Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Photo May Have Finally Revealed The Truth About An Apparent Family Feud

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Princess Eugenie of York married Jack Brooksbank at Windsor Castle on October 12, 2018. Then, once the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel finished, members of the family joined the bride for her official wedding photos. And, as it happens, one of the snapshots may have revealed an interesting truth about a supposed decades-long royal feud.

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Eugenie is the youngest daughter of Sarah, Duchess of York, and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s third child and second son, Prince Andrew. And the 28-year-old is currently ninth in line to the British monarchy, although she will move down one place with the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s child in 2019.

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Furthermore, as Eugenie is further down the line of succession than the likes of Princes William and Harry, for example, she does not receive money from the royal family. The princess has chosen to work for a living as well; currently, she is employed as a director at the Hauser & Wirth art gallery in London.

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Naturally, Eugenie’s love life has blossomed too, as in January 2018 Buckingham Palace revealed that she and Brooksbank were engaged. The pair had been in a relationship for several years after meeting in Switzerland, and they ultimately married at the same chapel where Harry and Meghan had tied the knot a few months earlier.

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The marriage between Eugenie’s parents hadn’t ended as well, however, as the Duke and Duchess of York officially ended their union when the princess was just six. Andrew, who is currently seventh in line to the throne, and Ferguson had known each other since they were young and had wed in 1986 at Westminster Abbey. However, the pair ultimately revealed that they had split in 1992 and divorced four years later.

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The former couple are also parents to Princess Beatrice and ultimately decided to have joint custody of their two children. However, it has been argued that Ferguson was shunned by the royal family after the dissolution of her marriage. In particular, the duchess had engaged in a series of activities thought to have brought embarrassment upon the monarchy.

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In August 1992 – a few months after Andrew and Ferguson announced their break-up – the Daily Mirror published photographs of the duchess. There, she appeared to be sunbathing semi-nude with American financier John Bryan, while in some of the images he appeared to be sucking her toes. And in the aftermath of the press coverage of the scandal, it has been claimed that Andrew’s late aunt, Princess Margaret, wrote a letter to Ferguson that stated, “You have done more to bring shame on the family than could ever have been imagined.”

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In addition, although Ferguson would claim that she earned just £15,000 ($19,300) a year as per the terms of her divorce settlement, The Sunday Telegraph later reported that she had actually received a one-off payment of £3 million ($3.8 million). And the duchess faced further scandal in the years following the end of the marriage.

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In 2010, for example, an undercover journalist from the News of the World recorded the royal apparently offering “access” to her ex-husband for a price of £500,000. “That opens up everything you would ever wish for,” the duchess allegedly said. “I can open any door you want. Look after me, and he’ll look after you… you’ll get it back tenfold.”

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As that suggests, however, Ferguson and Andrew are still speaking to each other. In fact, the duchess has continued to live with her ex-husband over the years since their divorce. “He’s still my handsome prince, [and] he’ll always be my handsome prince,” she said in a 2013 interview. “We believe in being good parents for our girls. In our every day, we really respect each other, and we honor each other.”

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And in a sign that Ferguson has indeed been welcomed back into the fold, she began to be invited to Balmoral in 2013. Yet while Prince Philip reportedly doesn’t like to be around Ferguson and avoids her during visits to the Scottish estate, Eugenie’s wedding photo has seemingly suggested that the rumored feud may now be behind the pair.

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Indeed, reports suggest that Ferguson has once again become part of the extended royal family. And it does rather seem as if the official wedding portrait confirms that. The image shows the duchess beaming while standing beside Philip and Andrew – with the Queen also close by.

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“[The photo] is highly significant and could be a step to ending the feud,” Phil Dampier, a royal commentator, told The Sun in October 2018. “It shows Sarah Ferguson right at the center of the Royal Family once again and will only fuel rumors that she and Prince Andrew might one day remarry. Most significantly, she is standing right next to Prince Philip, who hasn’t spoken to her in more than 20 years.”

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This is, in fact, the first time Philip and Ferguson have posed for a photograph together in over 25 years. The New York Post has even alleged that Philip has “refused to publicly acknowledge” Ferguson in any way since 1992. And Dampier similarly explained that the duchess has had to leave Balmoral before the duke’s arrival during her visits.

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“[Philip] once called [Ferguson] ‘odd’ and ‘pointless’ and would not be in the same room as her,” Dampier said. “He blamed her for bringing shame on the royal family and could not understand why Andrew let her move back in with him at Royal Lodge, his home at Windsor, when they had been divorced for so many years.” However, it is now claimed that tensions have finally thawed between the two royals.

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Indeed, the duke and duchess may even have had a conversation during the wedding reception at Windsor Castle. And Dampier believes that the family celebration – along with Philip’s advanced age – may well have led to the two deciding to put years of animosity behind them. He added that Ferguson will, no doubt, be grateful to see a shift in the monarchy’s perception of her.

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“Philip would not have wanted to cause bad feeling at the wedding and upset his granddaughter Eugenie,” Dampier said. “But maybe, at 97, he has decided that life is too short to continue bearing Ferguson ill will. [She] will be relieved that she is no longer a figure of ridicule and has been shown compassion and respect by Philip in posing with her.”

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There is in fact speculation that Andrew and Ferguson may marry for a second time. Earlier in 2018, the duchess shared a photo from Royal Ascot, where she spent time with Beatrice and Andrew. “Great day with my family,” she posted on Instagram alongside the picture.

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What’s more, Eugenie once described her parents as “the best divorced couple” that she knows, despite them having separating over 25 years ago. And in 2017 Ferguson told an Australian radio show that she sometimes forgets she and Andrew are no longer together. “We’re divorced to each other right now,” she said. “We’ve never really left each other.”

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So, Ferguson seems closer to the royal family now than she has been in decades. But even if that was not the case, she would still be able to remarry Andrew. In fact, the Royal Marriages Act dictates that only the top six people in line to the monarchy need permission from the Queen to wed. And that leaves the door open should the Duke and Duchess of York decide to re-tie that knot.

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