Sarah Ferguson may have revealed yesterday that she is now living a ‘fairytale’ with her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, but it wasn’t always that way for the royal couple.
Fergie -as she’s affectionately known – and Prince Andrew married in a lavish Westminster Abbey wedding in 1986, with the world watching in awe as they kissed on the Buckingham Palace balcony.
However, according to Fergie, cracks began to appear in their marriage just two weeks later, when Prince Andrew was sent to sea.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar from 2011, Fergie revealed that royal aides had little pity for the princess.
“Two weeks after the wedding, the royal courtiers told Andrew, who thought he’d be stationed in London, ‘you have to go to sea,” Fergie said.
“I spent my entire first pregnancy alone.
“When Beatrice was born, Andrew got ten days of shore leave and when he left and I cried, they all said: ‘Grow up and get a grip.’”
Fergie and Prince Andrew welcomed Princess Beatrice into the world in 1988 and Prince Eugenie in 1990.
However, Buckingham Palace released a statement in 1993 announcing that the Duke and Duchess of York were splitting.
“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.”
After their separation, Fergie revealed she was heavily in debt and told Hello! magazine that if it wasn’t for Prince Andrew’s kindness, she would have been ‘homeless’.
And this week spoke with Modern Hero in a candid interview to reveal that the pair are the best of friends now.
“Now our life together is the greatest ever,” she admitted.
“It’s so hard to comprehend because we’re not normal.
“This is our fairytale, and we’re telling it our way.”
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