The Duchess of York calls the area around Verbier her "home" and is now hoping to make it official in the chalet she bought with ex-husband Prince Andrew

By Simon Perry
Updated February 11, 2016 01:15 PM
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Fergie is on the move.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is in the process of applying for residency in Switzerland, where she and ex-husband Prince Andrew bought a home last year.

The royal, 56, spoke with Swiss publication Le Nouvelliste, calling the Alpine area around Valais her “home.”

She is “in the process” of making the application, her rep confirms to PEOPLE. “It reflects where she spends most of her time. It is her main base already.”

She will be living at the chalet in Verbier she co-owns with Andrew, 55, who is sixth in line to the British throne. The friendly exes, who were married for 10 years after their 1986 wedding, often team up for charitable efforts and vacation together with their daughters, Princesses Beatrice, 27, and Eugenie, 25, at the resort.

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“I find here a positive energy that allows me to focus on new philanthropic activities,” the duchess told Le Nouvelliste. “Furthermore, I have begun the process of officially becoming a resident of Valais.”

“I have regularly returned for holidays to Verbier. My family has followed me over the years. We feel free and happy, we feel at home. Anyway, I call it ‘my home.’ ”

It is believed Fergie still has a room at Andrew’s Royal Lodge home in Windsor for use at family occasions.