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‘Hello? Where is Fergie?’: Sarah Ferguson offered her help to ‘The Crown’… but they declined


by Sarah Finnan
29th Jul 2021

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Sarah Ferguson offered her royal expertise to ‘The Crown’ writers, but it seems that they were uninterested in her input.

A big fan of the show, Sarah Ferguson is less than impressed that she hasn’t been consulted about her character on The Crown as of yet. So much so that she even offered her help to writers of the show… who politely declined her input. Ouch. 

“Hello? Where is Fergie?” she joked in a recent interview with Town & Country. Taking it upon herself to contact executive producer to see what the deal is, she later added, “I said to him, ‘Why can’t I help my character?’” The Duchess of York’s eagerness to contribute wasn’t entertained though. Either they’re happy they know what they’re doing, or they have little plans to explore Fergie’s life any further… only time will tell. 

Ferguson’s character did make a brief appearance in season four of the show though, right as she began dating Prince Andrew. In fact, the duo’s wedding even made the cut with the Duchess previously saying that she thought “it was filmed beautifully”. 

“The cinematography was excellent,” she told US Weekly after finishing the season. “I loved the way they put my wedding in as well.” Tom Byrne played the part of Prince Andrew while Jessica Aquilina was cast as Ferguson. 

Meanwhile, the fifth season of The Crown is already underway with a view to it landing on Netflix sometime next year. Imelda Staunton takes over from Elizabeth Coleman as The Queen for the final two seasons, with several new cast members also set to join the lineup too – including Fleabag’s Andrew Scott as Tony Blair, Jonny Lee Miller as Sir John Major 

Speaking to the publication about a myriad of things other than her failed attempts to liaise with The Crown writers, Ferguson later discussed the small issue of her royal wedding snub. Stripped of “her royal highness” following her divorce, she was allowed to hold onto the “Duchess of York” title but not even this was enough to win her an invite to Kate and William’s nuptials in 2011. 

But it was apparently a decision she neither “fought nor resented”, with the new grandmother commenting, “I didn’t think I was probably worthy to go to their wedding. I took myself to Thailand actually, to be far away from it so that I could try and heal.”

She was invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding in 2018, however, Ferguson has since made her stance on the whole Megxit situation clear with reports emerging that she texted words of support to journalist Piers Morgan following his comments on Good Morning Britain earlier this year. Sidestepping direct questions on her thoughts about Markle, all she said on the matter was, “I believe that Diana would be so proud of her boys… and she’d be so proud of her grandchildren.” 

Was excluding Kate and Meghan in that statement a pointed move? Maybe, maybe not.

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