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Sarah Ferguson Admits The "Demands Of Palace Life" Was The Major Cause Of Her Split From Prince Andrew: "I Had Reached The End Of My Royal Rope."

Date September 13, 2019

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew's divorce in 1996 was one that shook not only members of the royal family, but the world at large. Given that they were best of pals, royal fans couldn't understand what went wrong.

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However, their divorce hasn't stopped them from being good pals. As revealed by HELLO!, Sarah describes the relationship with her ex-husband as "bigger than friendship."

The true reason behind the split

In Ferguson's 1996 autobiography titled 'My Story,' the Duchess of York opened up about the primary reason behind her split from Andrew.

Sarah Ferguson Admits The "Demands Of Palace Life" Was The Major Cause Of Her Split From Prince Andrew: "I Had Reached The End Of My Royal Rope."Sarah Ferguson Admits The "Demands Of Palace Life" Was The Major Cause Of Her Split From Prince Andrew: "I Had Reached The End Of My Royal Rope."Getty Images / Ideal Image

She explained that they didn't get a divorce because they had stopped loving each other, but because she was exhausted by royal demands.

The duchess recalled that she and Andrew were already discussing a separation in early 1996. However, the string of divorces that happened that year― Princess Anne and Princess Diana ―and the struggle with meeting royal demands made them crack.

"From early on that year, Andrew and I had been discussing a separation. Not because we'd stopped caring for one another, but because I had reached the end of my royal rope."

She continued:

"For six years, I had shouldered the demands of Palace life. I'd endured the constant scrutiny of the British press and the barely veiled hostility of the Royal Household, the courtiers who run the show. Gradually, relentlessly, they had beaten me down. They were killing me by inches. It was time to save my life."

Sarah Ferguson Admits The "Demands Of Palace Life" Was The Major Cause Of Her Split From Prince Andrew: "I Had Reached The End Of My Royal Rope."Sarah Ferguson Admits The "Demands Of Palace Life" Was The Major Cause Of Her Split From Prince Andrew: "I Had Reached The End Of My Royal Rope."Getty Images / Ideal Image

Nevertheless, they remain a family

According to body language expert Susan Constantine, Sarah and Andrew remain best of friends. Also, their love for their daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, hasn't diminished one bit since the divorce.

"Beyond the couple's respect for one another, what truly stands out is the love they have for their daughters."

Sometimes, not all relationships last forever, but that doesn't mean the people involved have to stop being friends.