When Prince Andrew stepped again from royal duties in November 2019 because of controversy over his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, defended him fiercely, saying it was “simply unbelievable what he has achieved for Britain” in an interview with Vogue Arabia that appeared simply weeks later. For a canopy story in People this week, nevertheless, her feedback had been extra subdued.
“No matter challenges he has, I’ll stand agency to the co-parenters that we’re collectively,” she stated of Andrew. “I consider that he’s a form, good man, and he’s been a superb father to the women.”
Although the pair separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce 4 years later, they continued to live and travel together after their daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, turned adults. As just lately as April 2019, tabloids speculated that they may be getting again collectively, although sources near Andrew and Sarah advised Vanity Fair on the time that the rumors had been incorrect.
Later that 12 months, Andrew stepped again from royal duties following a widely derided Newsnight interview, the place he addressed his friendship with Epstein and emphatically denied Epstein sufferer Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s allegations of assault. After the controversy, he continued dwelling with Sarah in Royal Lodge, the Windsor house they’ve reportedly shared since 2008. In Might 2020, the 2 reportedly self-isolated collectively at Royal Lodge together with Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank. In April that year, they had been noticed volunteering for a charity collectively, and that July, they hosted a reception for Beatrice’s wedding ceremony to property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
Although Andrew has continued to keep away from the highlight, Sarah has spent the final 12 months looking for it, at the same time as further revelations about Andrew’s ties to Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell have been uncovered. Final 12 months, she began a YouTube channel for kids’s books, a lot of which was filmed from Royal Lodge. In December 2020, a Daily Mail investigation revealed that Andrew as soon as shortened a household trip with Sarah to go to Epstein’s Caribbean island, Little St. James. The Mail additionally reported in 2015 that Sarah herself met with Epstein within the Bahamas in 1998. (She didn’t remark to the Mail on the time, however when a monetary relationship between Sarah and Epstein was reported in 2011, she said in a press release, “I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply remorse that Jeffrey Epstein turned concerned in any manner with me.”)
Subsequent month, she is releasing her debut novel, Her Coronary heart for a Compass, a fictional retelling of her ancestor Girl Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott’s life. Sarah spoke to Individuals about writing the novel and her need to reinvent herself on the age of 61. “It’s like I’ve gotten out of my very own manner,” she stated. “I’ve actually develop into Sarah. The duchess is there. Good previous Fergie’s there too. However Sarah is authentically current.”
Although she has continued to put up pictures of her daughters and younger grandson August Brooksbank on her social media accounts, she’s remained comparatively quiet about Andrew and their dwelling association. However so long as Maxwell—who pled not guilty to costs of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor, and is scheduled to be tried this November—stays a subject of fascination, she would possibly must be ready to speak about extra than simply her fiction.
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