The Duke of York was front and centre for the Trooping the Colour parade at the weekend, and stood right beside the Queen (in front of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) as the extended royal family assembled on Buckingham Palace’s balcony.
As Fergie and Andrew officially split in the 1990s, she no longer attends royal events, including the Queen’s birthday, however her heart was with them on the day.
“Happy Birthday Your Majesty and very proud of Andrew, Beatrice and Eugenie at Trooping the Colour today,” she wrote on Instagram about the celebrations.
Just last week, the former duchess paid another compliment to her ex-husband after he took part in the The Colonel’s Review horse parade, adding she was again ‘so proud’.
In the years since their divorce, the parents of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have grown increasingly close, and have continued to live together at Andrew’s home at The Royal Lodge since 2008.
Fergie was also by the prince’s side at the famous Ascot races in 2018 and joined him more recently on a trip to Bahrain as an official guest of the county’s Crown Prince.
The friendliest exes
While such affectionate behaviour may be unusual between ex-spouses, Andrew and Fergie have enjoyed a very amicable relationship since first splitting in 1992.
In fact, last year Fergie referred to herself and Andrew as the ‘happiest divorced couple in the world’.
“We’re divorced to each other, not from each other. We both say it. We are completely compatible. Our bywords are communication, compromise and compassion,” she said.
Opposition within the royal family
While Prince Philip has reportedly long objected to the pair being together, a shift in the 98-year-old’s hardline opposition may indicate new potential for a reunion.
According to friends, Andrew’s father simply no longer cares if the couple get back together and has softened his stance after decades of frostiness.
“It’s stupid to say that the Duke of Edinburgh has any issue with Andrew and Fergie’s relationship. He really doesn’t care anymore, on any level,” a source told The Sun last month.
However, another senior royal is apparently not as forgiving, with Prince Charles reportedly remaining firm in his stance against Fergie’s reentry into the royal family.
“Charles is not OK with Fergie,” an unnamed source has said, “He can’t stand her in reality.”
“He thinks she’s brought embarrassment to the Royal Family in the past and his relationship with his brother has been strained as a result.”
This embarrassment likely could refer to Fergie’s well-documented missteps including when she was pictured topless, having her toes sucked by another man while still married to the prince.
That scandal ultimately led to the couple announcing their separation, six years after they were married and four years before their divorce was finalised in 1996.
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