Prince Andrew’s ex-wife Fergie ‘will remain a Duchess’ despite losing Duke titles
The Duke of York’s ex-wife reportedly has no intention of giving up her title as her ex has been stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages
Sarah Ferguson will remain Duchess, although her husband has been stripped of his HRH titles and honors by the Queen, according to reports.
The Duke of York’s ex-wife reportedly has no intention of giving up her title, which she has retained since their divorce.
Earlier this week it was announced that Prince Andrew, mired in sexual abuse claims and now facing a civil trial, at been stripped of his military affiliations and royal patronages.
The disgraced Duke will no longer use the title of His Royal Highness in an official capacity and is it is expected to disappear of public life forever.
But Sarah’s friends told the Daily Mail she had held the title of Duchess since her divorce from Andrew and “that’s how it’s going to stay”.
“Andrew is still the Duke of York so that’s no problem,” they said.
Prince Andrew became Duke of York, a title usually reserved for the monarch’s second son, when he married Fergie in 1986.
The title was previously held by the Queen’s father, George VI and her grandfather, George V.
Although Fergie divorced Andrew over 30 years ago in 1996, she can continue to use the title until she marries someone else. Then she would lose him.
Fergie’s daughters with Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, will also retain their Royal Highness titles.
Fergie, whose Twitter handle is SarahTheDuchess, has used her title to promote her books and other products around the world.
Another friend of the Duchess said Sarah had “absolutely no intention” of stepping away from the spotlight.
The comments come as the Royal Family is said “furious” with the prince over sexual claims and discrediting the family.
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The stripping of Andrew’s titles comes after a judge ruled he should face a civil trial over allegations of sexual abuse.
Virginia Giuffre claims Andrew’s boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sex with the royal three times when she was 17.
The Duke of York vehemently denies the allegations.
Faced with a potentially damaging and costly lawsuit, the Queen’s middle son must decide if he wants to fight the case, settle, or become a debtor fugitive.
If Prince Andrew wishes to settle down, he must first ensure he has the finances to do so in addition to his spiraling legal bills.
The Mirror revealed the Queen would ‘not be helping’ with any further financial settlement for Ms Giuffre over the sex allegations.
A source said he was bearing all the costs himself and if there was any potential for a settlement ‘there is no doubt the Queen would not help him with it’.
The Duke, who lives at Queen’s Royal Lodge in Berkshire, is currently in the process of selling his £17million Swiss chalet.
Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who were recently pictured vacationing in Switzerland, are believed to still be fully behind their father.
The royal sisters, the Queen’s granddaughters, have remained well away from the drama surrounding their father, but are said to be “extremely distressed” by his legal woes.
However, other members of the royal family have reportedly rallied behind the couple, who, according to a source, believe their father “doesn’t deserve what is happening to him”.
Last month Sarah appeared on an Italian talk show where she said she was 100 per cent behind Andrew and explained that they ‘share a love like no other’.
She once told the Daily Mail, “We’re the happiest divorced couple in the world. We’re divorced from each other, not each other.”