Sarah Ferguson – affectionately known as Fergie – married Prince Andrew in their spectacular 1986 royal wedding. However, the Duke and Duchess of York would separate only six years later, in 1992, ahead of their 1996 divorce. Fergie weathered several scandals during this time, which significantly contributed to the end of her royal career.
However, the Duchess of York’s father, the late Major Ronald Ferguson, blamed the Duke of York for the breakdown of the marriage.
Writing in the Daily Mail, the Major said: “By the time Eugenie had been born, I felt, rather than knew, that all was not well between Sarah and Andrew.
“Things wouldn’t have gone wrong if he had been around more.”
However, he did add that Palace courtiers had contributed to ferries’ misery with their “gossip and backbiting”.
The Duke and duchess of York (Image: Getty)
Prince Charles and Fergie with the Major int he Nineties (Image: Getty)
Major Ferguson had a frosty relationship with the Palace himself, after publishing his memoirs, ‘The Galloping Major’, in 1994, which was full of Royal Family details.
The Major died in 2003 after suffering a heart attack.
Fergie released her autobiography “My Story” in 1996, shortly after her high-profile divorce that year.
In it, she appears to go against her father’s judgement of her relationship breakdown and instead lays the blame squarely at the feet