The Duchess of York was notably missing from the high profile Westminster Abbey Service, which marked Prince Andrew’s first appearance in public with his mother, the Queen, since he was stripped of his royal titles. But Sarah Ferguson was probably looking after her two grandchildren, Princess Eugenie’s son August and Princess Beatrice’s daughter Sienna.
The 61-year-old has previously opened up about being a grandmother and seeing her children become mothers.
She said: “You know it’s pretty incredible, but everyone asks me, ‘How are your grandchildren?’. Well, firstly, I look at my girls being wonderful mothers and then I see these incredible beings.”
“My children are phenomenal mothers. They were great children but now they’re phenomenal mothers.
“And now, I have these two exceptional grandchildren all in one year.”
Andrew, who stepped down from public life over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, had a front row seat, sitting next to his brother the Earl of Wessex and across the aisle from his other siblings.
Among those attending were Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were also present in honour of their great-grandfather – the first time they have attended a major public church service.
Sarah has remained close to Prince Andrew despite the pair divorcing in 1996 and she is thought to have supported her ex husband during allegations of sexual abuse.
The Duchess of York was also missing from Prince Philip’s funeral in April, and was reportedly looking after her grandson August while Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank attended.
The funeral at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle was restricted to just 30 guests due to coronavirus rules.