The insurgent prince. Prince Andrew has a historical past of surprising the royal household and the public together with his decisions — together with his choice to marry Sarah Ferguson after relationship lower than one year.
The Duke of York is the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and the late Prince Philip. Unlike his brother, Prince Charles, Andrew has had slightly extra flexibility together with his position in the Monarchy over the years.
For instance, after reconnecting together with his childhood pal Ferguson in the summer time of 1985, Andrew proposed to the redhead in February 1986 — earlier than he was technically allowed to pop the question.
“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 wrote in her 1991 e book, Sarah: HRH The Duchess of York, of the proposal. “She told the prince: ‘If you wake up tomorrow morning, you can tell me it’s all a huge joke.”
According to Seward, the prince requested for Ferguson’s hand in marriage once more in the morning, at which period she mentioned sure. The pair needed to preserve the information a secret, nevertheless, as a result of Andrew had proposed with out getting permission from the queen.
When Her Majesty returned to city from her tour to Australia, Andrew obtained her consent to marry Ferguson and the twosome publicly introduced their engagement. The whirlwind romance didn’t cease there with the duo tying the knot simply 5 months later.
Andrew once more made headlines when and Ferguson introduced they have been separating in 1992. While many royals have since gotten divorced, together with Charles and the late Princess Diana, Andrew’s cut up in the early ‘90s was nonetheless considerably taboo.
The exes continued chummy relationship led many followers to suppose that sometime the former couple might once more turn out to be romantically linked.
“Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorks are a united family. We’ve shown it,” Ferguson, who shares Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, with Andrew, advised the Daily Mail in November 2018. “You saw it at the wedding. My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I stand by him and always will. The way we are is our fairytale.”
Ferguson continued: “So many people have asked me [if we’ll get back together], but we’re so happy with the way we are right now. We enjoy each other’s company; we allow each other to blossom. I know it sounds like a fairytale but that’s the way we are.”
The shut bond that Andrew and his ex-wife have hasn’t wavered over the years, even after the prince made headlines for his affiliation with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein in the fall of 2019 — and was accused of sexual assault.
“Eugenie and Beatrice are really upset. They believe their dad made a huge mistake in judgment ever being associated to Jeffrey Epstein,” a supply solely advised Us Weekly in December 2019, after Andrew stepped again from his royal duties amid the controversy. “The girls are leaning on each other and are being really supportive of their dad.”
Ferguson, for her half, wished her ex-husband a contented birthday in February 2020. Three months later, she shared a household picture in honor of International Family Day. “I am so proud of our united loving family,” the duchess wrote through Instagram in May 2020.
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