Despite the royal's previous close friendship
and ties to the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein
, Sarah Ferguson
continues to defend her ex-husband, Prince Andrew
“Whatever challenges he faces, I will stand firm to the co-parenters that we are together,” Ferguson said in an interview
this week for the magazine’s cover story.
“I believe he is a kind, good man, and he has been a fantastic father
to the girls,” added the Duchess of York.
Andrew and the duchess were married from 1986 to 1996 and have two children
together, Princess Beatrice
and Princess Eugenie, who live together at The Royal Lodge despite their divorce
After a disastrous interview with the BBC
's "Newsnight" program about his ties to Epstein, Andrew announced his retirement
from royal duties in November 2019.
The royal has also been accused of raping a minor allegedly trafficked by Epstein; he has repeatedly denied the allegation, and despite promising to cooperate with law enforcement
, the duke has failed to cooperate with any law enforcement agency regarding the accusation.
While he has been conspicuously absent from certain events (for example, he was conspicuously absent from Beatrice's wedding photos
last year), the Duke of York
has still made occasional appearances alongside the royal family
, and has made at least one private visit on behalf of the monarchy since his announcement.
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Ferguson has maintained her staunch support for the duke, previously dismissing the allegations against him as "nonsense" in an interview with Vogue
“When I talk about Prince Andrew, I talk about family because the last six months have been hard on the girls and me,” she told the magazine in December 2019, just days after he announced his retirement. “To see such a wonderful man go through such enormous pain,” she added.
“He is the best man I know,” she continued, “and it’s all nonsense [Vogue noted that her voice rose as she alluded to the Epstein scandal], so I talk about familyhood, and I’m very strong about it.”
She also defended Andrew in a lengthy Instagram
post in 2019 — one day before his "Newsnight" interview aired — declaring that she was "with him every step of the way."
“It is so rare to meet people who can speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, who are steadfast and strong to their beliefs,” she wrote on Instagram in November 2019, alongside four photos of the duke. “Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness
and goodness of always seeing the best in people.”
“I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man who dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth,” she said, adding that “it is time for Andrew to stand firm now, and he has, and I am with him every step of the way, and that is my honor.”
Sarah Ferguson (@sarahferguson15) shared this post on Instagram.
Fergie has her own ties to Epstein: in 2011, she admitted to borrowing thousands of dollars from the sex offender in order to repay money
owed to an employee, and she later apologized for taking money from Epstein and released
saying she “deeply regretted” the transaction and association.
“I abhor pedophilia and any sexual abuse
of children and know that this was a huge mistake on my part,” she told the Evening Standard.
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