Sarah Ferguson risked Queen Elizabeth’s wrath when she appeared on an American television show without Her Majesty’s permission. The incident distanced the Duchess of York from the Queen for a brief period of time.
In 1998, Fergie made a cameo in “Friends” shortly after she divorced from Prince Andrew. Even though she was no longer an official member of the royal family, she was asked not to expose herself too much post-divorce. However, Ferguson didn’t listen.
As such, when the Queen learned that she agreed to appear on “Friends,” the monarch became furious. And to make things worse, Her Majesty wasn’t very thrilled to know that London was used as a backdrop for one of the scenes involving Ferguson.
During the filming of the controversial episode, rumors swirled that the Queen banned the cast and crew of “Friends” from filming outside the Buckingham Palace because she’s not pleased with her former daughter-in-law’s casting.
But it was later on revealed that the staff and crew of “Friends” were banned from filming outside Buckingham Palace because only documentaries or news may be filmed there. However, this decision had nothing to do with the Queen’s negative feelings towards Prince Andrew’s ex-wife.
In the end, Ferguson still appeared in the two-part Season 4 finale episode of “Friends” called “The One With Ross’s Wedding.” In the installment, the characters from the series except for Phoebe traveled to London for Ross and Emily’s wedding.
Prior to the wedding ceremony, Joey went on a sightseeing trip around London where he crossed paths with Fergie and Richard Branson. According to the cast and crew of “Friends,” Fergie was a professional.
Meanwhile, Princess Beatrice’s mom wasn’t the only member of the royal family who took part in a television show. Years ago, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and the other royals also appeared in the show “It’s A Royal Knockout.”
And just like Ferguson, they were also plagued with controversies.