Fergie vows to stand by Prince Andrew as she says ‘he really understands the art of communication’


‘Thank goodness the girls have got him’: Fergie vows to stand by ‘very good and kind’ Prince Andrew as she says ‘he really understands the art of communication with me’

  • Sarah Ferguson made the comments during an interview with Iain Dale on LBC 
  • Discussing her historical novel, Duchess of York also said ‘she loves to be free’
  • Her comments come after Andrew was ‘banished’ from Garter Day appearances 

The Duchess of York has vowed to stand by Prince Andrew describing him as ‘very good and kind’ and saying ‘he really understands the art of communication with me’.

Sarah Ferguson, 62, made the comments during an interview with Iain Dale on LBC following Andrew’s settlement with Virginia Giuffre over sexual assault claims earlier this year.

Discussing her first historical novel, Her Heart For A Compass, she added that she was thankful their daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, ‘have got him’. 

Asked about maintaining a good relationship with Andrew after their divorce, Ferguson said: ‘He’s a very good and kind man. He really understands the art of communication with me and trust.

‘We really do communicate, compromised with compassion. I will stand by him. It’s an incredible friendship and not just co-parenting, it’s just real.

‘Thank goodness the girls have got [him]. He’s very Naval and “this is how it’s done” and very royal life and then they have the river running by which is me.’

The Duchess of York has vowed to stand by Prince Andrew describing him as 'very good and kind' and saying 'he really understands the art of communication with me'

The Duchess of York has vowed to stand by Prince Andrew describing him as ‘very good and kind’ and saying ‘he really understands the art of communication with me’

Referring to whether there was a fairytale ending with her former husband, she said: ‘I think the happy ending is the way we are today and the way we lead by example with the ability to have a sense of understanding of each other.

‘I don’t think I would ever wish to go into anything where I can’t just jump around and a sense of freedom. I think that is key to it. I love to be free. 

‘I like to go to Poland tomorrow if I wish to or if I want to go to Rwanda. I just love the way I am.’

Ferguson also spoke to Times Radio on Tuesday morning and was questioned whether she would still choose to marry the duke if she could turn back time.

Ferguson gushingly replied: ‘Oh, yes – he’s a very good and kind man’. 

Referring their wedding day, she added: ‘And it was an exceptional day, July 23 1986. And it was just extraordinary.

Sarah Ferguson, 62, made the comments during an interview with Iain Dale on LBC following Andrew's settlement with Virginia Giuffre over sexual assault claims earlier this year

Sarah Ferguson, 62, made the comments during an interview with Iain Dale on LBC following Andrew’s settlement with Virginia Giuffre over sexual assault claims earlier this year

While discussing her first historical novel, Her Heart For A Compass, she added that she was thankful their daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, 'have got him'

While discussing her first historical novel, Her Heart For A Compass, she added that she was thankful their daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, ‘have got him’

‘I think my life is an amazing life. I think I’ve been very lucky. And I am now just beginning my life again. And I think it’s pretty cool to be able to say that.’

Her comments come just days after Andrew was seemingly banished during Garter Day, one of the most colourful events in the royal calendar, amid speculation he is pushing for a return to royal life.

The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge reportedly lobbied the Queen about his participation.

The duke was apparently left ‘crushed and confused’ after he was banned from attending the service on Monday, Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie has claimed.

The controversial decision was clearly taken at the 11th hour, because Andrew’s name was on the order of service. A source told the Evening Standard: ‘The Duke of Cambridge was adamant. If York insisted on taking part publicly, he would withdraw’.

Meanwhile, a palace insider said that the decision to exclude Andrew from the public elements of today’s Garter Day was a ‘family decision’.

Mrs Ferguson later told the programme: ‘And, you know, I will stand very firmly by Andrew… a very good and kind man and that’s what I believe.

Despite divorcing in 1996, Sarah and Andrew have remained on such good terms that they still share Royal Lodge, the Queen Mother’s former home, on the Windsor estate, and regularly visit the Queen together at Windsor Castle

Despite divorcing in 1996, Sarah and Andrew have remained on such good terms that they still share Royal Lodge, the Queen Mother’s former home, on the Windsor estate, and regularly visit the Queen together at Windsor Castle

Her comments come just days after Andrew was seemingly banished during Garter Day, one of the most colourful events in the royal calendar, after the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge reportedly lobbied the Queen about his participation

Her comments come just days after Andrew was seemingly banished during Garter Day, one of the most colourful events in the royal calendar, after the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge reportedly lobbied the Queen about his participation

‘We are divorced. I think it’s very important, Mariella, that people realise that I don’t spend long here in England, because I don’t wish to. I’d much prefer being out.

‘I’ve built 156 schools in Africa and Poland. And, you know, and I just want to keep going doing my philanthropy work.’

Despite divorcing in 1996, Sarah and Andrew have remained on such good terms that they still share Royal Lodge, the Queen Mother’s former home, on the Windsor estate, and regularly visit the Queen together at Windsor Castle. 

She previously described them as ‘the happiest divorced couple in the world’, living under the same roof at Royal Lodge, Windsor, but with their own rooms.

‘We support each other like pillars of strengths,’ she added.

In 2014, they spent about £13 million on a chalet in the upmarket Swiss ski resort of Verbier with both of their names on the deeds. 

This week it emerged a freezing order has been placed on the Duke of York’s controversial £18million retreat in the Swiss resort of Verbier which is in the process of being sold – reportedly to help him pay off sex abuse accuser Virginia

The legal move will guarantee that a Swiss couple, with whom the duke struck up a business arrangement, will receive the reported £1.6million owed to them by the Queen’s second son, sources have said. 

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