Where is Fergie? The Duchess of York’s absence from the royal mourning for Queen Elizabeth II

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Sarah Ferguson, who had an in depth relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, has not attended any royal occasions for the reason that Queen’s demise on September 8.

Regardless of her absence, the Duchess of York, higher generally known as Fergie, will attend the state funeral, royal skilled Shannon Felton Spence instructed Fox Information Digital.

“You are going to be on the funeral, however the place you are going to be sitting goes to be enjoyable,” Spence stated. “She’s not an official member of the royal household. So I do not suppose she’ll be sitting subsequent to Andrew.”

“We noticed the wives within the vehicles behind the motorcade, however not Fergie,” Spence famous, referring to the chariot procession that adopted Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to Westminster Corridor on Wednesday. “That is the place you’ll be able to see the truth that they’re divorced, though they nonetheless reside collectively and are very shut.”

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Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew married in 1986 before divorcing in 1996.

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew married in 1986 earlier than divorcing in 1996.

Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, pictured in 1987.

Sarah Ferguson, aka Fergie, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, pictured in 1987.

Royal skilled Hilary Fordwich famous that if Prince Andrew and Fergie had been nonetheless married, her position within the funeral preparations wouldn’t be “spotlight”.

“Even when she was nonetheless married to Prince Andrew, she would not have a outstanding position,” Fordwich instructed Fox Information Digital. “I’ll solely say that you simply solely see present spouses. Don’t forget that she is just not the present spouse of the Duke of York.”

“They’ve an excellent relationship as a result of they’re a divorced couple,” she added. “She was very supportive of him, however even when they had been married, you would not see her by his facet.”

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson married in 1986 and divorced in 1996, months prior to now, King Charles divorced Princess Diana.

Andrew and Fergie share two kids, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Despite their divorce, Sarah Ferguson has maintained a close relationship with Prince Andrew's mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Regardless of their divorce, Sarah Ferguson has maintained an in depth relationship with Prince Andrew’s mom, Queen Elizabeth II.

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After their separation, Fergie maintained an in depth relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. The Duchess of York shared a heartfelt tribute to the Queen shortly after Elizabeth’s demise.

“My coronary heart is saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen,” Fergie wrote on social media. “She leaves behind a rare legacy: the best instance of responsibility, service, resilience, and a relentless presence as Head of State for greater than 70 years.”

“She has selflessly given her entire life to the individuals of the UK and the Commonwealth of Nations,” she added. “For me, she was probably the most fantastic mother-in-law and good friend. I’ll all the time be grateful to her for the generosity she confirmed me in staying near me even after my divorce.

“I’ll miss her greater than phrases can specific.”

Ferguson’s shut relationship with the Queen may stem from a scarcity of a relationship along with her mom. The mom of the Duchess of York died in a automotive accident in 1998 after Ferguson’s father divorced and remarried.

Sarah Ferguson, Queen Elizabeth II and others watched a polo match in 2004.

Sarah Ferguson, Queen Elizabeth II and others watched a polo match in 2004.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Sarah Ferguson and others at a polo match in 2018.

Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Sarah Ferguson and others at a polo match in 2018.

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“I feel to myself that truthfully, my mother-in-law was extra of a mom to me than a mom. [She’s] You by no means falter,” Fergie beforehand stated of Queen Elizabeth II on an episode of the ‘Tea with Twiggy’ podcast in 2021.

“I undoubtedly suppose there isn’t a higher instructor than that,” she added. “Her Majesty’s consistency has been a terrific honour. An honor that makes me need to cry.”

Ashley Papa of Fox Information Digital contributed to this report.

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