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Sometimes when a marriage fails, things can get messy and after a divorce, many couples usually decide to live apart. Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are not one of those couples.

Although the Duke and Duchess of York officially divorced in 1996, they still live together today. This something that has left many people scratching their heads especially since Fergie doesn’t exactly get along with some members of Andrew’s family. Still, the former couple have chosen to live under the same roof more than two decades after ending their marriage. Here’s why the exes continue to live together to this day.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson | Instagram via RoyallyFergie

Why they got divorced

The prince and Fergie began their romantic relationship in 1985, and after dating for a few months announced that they were engaged. The pair tied the knot on March 16, 1986, in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey which millions tuned in to watch.

The had their first daughter, Princess Beatrice of York, on Aug. 8, 1988, and welcomed their second daughter, Princess Eugenie of York, on March 23, 1990. It was soon after Eugenie’s birth that their marriage reportedly began to crumble and they announced plans for an “amicable split” in 1992.

Following that announcement though, came published photos splashed across tabloids around the globe of Ferguson sunbathing topless while getting her toes sucked by American financial advisor, John Bryan. Because she was still married to Andrew at the time, this was a huge embarrassment for the royal family and meant that the two really had no choice but to divorce. They did so in 1996.

The reason they still live together

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson pose for a photo
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson |  Instagram via RoyallyFergie

Although they had a rocky marriage, their relationship post-divorce has been very good. Fergie has even said that they are the world’s “happiest divorced couple.” They’re also a divorced couple still living together today. Why? Well, the reason is simple. It’s because they enjoy each other’s company.

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, the duchess was back there 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. “The Yorks are a united family. We’ve shown it. You saw it at the [royal] wedding. We stand up for each other, fight for each other. 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 these days seem happier than ever and still enjoy being around each other.

Read more: How Old is Prince Andrew’s Ex-Wife Sarah Ferguson and What is Her Net Worth?

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