Sarah Ferguson has spoken for the first time in public about her sadness at not being invited to the royal wedding.
The Duchess of York told Oprah Winfrey: "I was not invited. I chose to go and be in Thailand in a place called Camelia… the jungle embraced me."
The 51-year-old - speaking on the talk show that will air in America on Wednesday - added: "It was so difficult because I wanted to be there with my girls - to be getting them dressed and to go as a family."
But the mother of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie was full of praise for the Duchess of Cambridge, saying: "I think Diana would be so proud of her son. Both of them."
"I'm here to say how proud she would have been and Kate looked utterly beautiful."
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