Toe-sucking, sex and ‘vulgar, vulgar, vulgar’ world of Prince Andrew and Fergie

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Today marks what would have been Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s 36th wedding anniversary.

Things didn’t work out for the couple who divorced in 1996 but despite the split, the two have remained close.

Even throughout Andrew's tough times, which have seen accusations aimed at him that he had sex with Virginia Giuffre when she was 17, Fergie has always maintained strong public support. Andrew has always strongly denied the allegations.

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So strong is Andrew and Sarah’s relationship in fact, that they have stayed living together at Andrew’s home, Royal Lodge, in Windsor.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Sarah once said: “All I can say is that we’re happy with the way we are right now.

"We always say we are the most contented divorced couple in the world. We’re divorced to each other, not from each other.

"We are co-parents who support each other and believe that family is everything. I’m proud of the job we have done together in bringing up our children and sustaining a strong family unit. Our bywords are communication, compromise and compassion.”

In an interview in 2018 with the Mail, she said: "July 23, 1986, was the happiest day of my life. Andrew is the best man I know. What he does for Britain is incredible; no one knows how hard he works for his country.

"My duty is to him. I am so proud of him. I stand by him and always will.”

She added: "We stand up for each other, fight for each other. We're totally respectful of each other's positions and thoughts and we listen to each other. Our children listen to us, too. And we sit around the table and have afternoon tea together. It's a very important part of our lives."

The two’s relationship got off the ground thanks to Princess Diana, who was friends with Fergie. Diana introduced the two at Royal Ascot in 1985 in the hope that something might spark between the pair. It did. In 1986, they were married.

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The relationship found itself on thin ice though in 1992 when paparazzi images appeared to show Fergie getting cosy with her financial advisor John Bryan.

Pictures showed the two could be seen "smooching, snuggling, nuzzling, embracing, back-rubbing and generally carrying on".

One of the images infamously captured Bryan having a cheeky suck of Ferguson’s toe.

The Queen was allegedly less than impressed. According to the Guardian, she called Sarah "vulgar, vulgar, vulgar".

Penny Junor, a royal biographer, said the images spelt disaster for Fergie’s relationship with the Palace establishment. She said: "She [Ferguson] was at Balmoral [Castle] when those photographs came out. The family came down for breakfast and there was Fergie in this shocking scene and that was the end.”

The divorce came four years later with Ferguson striking up a deal with Queen Elizabeth. She told Harper’s Bazaar at the time: "I didn't want a divorce but had to because of circumstance.

"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.”

Fergie said the only thing she wanted from the divorce was "friendship, not money". She still came away with a settlement of £15,000 per year.

There has been undoubted strain put on them by the allegations towards Andrew, which he has always denied.

In fact he's go which a settlement on the US civil claim against him, which was reached outside of court with no admission of liability on his part.

Despite all this, Royal biographer Penny Junor told the Guardian "she has not just stood silently by his side. She actually speaks out in favour of him".


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