Sarah Ferguson Sent Prince Andrew a Mysterious Message Following Their Divorce

Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson, Duchess of York, left a mysterious message for her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in her 1996 autobiography, My Story. Continue reading to learn what the message said and the controversy surrounding Ferguson’s writing career.

About Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s marriage

The Duke and Duchess of York, both now 59 years old, married in a fairytale wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1986. They were “so in love” Ferguson later recalled, they kissed on the balcony at Buckingham Palace amid protest from those close to them. Five years earlier, Prince Charles and Princess Diana made the practice a royal wedding tradition.  

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Sarah Ferguson Prince Andrew. | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

They came together in a whirlwind romance of sorts, meeting at a Windsor Palace event in 1985 thanks to an invitation Princess Diana extended to Ferguson. The two hit it off much to Diana’s delight (she thought Ferguson would be a good match for her brother-in-law) and were married the following year. 

During their decade-long marriage, Ferguson and Prince Andrew had two children — Princess Beatrice of York, 30, and Princess Eugenie of York, 29 — but the couple experienced hardships, brought on presumably by large stretches of time spent apart, causing them to separate in 1992 and ultimately divorced in 1996. 

Ferguson’s message to Prince Andrew after their divorce

Once they divorced, Ferguson went straight to work because she had debts to pay. She pursued a career in publishing (she wrote one book while still married to Prince Andrew) fulltime and released a very talked-about autobiography in the months following her divorce. 

Ferguson released My Story in which she opened up about her marriage and time spent as a member of the British royal family. In a peculiar and perhaps cryptic move, the Duchess of York dedicated the book to her ex-husband, which simply read, “For Andrew,” according to Express

What did she intend with the message?  She may have meant it as a sc**w you to her ex-husband because she refused to sign a confidentiality agreement as part of their divorce settlement that would’ve made her millions so she could talk publicly about their marriage. 

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Sarah Ferguson. | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

But judging by the good rapport they’ve maintained in the decades since their divorce — they lived together at one point and Ferguson recently said they were “bigger than friends” — the message may have been intended as a way to say, I’m telling our story, I braved the royal family for you

While we’ll never know quite exactly what Ferguson meant by dedicating her autobiography to Prince Andrew, we know she put him in a good light in the book’s opening pages. 

Ferguson started on the topic of her ex-husband. She spoke kindly of Prince Andrew, reminiscing on time spent at Balmoral. “I loved most of all how Balmoral relaxed the man I had married: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York,” she wrote. 

Ferguson continued talking about her ex who remains a good friend: “On this vast estate my husband felt sprung from glaring eyes and incessant protection; he could drive about its acreage without a policeman at his side. 

“He became easy and full of gentle fun, his truest self, and it was lovely to see,” she added. 

The two have recently become the subject of rumors (Princess Eugenie may have sneakily shut down the rumors on Instagram) surrounding a possible reconciliation because they’ve been seen in good spirits together at multiple events including the wedding of their youngest daughter, Princess Eugenie of York, in Oct. 2018.

While Ferguson’s denied any romantic involvement with her ex-husband, royal watchers and fans can’t help but speculate on the state of the former couple’s relationship.