LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 27: Sarah, Duchess of York attends the British LGBT Awards 2021 at The Brewery on August 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Sarah Ferguson Was Never The Same After Divorcing Prince Andrew
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Not a Fairytale
Sarah Ferguson, also known as Fergie, and Prince Andrew were wed on July 23, 1986, and they divorced formally in 1996. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in November 1996, Fergie emphasized that living as a royal was "not a fairy tale, it's real life" and talked about the numerous challenges that came with it.
Family Life
After a few years of marriage, the couple had two daughters: Princess Eugenie was born in 1990, and Princess Beatrice was born in 1988. Fergie decided early on that being a cohesive family unit was essential, regardless of whether she and Prince Andrew were together, stating that their "bywords are communication, compromise, and compassion."
Rules of Divorce
While the couple may be divorced, they didn’t go far, as they have been cohabitating on-and-off for many years, with Fergie speaking candidly, saying "We're divorced to each other, not from each other." They have also stood by each other through scandals like Prince Andrew’s affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein and Fergie’s bribery scandal.
Her Own Voice
With no more duties to the royal family, Fergie tried her hand at writing and became a children's book author, known widely for her popular "Budgie the Little Helicopter" series, as well as many others. In 2021, she released her first adult title, "Her Heart for a Compass," which is based on Fergie's great-great-great-grandparents.
YouTube Sensation
In an effort to make children smile during the pandemic, Fergie started a YouTube children's video series called "Storytime with Fergie and Friends," where she reads children's stories to a young audience. The series has now gained 60,000 followers and is still a hit with young viewers.