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Sarah Ferguson is reportedly not invited to Prince Philip's funeral this weekend.
However she is said to be supporting the newly-widowed Queen in her time of mourning by taking daily walks with her.
An insider said Her Majesty has a "soft spot" for Fergie, 61, who has been driving up to Windsor Castle sometimes twice a day since the Duke's death last week, the Mirror reports.
Philip's funeral will take place in Windsor on Saturday following his death last week aged 99.
Only a handful of mourners from the Royal Family will be permitted to attend the event at St George's Chapel due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Because of laws in place to battle the spread of coronavirus anyone attending a funeral must stay at least two metres apart from anyone not in the same household.
Under government guidance which changed from Monday funeral ceremonies must have no more than 30 people attending, whether indoors or outdoors.
The Duchess of York had not been expected to attend the event and The Sun reports that according to royal sources she has not been invited.
But she is said to have been at the Queen's side this week as she mourns the death of her husband.
The paper reports that Fergie and her ex-husband Prince Andrew have been making the drive from Royal Lodge to Windsor Castle, sometimes twice a day, to walk with the monarch and her corgis.
An insider was reported to have said: "They have been going on short walks around the gardens with the Queen and her corgis.
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"Sarah's very much in the fold now that the Duke of Edinburgh has gone.
"The Queen has always had a soft spot for Sarah and regards her as an excellent mother."
It comes after The Telegraph reported royal sources as saying the Queen would be alone at the funeral service unless a member of the Windsor bubble joins her.
She can't form a support bubble with another member of her family as she doesn't live on her own.
The couple had been attended to by a reduced household of around 20 staff in what was dubbed HMS Bubble before Prince Philip's death.
For the funeral all public elements have been cancelled in the wake of Covid, but the ceremony will be televised and there will be a national minute of silence at 3pm.
- Prince Andrew
- Prince Philip
- Sarah Ferguson
- Royal Family
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