Princess Beatrice to auction royal wedding hat; mom Fergie talks about snub

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Princess Beatrice‘s hat will probably go down in history as one of the hallmarks of the royal wedding of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton -- and now it may go down as the most serious bit of royal wedding memorabilia available for purchase.

‘She’s putting it up on EBay to auction it for UNICEF and for children in crisis,’ her mother Sarah Ferguson told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that aired Wednesday.

The fascinator, custom-made by London-based milliner Philip Treacy, apparently pushed the 22-year-old’s en vogue button, but Ministry commenters and the 136,000 members of ‘Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Royal Wedding Hat’ Facebook page did not agree.

The stiff-ribboned topper with a confounding hole at the center will go to the highest bidder -- likely someone who is either an avid royal memorabilia collector or as absurdly clueless as Bea’s stylist.

No word yet on when it’ll go up for auction or what the asking price will be, but the Treacy monstrosity’s contemporaries can sell new for $3,300 a pop, so those who are interested might start saving up immediately.


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Aside from discussing Beatrice’s hideous headgear, the Duchess of York opened up to the queen of daytime about her royal wedding snub. The original Fergie -- no Black Eyed Peas attached -- was married to Prince Andrew for 10 years before a scandalous divorce resulted in her becoming a persona non grata. She was also plugging ‘Finding Sarah,’ her new reality series that will air in June on OWN, Winfrey’s new network.

‘I was not invited,’ she told Winfrey about the snub, which made her miss the festivities with daughters Eugenie and Beatrice.

‘It was so difficult because I wanted to be there with my girls ... to be getting them dressed and to go as a family,’ she said. (And maybe to tell Beatrice not to wear antlers?)

‘I went through the phase of feeling so totally worthless and that [it] was quite right they didn’t invite me,’ she said. ‘Why would they, why would they invite me?’

‘In fact, when Andrew went with the girls, we were talking all morning and he was saying, it’s OK. Just remember we had such a good day. Our wedding was so perfect.’

Before April’s big event, Ferguson’s 1986 ceremony was the most recent royal wedding to take place at Westminster Abbey.


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Top photo: Princess Beatrice in her infamous Philip Treacy hat. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency