Sarah Ferguson says royal family ‘moves together as a unit’
Prince Andrew, 62, reached an out-of-court settlement in the civil sexual assault case brought against him in the US by Virginia Giuffre earlier this week. Ms Giuffre, previously Virginia Roberts, alleged the Duke sexually assaulted her on three separate occasions in 2001 when she was a minor under US law.
Andrew vehemently denied all of the accusations made against him but they have seriously marred his reputation.
In 2019, the Duke stepped back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” and in January he was stripped of his honorary military titles and royal patronages.
After reaching a “settlement in principle” in his civil case, many have speculated that the Duke could be planning a return to royal life.
Now it has been claimed that Sarah Ferguson, Andrew’s ex-wife, is key “to any hope that Andrew may have of rehabilitation”.
Sarah Ferguson helping to prop up ‘precarious family finances’ with book deal
Sarah’s ex-husband Prince Andrew, and their two daughters Beatrice and Eugenie
She has always been a staunch defender of her ex-husband, and the pair have remained close despite being divorced for over three decades.
Sarah expressed her commitment and support for Andrew as recently as December when she described Andrew as a “great man” during an appearance on an Italian talk show, adding that she stood by him 100 percent.
She told the show Porta a Porta: “I completely stand by Andrew 100 percent.
“He is such a kind, great man, he is a brilliant father and now a fantastic grandfather.”
Even though Andrew and Sarah split over 30 years ago, the couple still live together at Royal Lodge in Windsor when she is in the UK.
However, The Telegraph’s Camilla Tominey claims that while the Duchess of York, 62, may be key to Andrew’s return, she refers to Fergie’s career as a writer as an element that may be an obstacle for the pair.
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She claims the Duchess “is unlikely to do anything that might jeopardise” it.
Ms Tominey notes that the Duchess of York has already published the first of a two-book deal with publisher Mills and Boon, a feat which she claims “has helped to prop up the couple’s precarious finances”.
The Duchess of York is not only allegedly responsible now for the finances of her and her ex-husband but also allegedly plays a vital role when it comes to their two children Beatrice and Eugenie.
A source claims that Fergie is “the central link” when it comes to the York family and that she is responsible for “keeping them all strong and all together and never more so than now.”
However, the source also noticed a degree of separation between Sarah’s work and her personal life.
The source said: “But you do have to keep the personal and professional separate here.
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The Duchess of York has already published the first of a two-book deal with Mills & Boon
“She has always carved an individual professional life which encompasses everything from her books, her Storytime with Fergie YouTube videos, her US TV work and other products.
“That remains distinct.”
‘Her Heart for a Compass’, Fergie’s romance novel written in partnership with Marguerite Kaye, a veteran Mills & Boon author, was released last year and is a fictional story about the Duchess’s great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.
The Duchess revealed she had signed a deal for a second book with Mills & Boon just days after the release of her first romance novel with the publisher.
Her Heart for a Compass was the Duchess of York’s first foray into writing a novel for adults, but Fergie has written a number of children’s books.
Back in 2020, shortly after it was revealed that her ex-husband Andrew was stripped of his taxpayer money, Sarah signed a deal to write seven children’s novels – including five picture books and two chapter books – to be published in Australia and New Zealand.
Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew’s timeline
The news of the deal came just three months after Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties, following the scandal around his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
It was reported that Andrew was stripped of his £240,000 Sovereign Grant taxpayer funding as it funds expenses for official duties.
Since then, the financial affairs of the Duke of York have previously been described as both “mysterious” and “murky”, and in particular, speculation has been high this week following news of his settlement with Ms Giuffre.Andrew and Ms Giuffre have agreed for the amount of the settlement to remain confidential, but it has been reported to be £12 million.
Since the news dropped on Tuesday, questions have mounted over how Andrew could afford a reported multimillion-pound settlement with Ms Giuffre.
Reports suggest that he has sold his ski chalet, apparently worth £18 million, after settling debt on the property, so that the remaining proceeds can be used to partially fund the settlement, but the rest will reportedly come from his mother, the Queen.