Duchess of York Reunites With Royal Family Thanks To Camilla's Support

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Closeup of Sarah Ferguson
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Sarah Ferguson is back in royal circles.

The 63-year-old Duchess of York may have been an outcast among royals since splitting with Prince Andrew 30 years ago, but the tide has reportedly turned for her since King Charles took over the throne.

'Camilla Likes Sarah'

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According to Mail Online, Fergie has found a strong ally in Queen Consort Camilla. An insider said, “Camilla likes Sarah. They're both gentry. They share a love of horses and Fergie will be smart enough to play the game with Camilla and realise she is the power behind the King. That she must be nice to them and support them.”

She Was At Sandringham Last Christmas

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Proof that she’s been welcomed back? She reportedly joined the family last Christmas during their traditional celebrations at Sandringham.

She Attended Two Events

Sarah Ferguson in white gown
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Not only did she get an invite to Christmas lunch but she was also present at the Boxing Day shoot the following morning. The latter event used to be hosted by Prince Philip, and Fergie was never invited before because of Philip’s dislike of her.

Philip Would Not Have Approved

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The source said, “There was Fergie, in the thick of it, chatting away to the King and Queen Consort on the Boxing Day shoot. Philip would never have allowed that.”

Prince Andrew And Their Children Always Attended

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In past years, Prince Andrew would always attend together with their children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, but Fergie was left behind. The ex-couple still live together at Royal Lodge in Windsor despite divorcing in 1996.

They Stayed In Philip's Former Home

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew when they were younger
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As further proof that the Duchess is being accepted again, it was also reported that the Yorks were allowed to stay at Wood Farm, Prince Philip’s former home in Sandringham.

Her Controversies

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Fergie was shunned by the royal family following her split with Andrew thanks to a string of scandals, such as the toe-sucking incident caught by paparazzi (she was photographed while an ex-lover kissed her foot).

The Palace Is Looking Past Her Faults

Queen Consort Camilla and King Charles
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But now, the royal family seems to be willing to move on from the controversies. The insider said, “There's a feeling that, no matter what Sarah's personal faults – and she can be like Marmite in that respect – she has been a good mother to the girls and loyal to Andrew.”

She's Reinvented Herself As A Writer

Fergie has reinvented herself as a historical romance writer and is currently promoting her second Mills & Boon book titled A Most Intriguing Lady.