Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank, which is to place on Friday, 12 October at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, is expected to attract a number of high-profile wedding guests
Celebrity couples like George and Amal Clooney, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, and Robbie Williams and Ayda Fields are expected to attend the R40-million wedding.
The venue – the same spot where Meghan and Harry said ‘I do’ earlier this year – can reportedly seat up to 850 guests, but one guest who is guaranteed not to witness her extravagant nuptials is Eugenie’s aunt (by marriage) – Duchess Camilla.
The wife of Prince Charles – brother of Eugenie’s father, Prince Andrew – has decided to skip the ceremony altogether.
According to reports by the palace, Camilla will be attending a local school harvest festival in Birkhall, near Balmoral Castle.
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If rumours are to be believed – and we all know how the British royal family loves to hide skeletons in their fancy closets – Camilla’s absence is due to her longstanding feud with Eugenie’s parents, Prince Andrew and his ex-wife the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson (aka ‘Fergie’)
Their stand-offish relationship dates back to the time of Prince Charles’s first wife – the late Princess Diana.
Sarah was widely heralded as Diana’s close friend and ally, even before their marriages into the royal family.
Talking about her late friend, Sarah once wrote in her biography, My Story: “Diana was one of the quickest wits I knew; nobody made me laugh like she did.”
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Given the romantic history of Charles and Camilla (they were lovers prior to his relationship with Diana and allegedly had an extramarital affair when they were married to different partners), Sarah is not exactly a fan of the future queen.
“Fergie and Diana were close friends and she saw first-hand the anxiety and depression that [Camilla and Charles’s] affair brought to her – and it’s always churned away inside Fergie, ” a source told New Idea.
Princess Diana’s recollection of how she confronted Camilla about cheating with her husband has to be one of the hardest thing a woman can do. This was after years of her knowing what was happening between the two. pic.twitter.com/8lLwZ2OHyM
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Back in August, it is believed that Sarah and Camilla had it out in an explosive argument
“Fergie and Camilla came to blows at Balmoral, it was an enormous row that absolutely no-one saw coming,” the source told New Idea.
“It seems that Fergie has never really confronted Camilla over the pain and heartache she caused Diana over her affair with Charles (sic),” continued the source.
There’s also no love lost between Camilla and Andrew; according to royal insiders the former believed the Duke of York did not support her controversial relationship with Charles after Diana’s death
“Camilla has always felt Andrew could have done more,” said the insider.
“The Queen listens to Andrew and he could have helped his brother at a time when he had few allies within the family.
“In fact, I would go so far as to say he was deeply unhelpful when support would have meant a huge amount to her and the Prince.
But royal commentator Victoria Arbiter has poured cold water on all the rumours and claims Camilla’s decision to skip the second royal wedding of the year is purely down to a clash of dates
“It’s at a school and was scheduled long before. I expect she doesn’t want to disappoint the children… it doesn’t indicate any malice or ill-feeling,” she tweeted.
I know it seems odd that Camilla’s missing Eugenie’s wedding but it doesn’t indicate any malice or ill-feeling. Royals don’t like to disappoint. Given she’d already committed to attending a school event it’s duty first.
— Victoria Arbiter (@victoriaarbiter) October 7, 2018
As she claims, it definitely seems odd!
Which begs the questions: Is Camilla skipping Eugenie’s wedding day because she a woman of her word when it comes to a royal duties? Could she have (at least) rescheduled her meeting with the schoolchildren to perhaps the day after Eugenie’s wedding?
Or is she continuing to bear resentment towards the royal family for the non-approval of her past indiscretions?