Sarah Ferguson has been unusually active on social media in recent days, posting candid photographs of her and Queen Elizabeth II’s corgis, having been trusted to take care of them following the monarch’s death. The images, published on Instagram to mark the Duchess of York’s 63rd birthday on October 15, show her lying in the grass as she plays with the two dogs, Muick and Sandy. Earlier this month, she said it was “a big honour” to have taken on the late Queen’s beloved pets, describing them as “national treasures” and revealing they had “been taught well”.
Royal fans were delighted by the photographs, with one commenting: “How heartbreakingly beautiful, they are in safe, gentle hands with Sarah,” and another adding: “Lovely to see the corgis are being loved and happy.”
The images came following the Duchess’ announcement of her upcoming book, ‘A Most Intriguing Lady’, a historical romance novel which will be available in March. In a promotional video, Sarah said: “I am delighted to bring you the most amazing, romantic historical novel…It is so exciting. It is full of seduction and scandals. Well, it is ‘A Very Intriguing Lady’.”
But while royal watchers have expressed their excitement, some commentators have shown their concern, claiming King Charles III may have to intervene if Sarah, affectionately known as Fergie, continues to be “unfiltered”.
Hosts of the Royally Obsessed podcast, Christina Garibaldi and Christine Ross, discussed Fergie’s latest social media posts, saying the Duchess of York appears to be “going rogue”.
“It was excruciatingly embarrassing and she went to the Queen, and the Queen was livid. She was absolutely furious with Sarah.”
However, it is understood that Sarah and the Queen shared a friendship years after the toe-sucking scandal, and, following Her Majesty’s death, the Duchess paid tribute to the monarch on Instagram, writing: “I am heartbroken by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most fantastic example of duty and service and steadfastness, and a constant steadying presence as our head of state for more than 70 years…
“To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in remaining close to me even after my divorce. I will miss her more than words can express.”
Less is known about Fergie’s bond with the new monarch, with some reports suggesting the pair once had a friendship and others indicating that their relationship is complicated.
In the years since Sarah and Andrew split, the former couple have remained close but Charles’ relationship with the Duchess definitely changed.
It’s been said that when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married in May 2018, Fergie, who was invited to the church ceremony, was not invited to the evening reception on the King’s request.
An insider told MailOnline at the time: “She is not a member of the Royal Family any more and Prince Charles simply doesn’t have time for her. He just can’t see why she is still such a big part of his brother’s life.”
Another source told The Sun that Charles’ reasoning for not wanting to associate with Fergie was to do with her taking Princess Diana’s side years ago. They said: “Charles is not OK with Fergie. He can’t stand her in reality.
“They don’t get on personally. There’s so much baggage because he feels she sided with Diana over Camilla.”