The rebel prince. Prince Andrew has a history of surprising the royal family and the public with his choices, including his decision to marry Sarah Ferguson after dating less than a year.
The Duke of York is the second son of the late Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Unlike his brother, Prince carlosAndrew has had a bit more flexibility with his role in the Monarchy over the years.
For example, after reconnecting with his childhood friend Ferguson in the summer of 1985, Andrew proposed to the redhead in February 1986, before he was technically allowed to ask the question.
“Just before midnight, Andrew got down on one knee and asked Sarah Ferguson to be his wife. Sarah was taken by surprise and, to cover her confusion, she tried to play it down”, royal biographer. Ingrid Seward wrote in his 1991 book, Sarah: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York, of the proposal. “He told the prince, ‘If you wake up tomorrow morning, you can tell me it’s all a big joke.’
According to Seward, the prince again asked for Ferguson’s hand in marriage in the morning, at which point she said yes. However, the couple had to keep the news secret because Andrew had proposed to her without obtaining the queen’s permission.
When Her Majesty returned to the city from her tour of Australia, Andrew obtained her consent to marry Ferguson and the couple publicly announced their engagement. The whirlwind of romance didn’t stop there with the duo tying the knot just five months later.
Andrew made headlines again when Ferguson and Ferguson announced they were separating in 1992. While many royals have since divorced, including Charles and the late Princess Diana, Andrew’s split in the early ’90s was still something taboo.
The exes’ continued friendship relationship led many fans to believe that one day the former couple could have a romantic bond again.
“Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorks are a close family. We have shown it”, Ferguson, who shares princess beatrice Y princess eugeniewith Andrew, he told the daily mail in November 2018. “You saw him at the wedding. My duty is to him. I am very proud of him. I am by his side and always will be. Our way of being is our fairy tale.”
Ferguson continued: “A lot of people have asked me [if we’ll get back together], but we are very happy with the way we are now. We enjoy each other’s company; we allow each other to flourish. I know it sounds like a fairy tale, but that’s how we are.”
The close bond that Andrew and his ex-wife have has not wavered over the years, even after the prince made headlines for his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the fall of 2019, and was accused of sexual assault.
“Eugenie and Beatrice are really upset. They believe her father made a huge mistake in judging that he was ever associated with Jeffrey Epstein,” a source exclusively said. us weekly in December 2019, after Andrew stepped down from royal duties amid controversy. “The girls support each other and really support their dad.”
Ferguson, for her part, wished her ex-husband a happy birthday in February 2020. Three months later, she shared a family photo in honor of International Family Day. “I am so proud of our loving close family,” the Duchess wrote via Instagram in May 2020.
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