Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson have kept royal watchers guessing for decades as to whether or not a romantic reunion is on their cards.
But now it appears the famous divorcees have had one major hurdle removed from their path – in the form of Prince Philip’s long standing objection to the union.
According to friends, Andrew’s 97-year-old 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.
However, another senior royal is apparently not as forgiving with Prince Charles remaining firm in his stance against the duchess’ reentry into the royal family.
“Charles is not OK with Fergie. 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 the duchess’ 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 in 1992, six years after they were married and four years before the divorce was finalised in 1996.
But in the intervening years, the parents of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have grown increasingly close and have lived together at Andrew’s home at The Royal Lodge since 2008.
More recent speculation of a reunion has been compounded by Fergie’s appearance at Ascot in 2018 and her joining Andrew on a trip to Bahrain as an official guest of the county’s Crown Prince.
The duchess later took to Instagram to write how it was ‘such a joy to be invited to attend the Bahrain Grand Prix’ with her ex-husband and elder daughter.
But regardless of their official marital status, it appears the Duke and Duchess of York are content as to how their relationship has evolved.
“We’re the happiest divorced couple in the world,” Sarah said last year.
“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.”
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