“It’s favoured by the Queen and her principal children as being the most sacred oasis.
“What happens, that we don’t know about, is that the Queen when she’s residing at Windsor Castle, drives herself a distance of a 10-minute drive to the Royal Lodge in Windsor Park and has tea, virtually every weekend, every single Saturday and Sunday.
“So what’s happened over the last five years particularly, there’s become this very close, complicit, intrinsic union between the Queen, Andrew, Fergie, and the two daughters.”
His comments come shortly after the release of Fergie’s interview on the podcast ‘Tea with Twiggy’, where she openly gushed about her relationship with Her Majesty.
She told the former model that the Queen was “the greatest mentor” and “the person who believes in me”.
She continued: “I absolutely admire the incredible way Her Majesty is so modern … and how flexible, and how understanding, and how forgiving and how generous.”
“I think to myself that honestly, my mother-in-law has been more of a mother to me than my mother. [She’s] never faltered.”
The Queen’s relationship with the Duchess of York has not always been smooth-sailing. After joining the Royal Family in 1986, Prince Andrew and Fergie soon began to attract tabloid attention with their frivolous spending and jet-setting ways.
Fergie struggled with her husband’s long absences due to his naval career, and in 1992, pictures appeared of the Duchess sunbathing topless with American financier John Bryan kissing her toes.
Prince Philip was reportedly enraged and Princess Margaret wrote to Fergie to say she had “done more to bring shame on the family than could ever have been imagined”.
She and Prince Andrew later decided to divorce in 1996, after four years of separation.
The Duchess had requested £500,000 and was under the impression she was speaking to a businessman. The video and transcript were later published in the tabloid News of the World.
For her indiscretion, she was not invited to the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
Since then, however, her public image has improved and she leads a close relationship with her ex-husband Prince Andrew. The couple recently visited the Queen at Balmoral Castle and were joined there by other members of the Royal Family.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK