Close connection. Prince Andrew as well as Sarah FergusonMarriage – and the subsequent split – has been a major topic of discussion in the history of the British monarchy for many years.
Having met as children, the couple reunited in 1985 and began dating later that year. The proposal to Andrew Ferguson, also known as Fergie, caused a stir a year later, as he allegedly did not receive permission from Queen Elizabeth II at the time.
“Shortly before midnight, Andrew got down on both knees and asked Sarah Ferguson to be his wife. Sarah was taken by surprise and, to hide her confusion, tried to make fun of it.” —Royal Biographer Ingrid Seward states in her 1991 book, Sarah: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York. “She said to the prince, ‘If you wake up tomorrow morning, tell me it’s all a big joke.’
Seward wrote that the prince proposed a second time in the morning – and later received his mother’s consent. Andrew and Ferguson married five months later and expanded their family after the wedding.
After six years of marriage, the couple made headlines in 1992 when they decided to separate. (Their divorce was finalized four years later.)
Over the years, Ferguson has openly maintained a friendship with Andrew for the sake of their children. “The table is best combined with four legs. Actually, the table can’t stand on three legs, so you have the duke, me and two girls,” she explained to Hello! in September 2017. “We are a family and we lead by example. We support each other emotionally, and we support each other healthily. At least every two weeks we sit down and talk as a foursome.”
Ferguson also supported Andrew after he was accused of sexual assault. Virginia Roberts Giuffre in November 2019. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2022, but Andrew was stripped of his military ranks after more than 20 years of service in the Royal Navy. He also ceased to perform the highest royal duties.
His ex-wife, for her part, paid tribute to the royal on his birthday amid controversy. In February 2020, she shared a black and white photo of Andrew, writing on Instagram, “Happy 60th birthday to Andrew.”
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