Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – and Prince Andrew married in their spectacular 1986 royal wedding. However, after welcoming Princess Beatrice in 1988 Princess Eugenie in 1990, the Duke and Duchess of York would go on to separate in 1992. It was followed by their 1996 divorce, although Fergie and Andrew’s enduring closeness – and co-habitation – continues to make royal-watchers speculate about a reunion.
Added to this, according to the Duchess of York, the reasons for her split from Andrew was nothing to to with the relationship between husband and wife.
Instead, in her 1996 autobiography “My Story”, Fergie claims that the separation was provoked by forces within the Palace.
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 moorings and shattered peace.
The Duke and Duchess of York (Image: Getty)
The Duchess of York pictured in 1992 (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 and her 1996 autobiogrpahy, "My Story' (Image: Getty)
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