Can it be ... a royal reunion?
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British tabloids are rife with speculation that Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are going to remarry.
The Duke and Duchess of York, both 53, had rekindled their romance 17 years after they divorced, The Daily Mail reported.
They have remained close since their split in 1996, even living in the same house - the former country home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the Royal Lodge in Berkshire.
Now friends of the pair claimed they were officially a couple again and may even get married for the second time in the near future, the Mail said.
"It wouldn't surprise me at all," a friend said.
"They are a wonderful couple together and, better still, pretty amazing parents."
Earlier this month Fergie joined Andrew on a trip to Balmoral castle in Scotland. It was believed to be the first time Fergie had been invited to stay there since a tabloid newspaper published photographs of her having her toes sucked by "financial adviser" John Bryan in 1992.
"The duchess is being treated as if she and the duke were still married," a source said.
The Queen has long been said to have remained fond of her former daughter-in-law, but Prince Philip is said to be baffled by the relationship.
The Sun said "loved up" Fergie and Prince Andrew were in a shock new romance.
They were reportedly so close it was only a matter of time before they tied the knot again.
The Mirror said it was claimed the couple were lovers again.
In 2009 Andrew had touched on the possibility of remarrying his former wife in a candid interview, saying: "Well, let's put it another way, I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility."
Even the more circumspect The Telegraph joined in the speculation.
Friends claimed the couple were so close they would eventually formalise their reunion, it said.
The duke had been linked to a string of women over the years, but none of the relationships had endured. The duchess's friendships had similarly faltered.
In 1999, the duchess told an interviewer: "There was no reason for Andrew and I to get divorced; there wasn't another person in our lives to go to. We got divorced because I had to go out to work, and Andrew and I believed that it wasn't right for me to be commercial while I was still in the royal family.
"I had to provide for my children, but not do it on their own doorstep in this country, rubbing the royal family's noses in my commerciality."
Prince Andrew had never criticised his ex-wife and has provided financial support when she needed it.
But not everyone is convinced.
In The Daily Beast's opinion: "the royals hate Fergie, and they are not afraid of showing it".
As evidence it pointed to the omission of Fergie from the thousand-plus invitations sent out for William and Kate's wedding.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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