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

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Sarah Ferguson, who had a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, has not attended any royal events since the Queen’s death on 8 September.

Despite her absence, the Duchess of York, known as Fergie, will attend the state funeral, royal expert Shannon Felton Spence told Fox News Digital.

“She will be at the funeral, but where she sits will be interesting,” 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 wives in cars at the back of the procession, but not fake ones,” Spence said on Wednesday, referring to the vehicle procession after the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall. “That’s where you can see the reality that they’re divorced, even though they still live together and are so close.”

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

Sarah Ferguson, also known as Fergie, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, pictured in 1987.

Sarah Ferguson, also known as Fergie, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew, pictured in 1987.

Royal expert Hilary Fordwich noted that if Prince Andrew and Fergie were still married, her role in preparing for the funeral would not be “major”.

“Even if she was still married to Prince Andrew, she wouldn’t have a leading role,” Fordwich told Fox News Digital. “I’ll just say that the only thing you’re really seeing is the current spouse. Don’t forget, she is not the Duke of York’s current spouse.”

“They have a very good relationship as they are a divorced couple,” she said. “And she’s been very supportive of him, but even if they’re married, you might not be seeing her by your side.”

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson married in 1986 and divorced in 1996, months before King Charles would divorce Princess Diana.

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

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

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

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After their split, Fergie maintained a close relationship with Queen Elizabeth II. The Duchess of York paid an emotional tribute to the Queen shortly after Elizabeth’s death.

“I am shocked by the passing of Her Majesty the Queen,” Fergie wrote on social media. “She leaves behind an extraordinary legacy: the most splendid example of duty and service and perseverance, and her continued steady presence as our head of state for more than 70 years.”

“He has given his whole life selflessly to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth,” he said. “To me, she was the most incredible mother-in-law and friend. I will forever be grateful to her for the generosity she showed in being close to me even after my divorce.

“I can express him more than words.”

Ferguson’s close relationship with the Queen may have been due to his lack of ties with his own mother. The Duchess of York’s mother died in a car accident in 1998 after Ferguson’s father divorced and remarried.

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

Sarah Ferguson, Queen Elizabeth II and others watch 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 think to myself that to be honest, my mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother. [She’s] Never fumbled,” Fergie previously said of Queen Elizabeth II in a 2021 episode of the “Tee with Twiggy” podcast.

“I totally feel that there is no greater guru,” she said. “The continuation of Her Majesty has been a great honour. A huge honour. Makes me want to cry.”

Fox News Digital’s Ashley Papa contributed to this report.

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