Sarah Ferguson will “remain the Duchess of York” even after Prince Andrew’s HRH titles and honors were stolen from the Queen.
It is said that Prince Andrew’s ex-wife had no intention of renouncing the title.
Sarah’s friends told the Daily Mail: “It’s been her title since her divorce and it will remain so.
“Andrew is still the Duke of York, so it’s not an issue.”
Andrew became Duke of York – which is usually reserved for the king’s second son – in 1986 following his marriage to Fergie.
The Queen’s father, George VI, and his grandfather, George V, hold the title.
Despite her divorce to Andrew in 1996, Fergie will be allowed to continue using the title until she marries someone else, at which point she loses it.
The couple’s daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, also retain their Royal Highness titles.
Fergie used her title to promote her books and other products around the world and used it on her Twitter handle, SarahTheDuchess.
Another friend told the publication: “Sarah has no intention of shrinking away from the light. Why should she?
“She and her daughters have done nothing wrong and Andrew is 100 per cent sure they have done nothing wrong.”
York Central MP Rachel Maskell said it was “beneficial” for Prince Andrew to stick to his Duke title and his association with the city: “This relationship with York must end.”
The Duke’s royal title and all military honors were removed on Thursday after a confrontation with the Queen.
This comes amid growing anger over the Duke of York’s sexual assault lawsuit with Geoffrey Epstein’s convict Virginia Giuffre.
Her military ties and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen immediately after Virginia Roberts Giuffre was accused of sexual assault when she was only 17 years old.
The Duke is no longer able to use ‘His Royal Highness’ – and faces his US lawsuit as a “private citizen” – meaning he cannot hide behind royal privileges.
It comes after a judge sensibly ran a civil trial before a judge in New York late this year.
Royal, 61, vehemently denies any wrongdoing.
Buckingham Palace said in a statement this evening: “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military relations and royal patronage have been returned to the Queen.
“The Duke of York does not carry out any public duties and is advocating the case as a private citizen.”