He made an excuse that it was an honorable thing to do, to go to see Jeffrey Epstein in 2010, to say we were no longer best buddies. In her 2011 book Finding Sarah: A Duchess's Journey to Find Herself, Fergie agreed with the assessment of her story as "vacuous and convoluted"—because it was. But The Times reported that his PR advisor quit after barely two months on the job, rather than appear to be a member of the team that thought the interview was a good idea, and another senior royal source told the Telegraph that this could conceivably lead to Prince Charles demoting his younger brother from full-time working royal status once he's king. Entertainment Television, LLC A Division of NBCUniversal. The wedding ceremony was positively received by the public. What he was trying to do, was he trying to justify his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein? But while Ferguson was estranged from much of British high society, the one person who seemed to harbor no ill will was eventual ex-husband, Prince Andrew. "The Duke of York [who had been a U.K. trade and international business envoy since 2001] categorically denies any knowledge of any meeting or conversation between the Duchess of York and the News of the World journalist," the palace said in a terse statement following the NOTW bombshell. In fact, the family was at Balmoral when the Mirror published a cover story and inside spread of photos of Fergie taken at a villa in the South of France with American financial manager John Bryan. "I was frozen out and not just in the Palace; the wind from all the doors slamming in my face might have knocked me over.". And now the duchess is busy once again helping Beatrice plan her wedding, another all-royals-on-deck affair to look forward to. ", "There are always humble beginnings," Andrew offered. They don't share a bedroom but they do share two houses and two gorgeous daughters who they adore. "We really believe in being good parents for our girls. She has forgiven her second – and, many say, favourite – son over years’ worth of scandals, but Prince Andrew allowing alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey to mock his mum and dad on their own historic thrones is the final straw for Her Majesty. We've shown it ... My duty is to him. The Duchess of York, having a ballsy sense of humor and being outgoing, athletic and a lover of the outdoors, fit in well with the rest of the sporty clan. I thought maybe Prince Philip was right," Fergie said in recalling her father-in-law's reaction to—and enduring grudge from—those photos in 1992. "Again, very difficult to answer," Andrew said. On sale now! A post shared by The Duke of York (@hrhthedukeofyork) on Oct 11, 2018 at 10:40am PDT. Asked at the Cheltenham festival in 2013 if getting back together was in the cards, Fergie said, "He's still my handsome prince, he'll always be my handsome prince. It just never happened. Two years later, stolen photos from that holiday—while it would have been illegal for U.K. papers to run them—were published by Paris Match. ", In 2014, Andrew, in that warm House of Windsor way of his, called their ongoing relationship "just part of life's rich tapestry. The way we are is our fairytale." Sarah, better known as Fergie, married Prince Andrew after a whirlwind courtship in 1986. ", They were "very good friends" at first, Fergie said. "The York family is a tight unit," Fergie told reporters who caught up with her on vacation in Verbier. An estimated crowd of 100,000 gathered to see the couple's first public kiss as man and wife on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. So, at this juncture, most of that renewed-romance talk is starting and stopping in the tabloid offices themselves, but it's undeniable that their post-split life together—at least in the last few years—has been pretty seamless. Fergie later insisted she would never have done such a thing and that the tape was edited to mislead, but the extent of the ensuing scandal (even an interview with Oprah Winfrey didn't help) cost her an invitation to Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding in 2011 and earned her nothing but more scorn from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. But one could guess by now that the duchess, who would only have to give up her title should she ever choose to remarry, was going to stand by Andrew like any longtime member of the family would (or perhaps even more than the rest of Andrew's family). "The Duke of York has been appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged crimes," read a statement to the BBC. And that's the way we are. She explained, "I will have not one word said about him on any level, any level. Wishing @sarahferguson15 a very Happy 60th Birthday! "I had been tagged 'unsuitable' for royal life and the charge stuck," Fergie wrote in her 1996 memoir, My Story. Prince Andrew (pictured with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson) left the Queen aghast when he let alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey to pose on his parent's coronation thrones. The photo, which was taken when Spacey and Maxwell were guests of Prince Andrew’s and shows them apparently attempting royal waves, has left the 94-year-old monarch “aghast”. Fergie returned the unflagging support a few years later when Andrew was alleged to be linked to an underage sex ring masterminded by American billionaire businessman Jeffrey Epstein, who starting in 2008 served 13 months of an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to a charge of soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14. Prince Andrew 's corner will never be empty so long as Sarah Ferguson is around. And in May 2020, the couple shared a group pic on Instagram, making this former couple one of the happiest divorced duos that we've ever seen. Other than that, everything was grand at first. I stand