An in depth bond. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson‘s marriage — and subsequent cut up — has change into a serious matter of dialogue in British monarchy historical past via the years.
After assembly as youngsters, the couple reconnected in 1985 and began relationship later that yr. Andrew’s proposal to Ferguson — a.okay.a. Fergie — one yr later precipitated a stir since he allegedly didn’t get permission from Queen Elizabeth II on the time.
“Just before midnight Andrew went down on both knees and asked Sarah Ferguson to be his wife. Sarah was caught off-guard and, to cover her confusion, tried to make light of it,” royal biographer Ingrid Seward claimed in her 1991 e-book, Sarah: HRH The Duchess of York. “She told the prince: ‘If you wake up tomorrow morning, you can tell me it’s all a huge joke.’”
Seward wrote that the prince proposed for a second time within the morning — and later obtained consent from his mom. Andrew and Ferguson tied the knot 5 months later and expanded their household following their nuptials.
After six years of marriage, the Duke and Duchess of York made headlines in 1992 once they determined to separate. (Their divorce was finalized 4 years later.)
Over the years, Ferguson has been candid about remaining pleasant with Andrew for the sake of their youngsters. “A table goes best with four legs. A table can’t stand on three legs, really, so you have the duke and I, and the two girls,” she defined to Hello! in September 2017. “We’re family unit and we lead by example. We support each other emotionally and we support each other health-wise. At least every two weeks, we sit down together and communicate, the four of us.”
Ferguson additionally stood by Andrew’s facet after he was accused of sexual assault by Virginia Roberts Giuffre in November 2019. The lawsuit was settled out of court docket in 2022, however Andrew was stripped of his navy titles after serving greater than 20 years within the Royal Navy. He stopped taking part in senior royal duties as effectively.
His ex-wife, for her half, paid tribute to the royal on his birthday amid the controversy. She shared a black-and-white picture of Andrew in February 2020, writing by way of Instagram, “Happy 60th Birthday to Andrew.”
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