Duchess of York won’t attend Prince Philip’s funeral

All the royal big guns are set to be at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral this weekend.

But a very familiar face will be missing from the entourage.

Sarah, Duchess of York, will not be one of the 30 people allowed into St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the service. That’s despite her being the mother of two of the late Duke’s grandchildren.

The snub does not seem to have hurt Fergie’s feelings though. The Sun has reported that both she and her former husband Prince Andrew have been “by Her Majesty’s side this week”.

The pair are said to have been making the short drive from Royal Lodge to Windsor Castle, sometimes twice a day, to walk with the Queen and her new corgis.

Queen's fondness for Fergie

The Queen is thought to think fondly of Sarah Ferguson, the mother of Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice – in stark contrast to her late husband.

Royal biographer Gyles Brandreth said Philip wanted “nothing to do” with Andrew’s ex-wife after she was infamously photographed having her toes sucked by a lover in the South of France.

According to Brandreth, Philip made no secret of the fact that he regarded the Duchess of York “simply beyond the pale” after the scandal, and found it “truly bizarre” that his son continued to live with his ex-wife after their divorce.

In a piece for the Daily Mail, Brandreth said he spoke to the Duke about Fergie, to which he simply said he “didn’t see the point” in ever seeing her again.

He reportedly would insist the Duchess was not at the family’s Scottish retreat at Balmoral when he was in attendance.

Not so the Queen.

“The Queen has always had a soft spot for Sarah and regards her as an excellent mother,” a source told The Sun.

“They have been going on short walks around the gardens with the Queen and her corgis. Sarah’s very much in the fold now that the Duke of Edinburgh has gone.”

No Fergie, no uniforms

The members of the royal family who will be attending the service have been told not to don military uniforms. To do so would have made things awkward for Prince Harry who has been stripped of his honorary military ranks.

The Duke of Sussex had faced the humiliating prospect of being the only senior male in the royal family wearing civvies.

Insiders involved in planning for the funeral claim the Queen personally stepped in to suggest all senior male royals wear suits and ties.

A military source told The Sun: “It’s the most eloquent solution to the problem.”

Another source confirmed last night that “current thinking is no uniforms”.

Royal protocol now means the Duke – who did two tours of Afghanistan with the Blues and Royals – can only wear a suit with medals at royal functions.

The full list of attendees for Prince Philip’s funeral at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle:

1. Queen Elizabeth II
2. Prince Charles
3. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall
4. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge
5. Duchess of Cambridge
6. Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex
7. Prince Andrew, the Duke of York
8. Princess Beatrice
9. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
10. Princess Eugenie
11. Jack Brooksbank
12. Prince Edward
13. Countess of Wessex
14. Lady Louise Windsor
15. Viscount Severn
16. Princess Anne
17. Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
18. Peter Phillips
19. Zara Phillips
20. Mike Tindall
21. Earl of Snowdon
22. Lady Sarah Chatto
23. Daniel Chatto
24. Duke of Gloucester
25. Duke of Kent
26. Princess Alexandra
27. Bernhard, Hereditary Prince of Baden
28. Prince Donatus, Landgrave of Hesse
29. Prince Philipp of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
30. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma

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