Prince Andrew reportedly cut short his Balmoral holiday last weekend to follow Sarah Ferguson, who flew back to England earlier than expected to avoid Prince Philip. The Duchess of York was supposed to spend the entire weekend with her family in the royal Scottish residence but learned that Prince Philip was arriving the following day, so she decided to leave on Saturday.

According to reports, Prince Andrew immediately followed Fergie after his ex-wife’s departure. The Duke of York rode a black Range Rover and boarded a private jet in Aberdeen in the afternoon of Saturday to follow the Duchess of York, who left to avoid any encounter with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip was supposed to arrive at Balmoral next weekend, but he arrived a week early. “In previous years the Duchess has left the day before the Queen’s husband arrives,” said a royal insider. “This year he arrived yesterday, several days earlier than expected, which is rather strange, so the Duchess left,” the royal insider added.

As the news about Prince Philip’s arrival reached Fergie, she immediately packed her things up and flew back to England. A royal expert revealed that the Duke of Edinburgh still “cannot stand” being under the same roof as Fergie because of her toe-sucking scandal, which ruined the reputation of the royal family more than two decades ago. This scandal was also the reason she and Prince Andrew divorced.

Prince Philip and Fergie have had a tense relationship since 1996, and Prince Philip was rumored to be the reason Prince Andrew and Fergie could not remarry. Despite that, Fergie has managed to maintain an amicable relationship with the Queen.

Meanwhile, some reports claim that Prince Andrew’s early departure from Scotland was not to follow Fergie. The Duke of York reportedly left after learning that his good friend, multibillionaire sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, died in his cell on Saturday. Epstein was awaiting trial after being accused of sex trafficking at the time of his death.

Prince Andrew’s closeness to Epstein led to speculations that he was involved in his friend’s crimes, but Buckingham Palace strongly denied the allegations. “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue,” the Palace’s statement read.

Prince Andrew The Duke of York the opening of a new building for the collaborative research facility at The Hartree Centre in Daresbury. Science and Technology Facilities Council Follow/Flickr