Here's why Sarah Ferguson skipped her BBC engagement interview

By Gemma Strong

Sarah Ferguson was scheduled to appear in a BBC interview about her daughter Princess Eugenie's engagement to Jack Brooksbank, but the proud mother of the bride pulled out. According to reports, the Duchess of York was replaced by her ex-husband Prince Andrew at the last minute, though the cause is unclear.

In his interview, Prince Andrew shared his excitement at Eugenie's engagement. "Absolutely overjoyed, I'm thrilled," he said. "Jack is an absolutely outstanding young man, and Eugenie and he have got to know each other over a number of years, and I'm really thrilled for them. I can't speak for the Duchess, but we are overjoyed at the news today that Eugenie and Jack have got engaged."

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Asked if he was looking forward to the wedding, Andrew replied: "Yes. It's now about finding the time and the date and getting all organised. And I think autumn sometime will be the sort of time that everybody's looking at. But we can't fix a date yet – we've got to look at everybody's diaries. It's a bit more complicated than that," he added with a laugh. "But today it's their day and I'm overjoyed for them and wish them every happiness."

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Eugenie, 27, is the second daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, and currently eighth in line to the throne. She will keep her royal title when she marries Jack, and will have the option to take his surname. In a series of tweets and Instagram posts, Sarah, 58, congratulated her daughter and future son-in-law, calling the announcement "total joy!" One message shared alongside a photo of the couple read: "A total embrace of goodness AND JOY, we love Jack and I AM SO EXCITED to have a son, a brother and a best friend, eugenie is one of the finest people I know and so together it will BE PURE HARMONY #totaljoy #engagement #TheDukeOfYork."

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Total joy #engagement @hrhthedukeofyork 

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