Sarah Ferguson says the royal family ‘moves together as a unit’
Prince Andrew, 62, has 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, formerly Virginia Roberts, alleged the Duke sexually assaulted her three times in 2001 when she was a minor under US law.
Andrew has vehemently denied all the charges against him, but they have seriously tarnished his reputation.
In 2019 the duke stepped down from public duties “for the foreseeable future” and in January he was stripped of his honorary military titles and royal patronage.
After reaching a “settlement in principle” in his civil case, many have speculated that the Duke may be planning a return to royal life.
Now it has been claimed that Sarah Ferguson, Andrew’s ex-wife, is key “to any hope Andrew may have of rehabilitation”.
Sarah Ferguson helps support ‘precarious family finances’ with book deal
Sarah’s ex-husband Prince Andrew and their two daughters Beatrice and Eugenie
She has always been a strong advocate for her ex-husband, and the couple have remained close despite their more than three-decade divorce.
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 is 100% behind him.
She told Porta a Porta: “I completely support Andrew 100%.
“He’s such a nice and wonderful man, he’s a brilliant father and now a fantastic grandfather.”
Even though Andrew and Sarah separated more than 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 points to Fergie’s writing career as something that may be a stumbling block for the couple. .
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She claims the Duchess “is unlikely to do anything that could jeopardize 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 says ‘helped support the couple’s precarious finances’.
The Duchess of York would not only be responsible for the finances of her and her ex-husband, but would also play a vital role when it comes to their two children, Beatrice and Eugenie.
A source says Fergie is ‘the central link’ when it comes to the York family and is responsible for ‘keeping them all strong and together and never more than now’.
However, the source also noticed some separation between Sarah’s work and her personal life.
The source said, “But you have to separate the personal and the professional 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 out an individual professional life that encompasses everything from her books, her Storytime with Fergie videos on YouTube, her work on American television and other products.
“It remains separate.”
“Her Heart for a Compass,” Fergie’s romance novel written in partnership with veteran Mills & Boon author Marguerite Kaye, was released last year and is a fictionalized story about Fergie’s great-great-aunt. the Duchess, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott.
The Duchess has revealed she has signed a second book deal with Mills & Boon just days after releasing 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.
In 2020, shortly after it was revealed that her ex-husband Andrew had been stripped of taxpayers’ 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
News of the deal came just three months after Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties, following scandal surrounding his friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
It has been reported that Andrew has been stripped of his £240,000 funding by Sovereign Grant taxpayers as he funds expenses related to official duties.
Since then, the Duke of York’s financial affairs have already been described as both ‘mysterious’ and ‘troubled’, and in particular speculation was high this week after news of his settlement with Ms Giuffre . Andrew and Ms Giuffre have agreed to keep the settlement amount confidential, but it has been reported at £12million.
Since the news broke on Tuesday, questions have arisen over how Andrew could afford a multi-million pound settlement with Ms Giuffre.
Reports suggest he sold his ski lodge, reportedly worth £18m, after settling the debt on the property so the remaining proceeds could be used to part-fund the settlement, but the rest would come from his mother, the Queen.