Prince Andrew deleted his social media accounts this week as scrutiny on the Duke continues to intensify. Last week, the Queen stripped her second son of his honorary military affiliations and royal patronages, and he agreed not to use his royal style HRH in any official capacity. This came after a US judge ruled that a civil case brought against the Duke of York will go to a full trial in the autumn. Virginia Giuffre has accused Andrew of sexually assaulting her on three occasions, having been allegedly trafficked by the royal’s former friend, the late Jeffrey Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell.
Andrew has denied the allegations.
His legal team’s attempts to have Ms Giuffre’s case thrown out failed last week.
As Andrew comes under more pressure, he has been supported consistently by his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, affectionately known as Fergie.
In November 2019, Fergie’s friend Lizzy Cundy said the Duchess is “in love” with Andrew and is desperate to “protect him”.
This came after his car-crash interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight.
Ms Cundy told talkRADIO: “Sarah is a very sweet-hearted lady and she’s in love with Andrew.
“She’s just being supportive like any other former wife.
“They are still very close, they live together and she’s just showing her support.”
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Fellow guest Richard Fitzwilliams criticised Fergie after she was pictured laughing and joking with security guards at the gates of Buckingham Palace.
Ms Cundy responded: “It doesn’t matter if she went in there head down, stone faced.
“It’s the stiff upper lip and she wanted to look supported.
“She is going to stand by Andrew, she has two daughters with him. She wants to protect.
“Sarah has been naïve at times but she wants to be there for him.”
In September last year, Fergie said she has “kept my commitment” to her former husband the Duke of York.
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Speaking to local press on a trip to Poland, the Duchess said that her wedding to Andrew in 1986 was one of the best days of her life.
She said: “When you make that commitment, you decide to marry a prince.
“And I fell in love with him. He was a sailor, he is still. He was a helicopter pilot and was also a prince.
“I kept my commitment, no matter what. People said: you got divorced. They don’t know how I feel.
“Divorce is one thing, but my heart is my oath, my obligation.”
In December, Ms Ferguson said her “fairytale” with Andrew still hasn’t ended, defending his character amid the ongoing civil case.
She said: “I completely stand by Andrew 100 percent. He is such a kind, great man, he is a brilliant father and now a fantastic grandfather.
“I feel very strongly that in this day and age that we must stand by our hearts, what we think is right with integrity and honour and loyalty.”
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Asked about the happiest time in her life, she said: “July 3 1986, when I married the best man in the world.
“I was the luckiest girl in the world. It was truly a fairy-tale because I was marrying a prince.
“First of all, I was marrying a man, then I was marrying a naval officer, and then I was marrying a prince and he was very good looking, a handsome prince from all the fairy tales ‒ he even had the sword.”
Despite Ms Ferguson’s support, experts have warned that the allegations made against Andrew have hurt not just his reputation, but also the Royal Family’s as a whole.
David McClure, a royal commentator and author, commented on the stripping of Andrew’s military titles and patronages.
He told NBC: “It’s quite brutal in many ways — the Queen is really putting a foot down and saying this cannot continue.
“It has become tremendously damaging in terms of the reputation of the whole monarchy, not just Andrew, so the Queen really did have to make a decision.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK