Prince Andrew and Fergie, Duchess of York Will Inherit the Queen’s Corgis, PEOPLE Confirms

The Duke and Duchess of York will take care of Queen Elizabeth’s corgis, a source tells PEOPLE
Queen Elizabeth‘s much-loved corgis have a new home.

The late monarch’s two dogs are now with the Duke and Duchess of York — Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (a.k.a. Fergie) — a source close to the Duke

“The corgis will return to live at Royal Lodge with the Duke and Duchess. It was the Duchess who found the puppies, which were gifted to Her Majesty by the Duke,” the insider says.

Despite divorcing in 1996, Fergie and Andrew remain on friendly terms and they still live together at their family home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor.

The source adds that Fergie previously “bonded with Her Majesty over dog-walking and riding horses and even after her divorce, she would continue her great friendship with Her Majesty, by walking the dogs in Frogmore and chatting.”

After being gifted her first corgi in 1933 by her father, Queen Elizabeth was dog mum to more than 30 corgis and dachshund-corgi mixes known as “dorgis.”

The monarch opted to stop taking on corgis in the mid-2010s because she did not want to leave any dog behind when she died.

In 2021, however, she did welcome new additions to the royal corgi pack. After receiving two puppies in March 2021 not long before Prince Philip‘s death — and suffering the loss of one dog just weeks later — Prince Andrew gifted his mother with a new puppy on what would have been Philip’s 100th birthday, a full circle moment from Elizabeth’s first gifted corgi when she was just 7 years old.

The Queen’s son has made headlines in recent years after the fallout of his scandal surrounding his ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre‘s sexual assault lawsuit against the royal.

In January, the Queen stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles and patronages amid the lawsuit, in which Giuffre alleged she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with Prince Andrew at the age of 17. Andrew has denied any wrongdoing.

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