Prince Andrew’s ex-wife mentioned that Queen Elizabeth II felt “very relieved” to have assist throughout the turbulent interval when her son confronted allegations of sexual abuse linked to his friendship with convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, who was married to Andrew from 1986 to 1996 and who nonetheless lives with him on the grounds of Windsor Castle, opened up about her relationship with the late queen and different members of the royal household in an interview with Britain’s The Daily Telegraph, selling her new romance novel.
Speaking about her ex-mother-in-law, with whom she maintained an in depth relationship after her divorce, Fergie praised her skill to “completely and utterly dilute chaos. And still carry on. And still smile. And still go through everything that she went through.”
One of the best durations of chaos got here after Andrew’s 2019 BBC Newsnight interview, wherein he was grilled over his relationships with Epstein and his affiliate Ghislaine Maxwell, and through which he tried to quash allegations of sexual misconduct lodged by Virginia Giuffre.
Following the interview, which sparked outrage for the prince’s unrepentant perspective and makes an attempt to discredit Giuffre’s claims, Andrew stepped down from his working royal function resulting in his efficient retirement.
In 2021, Giuffre filed an official lawsuit in opposition to the prince and he settled out of court docket in 2022 sustaining his denial of sexual abuse, however solely after he was stripped of his army patronages and the usage of his HRH (His Royal Highness) title.
Fergie, who shares two youngsters with Andrew—Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie—expressed her gratitude for having had “even a minute of HM’s (the queen’s) time,” happening so as to add that the pair had bonded throughout Andrew’s scandal.
“During the last three years, [Andrew] has been going through such a tumultuous time,” she mentioned. “And I think HM was very relieved I could help her with him, so we became even closer, then.”
Fergie has repeatedly spoken in Andrew’s protection throughout media interviews.
“I think it’s really sad to see what Andrew has been through,” she informed The Daily Telegraph. “[The queen] knew. I will always be there [for Andrew]. Always. Because I love her.”
The ex-royal has change into a extra outstanding public determine lately, after the duchess (she retains her Duchess of York title till such time as she remarries) confronted embarrassment when she was filmed in a cash-for-access media sting in 2010.
After the demise of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022, Fergie was photographed with Andrew taking a look at floral tributes in Windsor Great Park. She was additionally included within the monarch’s funeral invite listing and given a outstanding seat behind the Prince and Princess of Wales.
During her interview, Fergie was requested about her relationship with Meghan Markle, who talked about the duchess in her 2021 sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.
“I don’t really know Meghan. I haven’t really met her. I spoke to her at the funeral, and I thought she looked absolutely beautiful. I think she is beautiful,” she mentioned. “She has made Harry very happy, and that is so nice. Honestly, he’s so happy with her. She really loves him. And I think that’s beautiful—and that Diana would be proud of him and her lovely grandchildren.”
After watching the Sussexes’ Netflix docuseries, Fergie added that she may very well be the most recent royal to commit her life to the display.
“I’m a devourer of information on Netflix,” she mentioned. “And I love watching everything on Netflix. I also think that one day I’d like to do a documentary.”
Though she could comply with the Sussexes in entertaining the concept of a documentary, it’s the royal couple who look like following considerably in Fergie’s ex-royal footsteps.
The duchess was the primary royal to participate in a tell-all interview about life behind palace partitions with Oprah Winfrey in 1996 following her divorce. She additionally wrote a bombshell memoir exposing the machinations of the monarchy which reportedly led to a falling-out with longtime buddy Princess Diana.
In addition to her romance novels, Fergie additionally wrote a collection of youngsters’s books and, in 1998, even tried her hand at penning a food plan guide which was titled: Dieting With The Duchess.
James Crawford-Smith is Newsweek’s royal reporter based mostly in London. You can discover him on Twitter at @jrcrawfordsmith and skim his tales on Newsweek’s The Royals Facebook web page.
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