"The Most Painful Time Of My Life' Sarah Ferguson Confessed She Didn't Want A Divorce But Had No Other Choice
August 20, 2019 11:21 By Fabiosa
The royal family doesn't like scandals. And although divorce is pretty common nowadays, it certainly wasn't back in the '90s.
Not until two of the Queen's sons did it in the same year. In May 1996, Prince Andrew divorced his wife Sarah Ferguson.
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson divorce
Sadly, it was mostly Prince Andrew's duty that separated them. His naval career allowed the couple to see each other a mere 40 days a year for the first five years.
Ferguson once told Harper Bazaar:
"...two weeks after the wedding, the courtiers told Andrew, who thought he'd be stationed in London, 'You have to go to sea.' I spent my entire first pregnancy alone. When Beatrice was born, Andrew got 10 days of shore leave and when he left I cried."
As Ferguson herself explained, she wasn't keen on the official split:
"I didn't want a divorce but had to because of circumstance."
After they welcomed their children, the Duchess of York raised Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice largely as a single parent because of her husband’s prolonged absences due to his career in the Royal Navy.
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Furthermore, the woman admitted that their split was "the most painful time" of her life. They loved each other but could not stand the longlasting separation.
Likewise, Sarah harbored an ambition to work; something which wasn't viewed as proper for an official member of the royal family.
"Andrew and I decided to make the divorce official so I could go off and get a job,"
Their relationships today
That has allowed Ferguson to remain inside the royal circle. After all, she admitted to asking the Queen for friendship instead of money.
"When I met with Her Majesty about it, she asked, 'What do you require, Sarah?' and I said, 'Your friendship,' which I think amazed her because everyone said I would demand a big settlement," she said. "I left my marriage knowing I'd have to work. I have."
Even though they’ve been divorced for decades, Prince Andrew and Ferguson get along very well. Both parents are devoted to their daughters and do everything to keep the family bond strong.
Well, that's probably one of the sweetest divorced couples we've ever seen!