One month after Prince Philip passed away, Queen Elizabeth is now dealing with another death in the family: her 5-month-old corgi named Fergus.
“The Queen is absolutely devastated," a Windsor Castle insider told The Sun. “The puppies were brought in to cheer her up during a very difficult period. Everyone concerned is upset as this comes so soon after she lost her husband. On top of that there’s been the problems with her grandson, [Prince] Harry.”
In February, the Queen's son Prince Andrew decided to lift her spirits by purchasing two pets for Her Majesty. At the time, Philip was in the hospital, and she also had to deal with the aftermath of Harry and Meghan Markle's Oprah interview.
“The Queen did not plan on getting any new dogs as she feared she was getting too old," the insider said. “But it was Andrew who surprised his mum with two new puppies when she felt down and alone in the Castle after the Duke was taken to hospital.”
After Andrew generously gave her the animals, the Queen was "delighted."
"It’s unthinkable that the Queen wouldn’t have any corgis,” an insider said at the time.
The source continued: “It’s like the Tower of London not having any ravens. They have only been there a couple of weeks but are said to be adorable and made the castle their home. Both are said to be bringing in a lot of noise and energy into the castle while Prince Philip is in hospital.”
It was later revealed that the Queen named one Muick — pronounced Mick — who is named after Loch Muick, one of her most cherished places on the 94-year-old's Balmoral estate in Scotland. The other corgi is called Fergus and was named after Fergus Bowes-Lyon, her uncle who died in World War I in France in 1915.
Following Philip's death, the Queen spent her 95th birthday with corgis, who provided her comfort during this trying time.