Why is Sarah Ferguson not going to Prince Philip’s funeral?

Prince Philip’s funeral guest list announced by Royal Family

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Prince Philip died on Friday at Windsor Castle and members of the Royal Family will pay their respects to the late Duke of Edinburgh this Saturday. The funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The official guest list for Philip’s funeral has now been confirmed and some prominent members of the Royal Family are noticeably absent from the list.

The Queen will be joined on Saturday by her four children with Prince Philip: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward.

All eight of the Queen and Philip’s grandchildren will also be in attendance to say goodbye to their beloved grandfather.

Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Prince William will each be bringing their respective spouses.

Other members of the Royal Family will also be in attendance, including the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent, alongside some of Philip’s German relatives.

However, noticeably absent from the list of attendees are the Queen and Philip’s 10 great-grandchildren, including heir to the throne Prince George and siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will also not be attending as she is pregnant and has been advised by doctors not to fly from the US for the service.

Also absent from the list is Prince Andrew’s ex-wife and princesses Beatrice and Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson.

Although Andrew and Sarah have been divorced for many years, the pair still live together at the Royal Lodge, Windsor.

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Some may have assumed Sarah would have been extended an invite, based on her solid friendship with Prince Andrew and her position as Beatrice and Eugenie’s mother.

It isn’t clear why Sarah was not invited to Prince Philip’s funeral, however, Buckingham Palace has said the Queen faced “some very difficult” decisions when confirming the guest list for the funeral.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “At its heart it is still a family event.

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“We are following the Covid guidelines. There was a limit on who could be invited as a guest and Her Majesty wanted to ensure that all branches of the Duke’s family were there, and had to make some very difficult decisions about who would be there.

“For those that unfortunately can’t be there, I’m sure they will be making their own private arrangements about how they commemorate the Duke, and indeed celebrate the Duke.”

Sarah could also have been missed off the guest list because she reportedly did not have a good relationship with Prince Philip following her separation from Prince Andrew.

However, the Queen may have invited Sarah had she been able to invite more than 30 guests, as it is thought the Queen has a good relationship with her ex-daughter-in-law.

An insider told The Sun the Queen and Sarah have been spending time together around the grounds of Windsor.

The insider said: “They have been going on short walks around the gardens with the Queen and her corgis.

“Sarah’s very much in the fold now that the Duke of Edinburgh has gone.

“The Queen has always had a soft spot for Sarah and regards her as an excellent mother.”

Sarah was not invited to the wedding of Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

However, in recent years Sarah has been invited to more formal functions, accompanying her daughters and ex-husband to Ascot and attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex in 2018.

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