Has Being Divorced Made Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s Relationship Stronger?

Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson married Prince Andrew in 1986 and just six years later, the couple announced that they were separating. In 1996, their divorce was finalized but they remained close with one another over the years, leaving people with some questions about their relationship.

The Duke and Duchess of York haven’t made it a secret that they are still very friendly today even though not everyone in Andrew’s family approves. So just how tight are they now and has being divorced actually made their bond stronger? Here’s what you probably didn’t know about their relationship and why Fergie has said that they are the world’s “happiest divorced couple.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York | Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

Why they got divorced

The prince and Ferguson began to have marital problems just before the birth of their first daughter, Princess Beatrice, in 1988. Their issues had to do with Andrew’s Naval career as Ferguson admitted that she spent her first pregnancy alone because he was always away. They had another daughter, Princess Eugenie, in 1990 and announced that they were separating two years later.

Following that announcement though, Fergie’s toe-sucking scandal made headlines around the world. Since she was still married to Andrew at the time which made it a huge embarrassment for the royal family and meant that the two really had no choice but to divorce.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Fergie explained that she “didn’t want a divorce but had to because of circumstance.”

That’s right, they signed on the dotted line because they felt they “had to” not because they wanted to.

Ferguson said she still loves Andrew

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew | Indigo/Getty Images

Not only did Fergie make it clear that she never wanted to divorce Andrew but she has also stated that she still loves him.

Years after their marriage ended, Ferguson gave an interview in which she gushed about her ex-husband.

“I think the love I had for him then, is the love I still have for him now,” she said, adding, “I still married the best and he’s the greatest gentleman that I know.”

That’s right, she still has the same love for him post-divorce and considers him the “best.”

They still live together

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew | Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

When a marriage fails and ends in divorce most people usually decide to move away from each other and live apart. But the duke and duchess did the opposite and moved back in together after they got divorce.

They reside together in the Royal Lodge at Windsor. In 2015, reports swirled that Ferguson had moved out of that residence and into another property the exes share in Verbier, Switzerland. A spokesman said at the time the Fergie still had a room at the Royal Lodge and would stay there on occasion. By 2018, she was back at Windsor Great Park again and revealed what living with her ex-husband is like.

“Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other,” she said. “We’re totally respectful of each other’s position and thoughts and we listen to each other … And we sit round the table and have afternoon tea together. It’s a very important part of our lives.”

That’s right, they divorced more than 20 years ago but still enjoy “tea time together” proving just how strong their relationship is today.

Read more: Who Everyone Thought Prince Andrew Was Going To Marry Before Sarah Ferguson

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