrew would have no obstacles to re-marrying (the Prince is now seventh in line to the throne, meaning that he no longer has toseek the Queen's permission before marrying...) it seems increasingly likely. In the mean time, there's plenty for us to keep ourselves occupied with on her social media accounts (for when we're not, you know, wondering about why no one is talking about who'll eventually play Fergie inThe Crown).

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If you're not already following Fergie on both Twitter (@SarahTheDuchess, my favourite handle since @badgalriri) and on Instagram (@SarahFerguson15, leaving us to ponder which 14 Sarah Fergusons beat her to it...) may I recommend that you do so immediately? Her Instagram account, boasting nearly 50,000 followers, is a particular gem, giving us some unexpected and candid insights into the life of a sort-of royal. There are motivational quotes against colourful backgrounds and stock landscapes (‘You can find the jelly beans within yourself and bring joy and colour, you don’t have to eat them to feel them,’ reads one particularly gnomic phrase). There are #throwbackthursdays of her ex-husband in ‘80s heartthrob mode. And there are family photos overlaid with lovely sentiments in cursive fonts, much like the ones your mum shares on Facebook (unlike Fergie, your mum is probably yet to graduate to this particular platform).

All this – aside from maybe the Andrew throwbacks, and the mum memes – can’t help but bring to mind the long-lost Instagram account of the royal family’s newest member. Lest we forget, long before the Givenchy dress, the Lifetime movie and the roast chicken proposal, Meghan Markle (now the Duchess of Sussex) enjoyed a rewarding side-hustle as a lifestyle blogger (RIP, The Tig) and curator of a quintessentially ‘Instagram’ Instagram account (RIP, too). She, just like Fergie, appreciated a motivational quote in a swirling font, a picturesque landscape with an inspiring caption – and they both visited Italy (and Instagrammed Italy) in 2016! If Meghan was still allowed a social media account while carrying out her new royal duties, I like to think it would look a little (or a lot) like her ex-aunt-in-law’s. (Incidentally, Sarah Ferguson is one of the only royal brides of recent years to opt for a flower crown instead of a tiara for her wedding ceremony - very on brand for The Tig). In a world of influencers, be Fergie...

See all the high profile guests at Harry and Meghan's wedding in the gallery below...


All The Guests At Meghan & Harry's Wedding

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Earl Spencer and Lady Karen Spencer

Prince Harry's uncle - and Princess Diana's younger brother, with his wife, Lady Karen Spencer.

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James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley

The "Beautiful" singer and his wife Sofia arrive at the royal wedding

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Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre

Luther star Idris Elba and his then-fiancee Sabrina Dhowre were surprise guests at the wedding

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah arrived at the wedding dressed in Stella McCartney

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Carole Middleton

Pippa and Kate Middleton's mother arrived at the royal wedding in an ice-blue skirt suit and matching fascinator

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Amal and George Clooney

Amal and George Clooney both looked incredible - Amal is 100% topping the best-dressed list in her mustard yellow Stella McCartney ensemble

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Cressida Bonas

Harry's ex Cressida was spotted in London-based brand Eponine

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Victoria and David Beckham

Victoria and David Beckham made their entrance at the royal wedding - she's wearing a navy dress that's not a million miles away from the dress she wore to Kate and WIlliam's wedding in 2011.

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Pippa Middleton was spotted wearing a £495 dress by brand The Fold - just one day before her own wedding anniversary

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Chloe Madeley and James Haskell

Chloe Madeley arrived with her fiancee - England international rugby player James Haskell

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Kitty Spencer

Lady Kitty Spencer, Prince Harry's cousin, arrived wearing a forest green floral dress by Dolce and Gabbana

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Fergie, Duchess of York

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Prince Andrew's ex wife and the mother of princesses Beatrice and Eugenie arrives at St George's chapel

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Julia Carey and James Cordon

The actor and talk show host arrived with his wife, Julia

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Joss Stone

The musician, a close friend of Prince Harry, arrived at St George's chapel with a friend.

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Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

The Great Gatsby actress arrives wearing William &Son with her husband, musician Marcus Mumford.

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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Tennis star - and friend of Meghan's - arrived wearing Versace with her husband Alexis Ohanian

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Princess Anne

Prince Harry's aunt arrives at the chapel in a red and black ensemble

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Princess Beatrice

Prince Harry's first cousin wore a dark blue dress by Gainsbourg paired with a matching Fiona Graham headband. She wore shoes by Valentino.

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Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall

The Olympic equestrian (nee Phillips) and one of Prince Harry's first cousins, arrived with her husband.

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Princess Eugenie

Princess Eugenie, one of Prince Harry's first cousins, arrived in a powder-blue Jackie-Kennedy-inspired outfit. The dress is by Roksanda Viola and the pill-box hat is by Stephen Jones.

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Sophie, Countess of Wessex

The countess (married to Prince Harry's uncle Edward) arrived wearing a bespoke bodice top and midi skirt by British couture and ready-to-wear designer Suzannah.

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Queen Elizabeth II

Her Majesty the Queen arrives shortly before the bride wearing a flared silk dress in lime, lemon, purple and grey. Her coat is lime silk tweed. Both are by Stuart Parvin. The Queen's hat is also lime silk tweed by Angela Kelly and is adorned with handmade crystals and pearls by Lucy Price.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

The duchess of Cornwall arrives with Prince Charles. She is wearing a pink silk coat dress by Anna Valentine and her hat is by royal favorite Phillip Treacy.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Harry's sister-in-law sits in the chapel between Prince Andrew and the Duchess of Cornwall. She wears a yellow silk coat by Alexander McQueen -- who also famously designed her wedding gown when he married Prince William in 2011 -- paired with a Phillip Treacy hat and Jimmy Choos.

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Doria Ragland

Mother-of-the-bride Doria Ragland, who rode partway to Windsor with Meghan, arrives at St George's Chapel in a mint green ensemble by Oscar De la Renta. Her hat is by Stephen Jones.

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Chelsy Davy

Prince Harry's former girlfriend arrives dressed in navy.

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Gina Torres

The American actress was one of Meghan's Suits co-stars, many of whome who were invited to the ceremony.

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Princess Charlotte

Prince Harry's niece was one of the flower girls. She looked adorable in her Givenchy dress and flower crown.

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Sarah Rafferty

Actress Sarah Rafferty - who co-starred with Meghan in Suits -arrives in a navy blue ensemble

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Patrick J Adams

The actor who played Meghan's on-screen love interest in Suits looked dapper as he arrives for the ceremony with his wife Troian Bellisario, who wore a cream bell-sleeved dress with embellished shoulders.

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Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra

The actors - both friends of Meghan - looked happy and relaxed as they arrived at the chapel together.

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