Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – married Prince Andrew in their spectacular 1986 royal wedding. Their marriage would end with separation in 1992, followed by their 1996 divorce on the advice of the Queen. Ever since, the Duke and Duchess of York have sparked rumours of a continued royal romance, as they still live together to this day and appear alongside each other at various unofficial events.
Although the pair look like the best of friends, in her 1996 autobiography “My Story”, Fergie revealed the real reasons behind the split from her husband.
She writes: “If ever the Royal Family needed a respite, it was in August of 1992.
“The Queen would later call it her annus horribilis, the year of torn mornings and shattered peace.
“In April, Princess Anne entered divorce proceedings against Captain Mark Phillips.
Th Duke and Duchess of York (Image: Getty)
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew pictured during the 1992 split (Image: Getty)
“In June came the first published extracts of Diana: Her True Story, a tabloid-flavoured rendering of the Princess of Wales’ bulimia, suicide tries, and marital problems with Prince Charles."
She continues: “Not one to be left out, I’d had my own bit to contribute.
“From early on that year, Andrew and I had been discussing a separation.
“Not because we’d stopped caring for one another, but because I had reached the end of my royal rope.
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Sarah Ferguson with her book "My Story" (Image: Getty)
“For six years I had shouldered the demands of Palace life.
“I’d endured the constant scrutiny of the British press and the barely veiled hostility of the Royal Household, the courtiers who run the show.
“Gradually, relentlessly, they had beaten me down.
“They were killing me by inches.
“It was time to save my life.”
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