Royal fans have long suggested that the Duke and Duchess of York should reunite and, just days before their daughter Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank, the former couple look very comfortable in each other’s company.
Enjoying a canter around the grounds of Windsor Castle with daughter Beatrice, 30, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, who separated in 1992 after just six years of marriage and divorced four years later, were spotted laughing and joking ahead of their younger daughter’s big day.
In June this year, Fergie, 59, referred to her former husband, 58, as ‘family’ and the ex couple have been heavily involved in planning for Eugenie’s nuptials, which will take place on Friday 12th October.
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Family time! Prince Andrew, centre, looked utterly delighted as he joined his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, far left, and daughter Princess Beatrice, pictured between them, around the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday. A groom also joined the family on the ride
Delighted: Princess Beatrice, 30, centre, beamed as she enjoyed the canter with her parents, Sarah Ferguson, left, and Prince Andrew, right, around the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday. The family will celebrate the marriage of Princess Eugenie, 28, on Friday
Revealed: How Fergie and Andrew’s horse riding body language reveals their close bond
Author and body language expert Judi James tells FEMAIL how Fergie and Andrew’s family outing horse riding over the weekend shows a close bond between the couple, even when not riding side-by-side:
Hidden meaning: Prince Andrew, right, might look a little glum but the joyful expression on daughter Princess Beatrice’s face, left, reveals the true relaxed nature of the outing
‘Prince Andrew might have adopted a glum expression at first here but its clear from his daughter’s open-mouthed laugh while he’s doing so that this is a very relaxed family outing, with strong clues emerging from Sarah and Andrew’s body language that their compatibility techniques and relationship rituals could actually still be run along very similar lines as to when they were married.’
FERGIE’S WATCHFUL EYE
Always watching: The Duchess of York, pictured, kept an eye on Prince Andrew when he looked gloomy during their horse ride. Body language expert Judi James noted Fergie was often responsible for lightening Andrew’s mood when they were married
‘The Duchess of York was always the one person who could bring out the fun side of her husband and she went to quite a length to do so back in the day, face-checking him constantly to pick up on his moods and then gurning with a series of funny faces like a doting mother with a small child to prompt him to drop his rather pompous side and have fun.’
BRINGING OUT ANDREW’S SUNNY SIDE
Delighted by the duchess: Fergie’s efforts seemed to has work as Prince Andrew was soon seen throwing his head back in laughter as they continued the family ride
Here she still seems to be throwing him glances as they ride and the effect of this is that he is soon throwing his head back in laughter under her watchful and concerned-looking eye.
Earlier this year, fans of the couple called for them to remarry after the Duchess described the royal as her ‘family’ in a gushing
The mother-of-two, 59, sent followers into overdrive when she shared a snap of the former couple laughing with their daughter Beatrice at Royal Ascot, saying: ‘Great day with my family’.
The snap prompted supporters to call for #royalwedding2019.
‘Just get remarried already,’ one advised the couple who divorced more than 20 years ago.
While the pair have remained on friendly terms, they seemed particularly close at this year’s Ascot and during one familiar moment Fergie leaned in to fix her ex husband’s lapel as they chatted.
Acccording to a body language expert and communication coach Robin Kermode Fergie’s picture shows ‘a couple deeply at ease with other and in sync.’:
‘It’s a real shared moment of fun,’ he told Femail. ‘Fergie’s use of the intimate “telling off” finger is spontaneous.
Happy together! The Duke and Duchess of York (pictured at Ascot in June) have remained close friends since their divorce in 1996, and have been spotted out riding together in Windsor ahead of their daughter Eugenie’s forthcoming wedding on Friday 12 October to Jack Brooksbank
In June, the Duchess of York, 59, posted an image of herself at the races with her ex-husband, 58, and eldest daughter Beatrice, 30, calling them, my ‘family’, which prompted royal fans to urge the couple to re-unite formally (Pictured: Sarah Ferguson with Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in May 2017)
Close: The 59-year-old adjusts the tie of her former husband at Ascot this year
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Who will be invited to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s royal wedding?
