Royal reschedules visit down under

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York has postponed her upcoming visit to Australia.

The red-haired royal was originally scheduled to appear as a “special guest” at The Festival of Fiction writer’s festival at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Perth on October 19.

She will now appear at a special event at Joondalup Resort in Perth on November 1st to avoid distracting from her former brother-in-law’s royal tour the month prior.

“With regret, Sarah, Duchess of York has decided to withdraw from the Festival of Fiction, so as not to distract or detract in any way from the tour of Australia by his majesty the King, which has recently been announced,” said a statement released on behalf of the royal in mid-July.

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Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York speaks on stage at the Global Citizen NOW: Melbourne & Global Citizen Nights at the Palais Theatre on March 6, 2024. (Credit: Getty)

According to the festival’s website, ‘Fergie’ “will be discussing her prolific career as an author of over fifty books (including erotic fiction) and telling us about her latest exciting projects.”

The mother-of-two is also the brainchild behind the widely cherished Little Red children’s book series and even published her own memoir Finding Sarah: A Duchess’s Journey to Find Herself in 2011.

It is expected that Sarah will promote her latest book, A Woman of Intrigue, during her appearance at the event.

Set in the Victorian era, The Sunday Times bestseller follows a captivating heroine (Lady Mary) as she solves crimes and battles against society, her family, and her heart.

The trip will be the second time that the Duchess has travelled down under in 2024 after landing on our shores for the Globel Citizen NOW summit in Melbourne in March – which she co-chaired.

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Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Sarah, Duchess of York, and Jane Ferguson at a Service of Thanksgiving for Major Ron Ferguson in December 2004. (Credit: Getty)

It is unclear how long Sarah will be in Australia, and if she will travel anywhere outside of Perth.

But given her older sister Jane resides on the Central Coast of New South Wales, it is possible that Sarah will also fly home to the United Kingdom via the east coast of Australia.

Jane is currently dating Ramin Marzbani and lives a laid-back life that is worlds away from that which was afforded to her as the daughter of the royal family’s former polo manager. Sarah reportedly met Ramin for the first time at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in 2018.

Speaking with New Idea in 2021, Jane revealed that Sarah and Ramin “got on like a house on fire” at the family occasion.

The couple first met in 2010 at an airport business lounge.

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