Sarah Ferguson finally got to say something about Princess Beatrice’s wedding

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and HRH Princess Beatrice

The movement to praise Princess Beatrice for her small, somewhat socially distanced wedding is over-the-top and full of racist dog whistles. It has been obvious for nearly a full year that Princess Beatrice wanted a big, splashy wedding and that Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was down with all of it because he wanted those royal connections. Prince Andrew’s BBC interview last year was the first signal that Beatrice would not get her dream wedding, but the Queen was still going to organize something special for her favorite son’s oldest daughter. This is why the plan was for Beatrice to marry in London (the first royal to do so since the Cambridge wedding) and have a Buckingham Palace reception. That got cancelled because of the pandemic. Then Beatrice’s people floated the idea of having a huge wedding next year, only to have that idea widely mocked.

My point is that I have sympathy for all of the drama around Beatrice’s wedding, but I find the narratives exhausting. Especially since it’s clear that the Queen and Prince Andrew were working together to stage-manage every little detail of the small wedding. The trade-off for Beatrice getting a Queen-approved wedding was A) she had to cosplay the Petty Betty and B) Beatrice’s parents were not allowed to be seen in any photos. I would imagine that Sarah Ferguson was actually embargoed specifically from saying anything. And it worked… for a few days. Last night, the Duchess of York posted this on IG:

Curious, right? She just had to say *something* but Buckingham Palace must have explicitly prohibited her from posting any photos from the wedding or reception. Andrew wouldn’t need to be told to not post photos. This was clearly the plan he hatched with the Queen, to behave as if Beatrice was basically an orphan, not to provide any quotes and not be included in any photos. Weird how this isn’t breaking the holy royal protocol, huh?

Princess Eugenie was also embargoed from posting anything on her Instagram for several days, but at least she eventually got to use the palace-approved portraits.

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Photos courtesy of Backgrid, Buckingham Palace, Fergie’s social media, Eugenie’s IG and WENN.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I think the reference to Eugenie’s wedding is kind of weird. Like she could have skipped that line, and just ended with the bit about her girls and her sons in law.

    Anyway like you said Kaiser the narrative around Beatrice’s wedding is exhausting. I think she made the best out of it, considering the pandemic and her father, but yeah, the twitter narrative that this is how “true royalty” acts is just annoying.

    • notasugarhere says:

      ‘True royalty’ being the corrupt Queen unlawfully using her unearned position to keep her rapist son from facing criminal charges. The granddaughter who is choosing to be part of that PR messaging with the wedding in the Queen’s dress, Queen’s wedding tiara, at the church where the Queen Mum attended services.

      She’s made her choices, including marrying a snake oil salesman because she’s an easy mark.

      • ABritGuest says:

        According to people mag, Beatrice WAS going to wear another dress but ‘new circumstances’ resulted in her asking to borrow the Queen’s dress. Wonder if new circumstances were Ghislaine’s arrest?

        So as few posters have said- seems some PR crisis management around this ceremony. Seems it worked out well though so nicely done BP

      • The Recluse says:

        Favoritism in a nutshell.

    • minx says:

      That struck me too, because she mentioned Eugenie first. FFS give Beatrice the spotlight, no need to even mention Eugenie. Or do it in a more generic way.
      The more I see Bea’s dress the more I dislike those sleeves. They look cheap. It would have been beautiful with the original straps. And I don’t know the ins and outs of tiaras, but I still think the tiara doesn’t quite go with the dress. It’s too tall with the way she wore her hair.

  2. Züri says:

    I have to commend her for looking like she’s stuffed into a sausage casing at every public appearance. I have nothing else about this thirsty grifter other than that I hope she goes down when Andrew does.

  3. Carobell says:

    To me the absolute embargo tells me that they are sincerely worried about more dirt about Andrew coming out and following the rules to try and maintain the protection from the Queen.

    • ABritGuest says:

      Trump just denied knowing anything about Prince Andrew allegations when asked about Ghislaine Maxwell& naming powerful men at his latest press conference. Plus Emily Mathis has been doing rounds about the Newsnight interview as it is in the running for a BAFTA & it just came out that the palace advisors thought the Newsnight interview had gone well until they saw the public reaction. How embarrassing for the palace& the Queen’s fave. No wonder there was no sight of Andrew at the wedding& in BP’s press release they didn’t even name him& just referred to the bride’s father.