Rather like Harry and Meghan, who married at the same venue in May 2018, Eugenie and Jack are predicted to be surrounded by A-list invitees.
There’s expected to be some crossover of social circles with Amal and George Clooney, James Blunt, Cressida Bonas, Elton John and the Beckhams all tipped to attend their second royal nuptials of the year.
But Eugenie’s guest list is set to have an extra sprinkling of edginess in the form of a younger, cool crowd that includes pop singer Ellie Goulding, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse, and modelling royalty Kate Moss and Cindy Crawford.
The bride’s mother Sarah Ferguson confirmed that surgeon Jan Lehovsky, a doctor at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, who performed corrective surgery for scoliosis on Eugenie when she was 12, will be among the guests.
The consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon also fitted two 1.5-inch screws to Eugenie’s neck in the eight-hour procedure, which help her to stand straight to this day.
‘She did have what would have been very serious curvature of the spine,’ the Duchess of York told the Evening Standard.
‘She certainly will be an extraordinary example of great work from the RNOH. The wedding is about love, future and inclusivity.’
‘Prince Andrew’s comment has brought peals of laughter from both women. Both are clearly relaxed and happy.’
Earlier this year, Fergie hinted that she may still carry a torch for her ex when she posted a gushing birthday tribute on tribute.
‘Happy birthday to the best man, father, friend Prince Andrew,’ she wrote, adding ‘Ooh, the best looking’ and sealed the message with a kiss.
In an interview with the Kyle and Jackie O show on Australian radio in 2016, the Duchess intriguingly revealed that she and Prince Andrew have never really split.
‘I always think, “have we really?”. We’re divorced to each other right now. We’ve never really left each other.’
A rundown of how Princess Eugenie and her partner Jack’s wedding on Friday 12th October will unfold, following the 11am ceremony at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle
‘You’re still together sort of,’ Kyle pressed her. ‘Yes,’ she replied. ‘I think the happily ever after…I’m actually writing a book about that too.
In another interview with Hello! magazine late last year she opened up about how she and Andrew have worked to provide a family unit for their two daughters despite their split.
‘A table can’t stand on three legs, really, so you have the Duke and I, and the two girls,’ she said.
‘We’re a family unit and we lead by example. We support each other emotionally, and we support each other health wise.’
While both Fergie and Andrew have been in other relationships since splitting, their lives have remained inextricably linked and neither has ever even come close to remarrying.
Fergie has continued to share Andrew’s home at Royal Lodge in Windsor, where she has her own rooms along a separate hall.
And in 2014, the couple bough a £13million chalet in the ski resort of Verbier together.
Cars fit for a Princess! Luxury fleet is delivered to Windsor Castle ahead of Eugenie’s royal wedding
A fleet of luxury cars was delivered at Windsor Castle this morning as the royal family prepares for Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday.
The bride-to-be, 28, will tie the knot with Jack Brooksbank in a lavish ceremony at St George’s Chapel.
A Rolls Royce and a Bentley were seen being delivered to the Windsor Castle Mews, presumably to be used on the big day.
A silver Bentley was seen being delivered to the gates of Windsor Castle Mews in the back of a lorry, pictured. It was one of two cars being delivered to the residence
A Rolls Royce Cullinan, pictured, thought to be worth £300,000, was among the high-end cars spotted driving into the royal residence on Monday morning
A Rolls Royce Cullinan, thought to be worth £300,000, was among the high-end cars spotted driving into the royal residence on Monday morning.
Another, a silver Bentley, was seen being delivered to the gates in the back of a lorry.
A third car, a vintage Bentley, was also driven through the gates.
It is not known who will be driven in the cars or what role they will play in the royal wedding.
A large lorry pulled up outside the gates of Windsor Castle to deliver luxury cars ahead of the wedding. A £300,000 Rolls Royce was reversed out of the back of the lorry
The silver Bentley was carefully reversed out of the back of the lorry, pictured, before being driven into the Mews at Windsor Castle
It is not known what role the luxury vehicle, pictured, will play in the day but it could transport a member of the bridal party or even the groom