How is Fergie doing? Why the Duchess of York skipped Queen Elizabeth II’s royal funeral

NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Sarah Ferguson, who was close to Queen Elizabeth II, hasn’t gone to any royal functions since the monarch passed away on September 8.

The Duchess of York, also known as Fergie, will attend the state burial despite not being there, according to royal authority Shannon Felton Spence, who spoke to Fox News Digital.

She will attend the funeral, but it will be fascinating to see where she sits, Spence added. “She is no longer a recognized member of the royal family. She won’t likely be seated near to Andrew, in my opinion.”

Spence remarked, referring to the car parade that escorted the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II to Westminster Hall on Wednesday, “We saw the spouses in the cars following the procession, but not Fergie. Even though they still live together and are quite close, you can see there that they are actually divorced.


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.

Fergie would not have had a “prominent” part in the burial arrangements if Prince Andrew and she were still married, according to royal analyst Hilary Fordwich.

Even if she were still wed to Prince Andrew, Fordwich said, “shes not going to have a big role.” “I’ll simply say that you really only see the spouses that are still together. Remember that she is not the Duke of York’s current spouse.”

She continued, “For being a divorced couple, they have a very nice relationship. And even if they were married, you wouldn’t see her by his side, despite the fact that she has been incredibly supportive of him.

Years before King Charles and Princess Diana would be divorced, in 1996, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson got married.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie are two of Andrew and Fergie’s daughters.

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

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