Sarah Ferguson will spend the holidays with the royal family for the first time in 30 years

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It's been many years since Fergie and Andrew have been spotted in public over the Christmas holidays. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)
It's been many years since Fergie and Andrew have been spotted in public over the Christmas holidays. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

She's spent the holidays on her own for the past three decades but this year things are certainly looking up for Prince Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.

The Duchess of York has been invited to celebrate Christmas with the British royal family, and staff at Sandringham are getting ready to host Fergie (63), her ex-husband Prince Andrew (62), and their two daughters, Beatrice (34) and Eugenie (32). 

“When she split with Andrew, Sarah was never allowed at the family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day while Philip and the queen were alive,” a source at Sandringham says.

“For 30 years she used to have Christmas dinner on her own. But things are being done differently now."

Fergie was banned from family Christmas gatherings in 1992 after she was caught on camera having her foot kissed by financial adviser John Bryan.

Fergie during her last royal Christmas in 1991. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

If she accepts the invite, it's anticipated that she'll make her first public appearance with her ex-hubby since he was stripped of his royal title and duties in the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal in May 2020.

Not that he'll be taking centre stage any time soon – the royal family plans to keep Andrew out of the public eye.

Palace insiders say the decision to relieve the disgraced royal of his official responsibilities in January indicates that there are no plans for him to return as a senior royal. Also, the fact that he'll lose his £3m-a-year taxpayer-funded police bodyguard in December confirms that King Charles will take a much tougher stance on the matter than the queen did.

Although Prince Andrew has been relieved of his official royal duties, he's still involved in family life. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/ Getty Images)

Andrew and Fergie are set to join the rest of the family on Christmas Eve in Sandringham's White Room, where they’ll exchange gifts and sit down together for a black-tie evening meal. The exes, who've remained friends through the years, have also been invited to the royal family's feast on Christmas Day.

Mike Tindall is also expected to be join the festivities, fresh from his stint on Australian reality show I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here.

Mike and Zara Tindall are also expected to join the royal family feast at Sandringham.

The 44-year-old former rugby star, who’s married to Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara (41), finished fourth in the show and admits that it was challenging to be away from his family.

"The hardest thing about the whole show, especially when you've got three little ones as well, is being away for that period of time," he says.

Mike is now looking forward to spending quality time with Zara, their three children, Mia (8), Lena (4), 20-month-old son Luca and the rest of the royal family.

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“There’s some sense of humour kicking around in the family; let’s see if some interesting gifts come underneath that tree,” he says.

Prince Harry, Meghan and their kids, Archie and Lili, were believed to have been invited to join the festivities but declined.


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