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Posted at 1:00 AM ET, 01/23/2011

Sarah Ferguson at William and Kate's wedding?

By Autumn Brewington

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson may get an invite to the royal wedding. (AP)

There are a few good stories we want to come back to -- mainly on the topic of Prince William and Kate Middleton reportedly seeking charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts, and reports that lawmakers might have a gift of sorts for the royal couple: a change to the laws of succession to the throne that would allow the couple's children to be ranked by age, not gender.

Right now, though, we're intrigued by this Daily Mail report that Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's former wife, might be invited to William and Kate's April 29 wedding. Yes, it's true that the duchess of York -- widely known as Fergie, at least until the Black Eyed Peas hit it big -- was a longtime friend of William's mother, Diana. And yes, she is the mother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, whom the Mail report says are close to their cousin William.

But she was famously caught on camera last year selling access to her ex-husband. There was a lot of speculation that the woman who was still married to the queen's second son when she was photographed having her toes sucked by her financial adviser, and who had weathered other gaffes, would finally be cut off from royal circles.

To be fair, Ferguson quickly apologized when the tabloid video surfaced last May. Though she went on "Oprah," and is working on a reality show that's presumably a path to rehabilitation, she has never done a tell-all interview on deep royal secrets.

Still, we would consider this invitation a striking example of royal benevolence. Or a smart way to keep her from accepting an offer to do wedding-day commentary.

By Autumn Brewington  | January 23, 2011; 1:00 AM ET
Categories:  Guest list, Kate Middleton, Prince William  
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