Sarah Ferguson Once Said Her Desire For Independence Was The Reason She Divorced Prince Andrew. But Was It Really So?

Date August 22, 2018

It was one of the most famous royal divorces of all times.

Prince Andrew’s and Sarah Ferguson’s divorce

Sarah Ferguson, 58, has been married to the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, for 10 years.


However, there might have been different reasons for such a divorce, Sarah Ferguson has opted for the following one. Here’s what she said about that to Harper’s Bazaar:

I still see, love, and admire. I didn't want a divorce but had to because of circumstance, the most painful time of my life. I wanted to work; it's not right for a princess of the royal house to be commercial, so Andrew and I decided to make the divorce official so I could go off and get a job.

"I got the palace, not my man"

Still, there might have been other reasons for such a dramatic divorce. The duchess says it was his naval career to blame. Because of it, the couple could see each other a mere 40 days a year for the first five years. And rumors have it, according to Harper’Bazaar, there was infidelity.


Sarah says she wasn’t happy in the palace without her husband, and that’s totally understandable. In her interview on InnerVIEWS with Ernie Manouse, the duchess said:

I got palace not my man.

For the first 5 years of our marriage I saw him 40 days a year.

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Sarah Ferguson opens up about what saved her life

She must have felt totally devastated in view of all the circumstances, and there must have been something that saved her life. First, she had her daughters. Then, there was charity work she threw herself in. It gave her the sense of perspective and feeling needed.

Here’s what she told Evening Standard:

It has certainly made me a better mother to my daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, giving me a sense of perspective, and allowing me to encourage them to use the platform they have to get involved in charitable work.

It has probably saved my life, too, by giving me purpose through hard times. As my grandmother always said, “When you feel bad about yourself, go out there and do something for somebody else.”



Now it doesn’t matter what was the reason of their divorce. The things that do matter now are what makes the world better. It’s great that the duchess got involved in charity. It gave her the sense of achievement, while others got help they needed.

Sarah Ferguson