Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are together again as a couple more than 20 years after their divorce, according to reports.
The Queen’s second son is said to be back in a relationship with his ex-wife, although not everyone in the family is happy.
Andrew and Fergie, both 59, famously stayed the best of friends after their 1996 divorce and lived together while raising daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
Last year Fergie famously said the pair ‘never really left each other’ and are ‘the happiest divorced couple in the world.’
But Fergie joined her former husband last weekend after he completed a number of official royal visits overseas.
The couple stayed in Bahrain on a private visit but were official guests of their host, the Bahrain Crown Prince.
It is the first royal visit by the Duchess of York in over 25 years and has been seen as proof that she is increasingly becoming part of The Firm again.
Friends of the couple say it is an open-secret that the pair are now ‘friends with benefits’ as neither is dating nor linked to anyone else. Royal sources said the previous barrier to them getting back together again was Prince Philip.
The Queen’s husband was said to have been furious at his daughter-in-law after she was pictured having her toes sucked by businessman John Bryan. However, the Duke of Edinburgh is said to have mellowed and now simply ‘doesn’t care’ if Andrew and Fergie are officially reunited.
The Queen has always had a soft spot for Fergie and has invited her to Balmoral for the last few summers. In fact, the only person who reportedly could throw a spanner in the works is Prince Charles.
The heir to the throne is said to be adamantly opposed to Sarah becoming part of the royal family again. She took Princess Diana’s side during the acrimonious divorce with Prince Charles and he is said to be worried she will try to make money from her royal position. A source told The Sun: ‘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. ‘They don’t get on personally.
There’s so much baggage because he feels she sided with Diana over Camilla all those years ago. ‘The fear with her is she’ll never stop promoting herself and looking for ways to make money off her royal position.’
Last week it emerged that Prince Charles is trying to streamline the royal family and is looking to sideline his brother.
Prince Andrew and Fergie married in 1986 and welcomed Beatrice in 1988 and Eugenie two years later.