SARAH FERGUSON, Duchess of York, has shared a heartfelt social media post describing how she will stand by Prince Andrew “every step of the way” ahead of his BBC interview.
The Duchess shared three pictures of Andrew on her Instagram account along with a caption highlighting her support for the Prince. Her post said: “It is time for Andrew to stand firm now, and that he has, and I am with him every step of the way and that is my honour.” It comes as Prince Andrew, in an unprecedented interview which will air on Saturday, has opened up about his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Andrew, who has so far only commented on the matter through agreed statements from Buckingham Palace, in the past has said he had been “appalled” by the sex abuse claims moved against Epstein.
A comment from the Palace released this summer read: “His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behaviour is abhorrent.”
Sarah’s caption of her images praised Andrew as a “true and real gentleman”.
She wrote: “It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs.
Sarah Ferguson wrote a gushing post on Instagram about Prince Andrew (Image Getty Images)
The Duchess claimed she would stand by her ex-husband (Image: Getty Images)
“Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness and goodness of always seeing the best in people.”
The Duchess went on to claim how she was proud of her ex-husband.
She said: “I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth.”
Sarah also gave praise to Andrew for his role in the Royal Family.
Prince Andrew’s interview will air on Saturday on BBC TWO on November 16 at 9pm (Image: Getty Images)
She wrote: “For so many years he has gone about his duties for Great Britain and the monarch.”
Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s third child, and Sarah announced their engagement in 1986.
They married four months later and had two children together, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
The couple divorced in 1996 but have still remained close.
Sarah and Andrew married in 1986 (Image Getty Images)
Sarah praised the former couple’s ‘joint parenting’ (Image Getty Images)
In her Instagram post, Sarah highlighted their success in the “joint parenting” of their daughters.
She wrote: “We are the best examples of joint parenting, with both our girls and I go back to my three Cs: Communicate. Compromise. Compassion.”
The Duchess received many supportive comments from adoring royal fans on her post.
Tati Marie wrote: “I admire the way you, Andrew and your daughters stick together.”
Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson timeline (Image: Getty Images)
The post received support from many royal fans (Image: Getty Images)
Another person wrote: “Your parenting shows through the lives of your shining daughters, great job.”
Chloe Wilts commented on the post, she said: “Well said! You two are still fab.”
One fan wrote: “That is a beautiful tribute. We need more people like you both.”
Another posted: “What lovely words.”
Prince Andrew strongly denies claims he had sex with Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre) when she was 17.
Buckingham Palace said previously: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”
It added: “It is emphatically denied that the Duke of York had any form of sexual contact with Virginia Roberts. Any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation.”
Mrs Giuffre’s allegations about the duke were struck from the US court record in 2015 after a judge branded them “immaterial and impertinent”.
A US Federal Appeals Court has warned that allegations in court papers should not be understood as firm findings or as “some sort of marker of reliability” because New York law grants absolute immunity from liability for defamation.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK