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Sarah Ferguson, with whom she had a close relationship Queen Elizabeth II, He has not attended any royal events since the Queen’s death on September 8.
Despite her absence, the Duchess of York, better known as Fergie, will attend the state funeral, royal expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital.
“You’re going to be at the funeral, but where you’re going to be sitting is going to be fun,” Spence said. “She’s no longer an official member of the royal family. So I don’t think she’ll be sitting next to Andrew.”
“We saw the wives in the cars behind the motorcade, but not Fergie,” Spence noted, referring to the chariot procession that followed Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to Westminster Hall on Wednesday. “This is where you can see the fact that they are divorced, even though they still live together and are very close.”
Royal expert Hilary Fordwich noted that if Prince Andrew and Fergie She was still married, and her role in the funeral preparations would not be “prominent.”
“Even if she was still married to Prince Andrew, she wouldn’t have a prominent role,” Fordwich told Fox News Digital. “I will only say that you only see current spouses. Do not forget that she is not the current wife of the Duke of York.”
“They have a very good relationship because they are a divorced couple,” she added. “She was very supportive of him, but even if they were married, you wouldn’t see her by his side.”
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson married in 1986 and divorced in 1996, months before now, King Charles divorced Princess Diana.
Andrew and Fergie share two children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
After the split, Fergie maintained a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. The Duchess of York shared a heartfelt tribute to the Queen shortly after Elizabeth’s death.
“My heart is saddened by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen,” Fergie wrote on social media. “She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the finest example of duty, service, resilience, and a constant presence as Head of State for more than 70 years.”
“She has selflessly given her whole life to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations,” she added. “For me, she was the most wonderful mother-in-law and friend. I will always be grateful to her for the generosity she showed me in staying close to me even after my divorce.
“I will miss her more than words can express.”
Ferguson’s close relationship with the Queen could stem from a lack of a relationship with her mother. The mother of the Duchess of York died in a car accident in 1998 after Ferguson’s father divorced and remarried.
“I think to myself that honestly, my mother-in-law was more of a mother to me than a mother. [She’s] You never falter,” Fergie previously said of Queen Elizabeth II on an episode of the ‘Tea with Twiggy’ podcast in 2021.
“I definitely think there is no greater teacher than that,” she added. “Her Majesty’s consistency has been a great honour. An honor that makes me want to cry.”
Ashley Papa of Fox News Digital contributed to this report.