Sarah Ferguson may have hit ‘rock bottom’ after her divorce in the 90s, she and Prince Andrew are living a ‘fairytale’ 22 years later.
Reports of a potential romantic reconciliation between the Duke and Duchess of York have been swirling recently, after she joined him on an official royal trip to Bahrain. It’s also been said that the one thing coming between them – his dad Prince Philip’s disdain – has also faded with time, so what has Fergie herself said of her relationship with Andrew?
Well, in December last year, she detailed how she’s currently living with her ex-husband and ‘best friend’ Andrew, and it’s incredible.
“Now our life together is the greatest ever,” she said in a candid interview with Modern Hero. “It’s so hard to comprehend because we’re not normal.
“This is our fairytale, and we’re telling it our way.”
A breakdown of marriage
Fergie and Andrew may have divorced 22 years ago, but they still live together at Royal Lodge, located on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
It’s believed Fergie and their two children – Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie – moved into the residence with the Duke of York in 2008, and she has been living there ever since.
However, the pair have both been insistent that they simply remain the best of friends.
Fergie did admit in her recent interview, both she and Andrew didn’t try hard enough to keep their marriage afloat.
“We both agreed we didn’t fight hard enough to keep it together,” she explained.
While she does attribute her husband’s absence as a factor in the breakdown of their marriage, she also heavily blamed herself for their breakup.
The 58-year-old admitted she felt an immense amount of “self-hatred” and believes she “lived in [her] ego for a very long time”.
Their love story
Fergie and Andrew are rumoured to have had their first encounter at the Guards Polo Club when they were both kids.
It’s thought they lost contact soon after and were then reintroduced by Princess Diana in 1985, with Sarah reportedly getting close to the princess, because her dad was Prince Charles’ polo manager.
After a short year of dating, Buckingham Palace announced 26-year-old navy office Andrew had popped the question to 26-year-old Sarah.
On the 23rd of July, 1986, 500 million people all over the world tuned into their televisions to watch the couple tie the knot at Westminster Abbey.
Fergie and Prince Andrew enjoyed years of wedded bliss, welcoming Princess Beatrice into the world in 1988 and Prince Eugenie in 1990.
Six years later, in 1992, Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing that the Duke and Duchess of York were separating.
“In view of the media speculation which the Queen finds especially undesirable during the general election campaign, Her Majesty is issuing the following statement,” the statement read.
“Last week, lawyers acting for the Duchess of York initiated discussions about a formal separation for the Duke and Duchess.
“These discussions are not yet completed and nothing will be said until they are.”
In 1996, four years after their official separation, the Duke and Duchess announced their mutual decision to divorce.
After their separation, Fergie revealed she was heavily in debt and told Hello! magazine that if it wasn’t for Andrew’s kindness, she would have been “homeless”.
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