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Sarah Ferguson forced to cut short her holiday with The Queen at Balmoral after Prince Philip turns up

Sarah, Duchess of York has been forced to cut short her holiday at Balmoral with the Duke of York and The Queen after Prince Philip arrived at the Scottish retreat. Sarah left Balmoral reportedly yesterday upon the Prince’s arrival and headed back to London; she arrived on Thursday.

Prince Philip has been said to blame Sarah Ferguson for embarrassing The Queen and the Royal Family over the years.

An insider explained to the Daily Mail, “In previous years the Duchess has left the day before the Queen’s husband arrives.

“This year he arrived yesterday, several days earlier than expected, which is rather strange, so the Duchess left.”

It had been expected for the Yorks to spend around a week together in Scotland before Sarah’s departure, but she was spotted boarding a British Airways flight at Aberdeen Airport yesterday headed for London.

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It has been no secret over the years that the Duke of Edinburgh is not fond of his former daughter-in-law and the pair avoid each other the majority of the time. The Duke has refused to be under the same roof since the Duke and Duchess of York divorced in 1996. The only exception has been for the October 2018 wedding of Sarah and Andrew’s younger daughter, Princess Eugenie at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. On that day, the pair put their differences aside for their daughter and granddaughter and even appeared in the same photograph when the official wedding portraits were revealed.

The Queen began allowing Sarah, Duchess of York to join the Royal Family’s yearly summer Scottish gathering six years ago.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.