Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – and Prince Andrew married in their 1986 royal wedding. Although the pair would separate in 1992, and go on to divorce in 1996, the Duke and Duchess of York have remained close, and continue to co-habit. Prince Andrew stood down from his royal duties on Wednesday evening, at the behest of the Queen, with many royal experts surmising that Prince Charles will also have had a hand in the decision.
However, the Duchess of York has been clear that she stands behind her ex-husband, after his BBC interview last weekend has been widely criticised.
The Duke of York sat down for a 50-minute interview with Emily Maitlis, which was broadcast on Saturday night, in which he talked about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
On Friday evening, Fergie took to Twitter with a montage of photographs of Andrew, accompanied by the words: “It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs.
“Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness + goodness.”
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew (Image: Getty)
Prince Andrew's last appearacne with the Royal Family was on Remembrance Sunday (Image: Getty)
She also called the Duke a “giant of principled man” in an Instagram post that same evening.
She added: “We have always walked tall and strong, him for me and me for him”.
The Duchess of York faced her own crisis in 1992, when she was frozen out of the Royal Family after paparazzi pictures emerged of her on holiday with John Bryan.
However, in her 1996 autobiography “My Story”, Fergie wrote about Andrew supported her through the scandal.
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Fergie returned from Venice this week to news of the interview (Image: Getty)