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How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet? Surprising royal introduced former couple

SARAH FERGUSON married Prince Andrew in July 1986 after a one-year courtship. How did the couple meet?

Sarah Ferguson, 58, married Prince Andrew, 57, in a fairytale wedding in July 1986, after which she joined the Royal Family and became the Duchess of York.

How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet The couple were introduced by Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY
How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet The couple were introduced by Princess Diana Photo (C) GETTY

Held in Westminster Abbey, 100,000 gathered to watch the couple kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Their wedding came just a few months after Andrew proposed on his 26th birthday, on the 19 February.

But how did the couple meet? They were in fact introduced by the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Initially, the couple met as children but fell out of touch until they were adults.

In her autobiography, Sarah recalls sneaking away from her father’s polo matches as a child to “play tag with like-minded truants – including Prince Andrew, who was just my age.”

How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet The couple announced their engagement in 1986 Photo (C) GETTY
How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet The couple announced their engagement in 1986 Photo (C) GETTY

Many years later, Diana invited Fergie, as she was known to her friends, to a party at Windsor Castle held after the Ascot Races.

The couple met again at the party and hit it off, starting to date the same week.

Diana invited Fergie, as she was known to her friends, to a party at Windsor Castle held after the Ascot Races

After a whirlwind romance, Andrew proposed and the couple announced their engagement in March 1986.

The couple were divorced ten years later, in 1996, although it was amicable and the couple are still friends.

How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet Their wedding was watched by thousands Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet Their wedding was watched by thousands Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

In fact they are so close, some wonder if they will remarry, and if Sarah Ferguson will spend Christmas with the Queen.

A royal source revealed that while Sarah Ferguson may be nearby the royal family at Christmas, she does not stay at Sandringham.

They source told the Daily Star she stays at “Woodworm…which is on the estate.”

How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet The duo are still close friends Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
How did Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson meet The duo are still close friends Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Christmas runs in a particular way at Sandringham, with the Queen and Prince Philip travelling there the week before, around the 19th December.

The Queen usually takes public transport from King’s Cross to Norfolk, with pictures of her boarding the train shared each year.

The rest of the family joins them on Christmas Eve, and the night is spent together for a formal dinner.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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