Sarah Ferguson discusses the importance of mental health
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The couple divorced more than 20 years ago and also have two daughters – Princess Beatrice, 31 and 30-year-old Princess Eugenie. The Duchess of York – affectionately known as Fergie – also joined Andrew in welcoming their first grandchild – August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, earlier this year. Andrew was forced to step down from royal duty in 2019, after he appeared in a BBC Newsnight interview to answer questions concerning his connection with Jeffrey Epstein. The interview publicly embarrassed the Royal Family and the fallout resulted in him being removed as a patron of almost 50 organisations.
Some of those charities included the Royal National Institute of the Deaf, the British Science Trust and the Children’s Foundation.
Moreover, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children’s Fund released statements saying “it was not appropriate” for Andrew to keep offering his support.
The Duke of York made an appearance at his father’s funeral and released a statement in honouring Prince Phillip’s memory.
He also took the opportunity to ask the Queen if he could make a temporary step to returning to life as a senior royal – but that was quickly shut down by his brother Prince Charles, who is “adamant” that his brother remains out of the spotlight.
Since their divorce the Duke of York seemingly built a reputation for himself and was dubbed the “party prince” by the press.
His ex-wife portrayed a different side to the bachelor royal, though.
In a throwback interview, Fergie sent out a cryptic message about her ex-husband to the world, when she said: “We’re divorced to each other, not from each other.
“We both say it. We are entirely compatible.
“Our bywords are communication, compromise, and compassion.”
Fergie even went as far as to blame herself for the 1992 separation, finalised as a divorce in 1996.
Fergie added: “Andrew is the best man I know.
“What he does for Britain is incredible: no one knows how hard he works for his country.
“My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I stand by him and always will. The way we are is our fairy tale.
“Although we are not a couple, we really believe in each other. The Yorks are a united family. We’ve shown it. You saw it at [Eugenie’s] wedding.”
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Fergie recently marked Mental Health Awareness Week by releasing a video that asked everyone to look after their wellbeing.
It came in the same week her ex-husband came under fire for allegedly making racist remarks to former Labour minister Smith.
According to Ms Smith, Andrew made racist remarks about Arabs when he attended a state banquet for the Saudi royal family.
Fergie has yet to comment on her ex-husband’s recent scandal’s but she has supported Meghan Markle, by telling her that her friend Princess Diana would be proud of her as she defended the Duchess of Sussex’s new book, ‘The Bench’.
When asked about Meghan, Fergie added: “It must be hard for Meghan, and I can relate to her.
“I believe she is modern and fabulous. She was famous before. She is great. Why can’t Meghan be great? Why can’t she be celebrated?”
Fergie continued: “I have been in Meghan’s shoes, and I still am. There’s always a twist of negativity and it just gets so sad and tiring.
“I abhor bullying and I feel desperately sorry for the pain they must be going through.”
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