      Palace is finally realising that Andrew is toxic as hell. Of course to deflect on real reasons for the small wedding people like Sarah Vine have to make it about Meghan & what she could ‘learn’ from Beatrice’s humble ceremony.

      • Elle says:

        There’s a video of Trump doing the rounds lately from 2015,
        where he states that Andrew should be asked about Epstein’s island, which he calls a ‘cesspool’.

  4. MsDiMeanOur says:

    That pic of Fergie.. With wet underarms… Major ewww
    Also she is aging really badly

    Again.. Wishing Bea the best for her marriage

    • Still_Sarah says:

      @ Msdimeanor : think Fergie is aging naturally and allowing her face to be filler-free. I think that is how her generation does it.

      • Argus says:

        There are so many million things to criticise Fergie for. Is sweaty armpits something to go Ewwww about? Sweating on a hot day is a normal biological function. Other royals have been photographed with sweaty pits too.

      • MsIam says:

        Excuse me but I am of “Fergie’s generation” and trust me a lot of us are at the dermatologist and the plastic surgeon everyday. She’s 60, not 80. Girlfriend should have been loading up on her sunscreen.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Sarah has had multiple procedures. Botox, thread lift, collagen injections, vitamin/amino filler injections, laser treatments. She admits it herself in interviews.

      • The Recluse says:

        Looks like some sun damage.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      At least Fergie can sweat.

    • Juniper says:

      Maybe she’s doing the non-aluminum thing? Remember when they made fun of Megan for the same thing ?

      But yes, she’s tacky.

  5. Elizabeth Regina says:

    The Yorks are such an embarrassment. Fergie just can’t help herself.

  6. Lisa says:

    They are playing it smart but I agree with you about the narrative surrounding it being exhausting. The only reasonntueybarendoing that is to try to stick it to the Duchess living an ocean away rent free in their heads. I certainly wish Beatrice and her new husband the best and think they did well given the circumstances but this wasn’t from the original plan and like everyone else they adjusted. The end.

  7. bluemoonhorse says:

    Color on these photos is awful. Dull as sepia toned ditch water. It also emphasizes the shadows on her face, making her head skull like.

    • Hollah says:

      Couldn’t agree more! They are not going to age well with this stupid filter.

      • bluemoonhorse says:

        Yeah I mean what is up with this filter? I guess they were going with a retro vintage look? And it looks like a FUNERAL.

  8. Andrea says:

    What is going on with the commas in that quote she posted? The spacing? These people are so unintelligent.

    • Noodle says:

      @Andrea! Bless you! I found another comma complainer. I told myself not to comment because it’s not really THAT big of a deal, but then I saw your comment and felt like I should support you! My English teacher eyes and red correcting pen were agitating after seeing her post!

      • Andrea says:

        @Noodle – English major here. Poor grammar (especially something as simple as spacing) is a big barometer for me! 😂

    • Green Desert says:

      Haha oh my god thank you. When I first read her post my first thought was about how poorly written it was. 😂

    • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

      THANK YOU! I felt so petty for being bothered! lol. Ret. Teacher here, too, and a firm believer/lover of the Oxford comma.

  9. Alexandrajane says:

    ‘dear edo’ on both posts. Seems super odd way for both them to call him this.

  10. Lelo says:

    I liked these photos initially but the blush filter is fairly obvious and looks a bit over done. It is a favourite for making photos more romantic and flattering if you are pale skinned so prob why Beatrice chose it.

  11. Bettyrose says:

    At this point I’m only clicking RF threads because I miss Meghan & Harry coverage. You know without this damn pandemic we’d be getting plenty of public appearances and fashion inspiration.

  12. Lizzie says:

    BTW, In the history of wearing your grandmothers dress at your own wedding, how many have been an evening gown that can double as a wedding dress?

    • bettyrose says:

      I mean, how many of us have grandmothers with a collection of gorgeous evening gowns that have been stored for decades in perfect condition? Wedding dress, maybe.

  13. Lululu says:

    50 bucks says either Bea or Eugenie (or both) gets pregnant just before Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial.

    • bettyrose says:

      It never stops being gross how closely connected this family is to a sex trafficking ring that’s also closely tied to U.S. political corruption. Hey, we really are a global community, aren’t we?

  14. Beesknee says:

    I am on Team Meghan. But I see no issue w/ Sarah’s comments. In her statement Sarah is including both daughter’s to be sensitive or fair to them. And though I am not fond of Bea’s appearance, it is her choice.