by him and always will. "His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent.". (The tabloid reported that Andrew wasn't in on the alleged deal. In an interview with Daily Mail, Ferguson shared, "Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. She was still legally married, after all. The source continues: “The Queen was always reticent to come down too hard on Andrew because of how it might affect his daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, who she is very fond of, but she’s starting to see Charles and William’s side of things. (Though there was pressure from The Firm for the 25-year-old swingin' bachelor to settle down.). We are the best examples of joint parenting, with both our girls and I go back to my three C's .. CommunicateCompromise Compassion.". Though sources have said they're simply the best of friends, if they were to remarry, they wouldn't even need the queen's permission. Unlike Prince Charles and Princess Diana, who had married in 1981 and were already living a life that was all fairy tale in the front and increasingly nightmarish in the back, Sarah and Andrew had a lot in common and, as far as anyone knew, Andrew—unlike his older brother—wasn't feeling the pressure of expectations to find a bride suitable to one day be a queen. "It is true that my financial situation is under stress, however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened." The palace flatly denied that Andrew was in any way involved or had knowledge of such activities, calling the allegations "false and without any foundation." They get along so well, in fact, that they're prompted mad speculation in many of their approximately 8,000 local tabloids (and in Australia, which is a Commonwealth realm, after all) that they're back on as a couple—not least, recently, because Sarah accompanied her ex on a royal visit to Bahrain this spring and was at Royal Ascot in June. ", When the duchess marked her ex's 58th birthday last year, she cheekily wrote, "Happy birthday to the best man, father, friend… Prince Andrew. "It was a dreadful idea to give an interview in the first place," Dickie Arbiter, former press secretary to the queen, told the BBC in response to Andrew's sit-down. But it might be about to get a whole lot worse, with the recent arrest of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, reportedly leaving the Duke feeling "nervous", according to a US magazine. "We've always been a tight unit. A post shared by The Duke of York (@hrhthedukeofyork) on Oct 15, 2019 at 1:18am PDT. That was a negotiation between Harry and Tom Bradby of ITV, and the press office had absolutely nothing to do with it.". She also penned more books in her Budgie series for children, about a little helicopter, which was also turned into an animated series, and wrote a history of Queen Victoria. We have always walked tall and strong, he for me and me for him. And as their mother, Fergie was still invited to the annual August holiday at Balmoral. Photos showed the duchess sunbathing topless and Bryan, infamously, nuzzling her foot—which forever after became the great toe-sucking scandal of 1992. It wasn't until 1996 that they, like Charles and Diana, settled their divorce. Andrew paid for Beatrice and Eugenie's schooling and the queen set up a £1.4 million pound trust for the girls. When Andrew turned 40 in 2000, the queen, Philip, Charles and Edward all skipped the party, supposedly to avoid Fergie. "Always have been, always will be. She had concluded that when she first married Andrew, and for the duration of their marriage, she didn't think she deserved a happily-ever-after life, so she made sure that it would fail, taking blatant steps to sabotage it. Diana both enjoyed and resented the attention paid to Fergie, as the duchess could both take the onus off the princess, but at the same time steal her spotlight. In 2019, the former couple even attended the Grand Prix in Bahrain, marking their first official royal appearance together in 25 years (via Harper's Bazaar). ", Or in Duchess Sarah's view, "It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs.". I don't remember going upstairs in the house because that photograph was taken upstairs and I am not entirely convinced that… I mean that is… that is what I would describe as me in that. Oprah, however, gave Fergie an OWN docu-series, the six-part Finding Sarah, which included snippets of counseling sessions with Dr. Phil McGraw. The medical examiner determined he took his own life. "I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth. All rights reserved. "I think it was probably the end of last year, before Christmas perhaps, and then it just sort of carried on from there after Christmas at Sandringham, and beyond that. The idea that they are having some hot romance as far as I know isn't the case at all. And while she was pitted against Diana in the press from day one and her appearance scrutinized down to the last red hair and freckle, the media were charmed by Fergie's less regal ways. Still the Duchess of York but no longer Her Royal Highness, Fergie set about earning a living, and she didn't do it quietly. Feb 19… ooh the best looking @hrhthedukeofyork #birthday." ), In a Today show appearance in January 2015, Fergie called her ex-husband a "humongously good man." All the while, she's been trying to set an example as far as kindness, empathy and forgiveness goes—which, for many, has continued to warm hearts and minds. They both fretted over their figures, an anxiety that manifested in years of weight fluctuation for Fergie—a period of weight gain prompting one tabloid to cruelly call her the "Duchess of Pork"—and Diana developing bulimia (which, since they barely discussed even their parents' respective broken marriages, they may never have talked about despite all the time spent together).
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