Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, has expressed her low expectations of receiving an invitation to King Charles’ coronation on May 6th. The 63-year-old former wife of Prince Andrew has already made alternative plans for the day, revealing that she will watch the event in a “little tea room” while enjoying a coronation chicken sandwich.
The Duchess shared her plans during an appearance on ITV’s ‘Loose Women,’ stating, “I personally will be having a little tea room and coronation chicken sandwich and putting out the bunting.” She also took the opportunity to praise the future king, saying, “I think he’s going to be an amazing King with the lovely Camilla by his side.”
Queen Consort Camilla, 75, is set to have the ‘Consort’ dropped from her title when she is crowned alongside 74-year-old Charles at Westminster Abbey. Sarah expressed her approval, saying, “I think it’s great that it’s the Queen, it’s not the Queen Consort.”
Invitations for the coronation, which will host 2,000 guests, are being sent out on April 6th. Sarah was reportedly excluded from the royal family for some time by the Queen’s late husband, Prince Philip after intimate pictures of her with financial advisor John Bryan surfaced in 1992. The late Duke of Edinburgh was reportedly so incensed that he could not bear to be in the same room as Sarah for years. However, they eventually reconciled when they attended the wedding of Sarah’s daughter, Princess Eugenie, to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.
Sarah has also spoken fondly of the Queen and the late Princess Diana, telling Alan Carr’s ‘Life’s a Beach’ podcast, “When I think about The Queen, I feel very emotional and want to cry. When I think about (Diana), I smile, and I laugh – she was so funny.” The Duchess has expressed support for Charles and Camilla in the past, telling OK! magazine, “I have known both the King and the Queen Consort since I was a child.”
Sarah praised Charles for his environmental work and the Prince’s Trust, adding, “I think if you look at the king’s track record in areas like the environment, where he was decades ahead of his time, and the Prince’s Trust, it’s clear what an extraordinary man he is and how fortunate we are to have him on the throne.” She also commended Camilla for her dedication to causes such as literacy and domestic violence.
King Charles is expected to invite only 15 senior working royals to greet royal fans from the Buckingham Palace balcony on the day of his coronation. It is not yet known if Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will attend the ceremony, despite it being just a month away.