SARAH FERGUSON and ex husband Prince Andrew divorced in 1996, following the breakdown of their marriage. But how much did the Duchess of York receive in their settlement?
Sarah Ferguson, 59, and Prince Andrew, 58, divorced after just 10 years of marriage in 1996, after welcoming their daughters Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 28. The breakdown of their marriage was a scandal for the Royal Family, after the Duchess of York was pictured on holiday with her financial adviser sucking her toes months after their separation had been announced in 1992. But Fergie and Andrew remained amicable following the drama, and the Duchess even lives with Prince Andrew in his Windsor home to this day. Sarah has always insisted when the Queen asked her what she “required”, she simply asked for her friendship.
Duchess and Prince Andrew’s home
Senior sources told The Sunday Telegraph the Duchess’ divorce settlement included £500,000 provided by the Queen for a new house
She previously told Harpers Bazaar: “I think [this] amazed her because everyone said I would demand a big settlement.
“But I wanted to be able to say, ‘Her Majesty is my friend’—not fight her nor have lawyers saying, ‘Look, she is greedy.’ I left my marriage knowing I’d have to work.”
However, the mother of two did apparently receive a financial settlement too, but this also covered a trust fund for her two daughters.
Senior sources told The Sunday Telegraph the Duchess’ divorce settlement included £500,000 provided by the Queen for a new house, £1.4 million provided by the Queen for a trust fund for Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and £350,000 in cash – again provided by the Queen.
It also reportedly included an agreement the Duke of York would pay his daughters’ private school and university fees and a modest monthly allowance which is thought to have been based on the Duke of York’s salary as a Royal Navy officer.
The Royal Family apparently did not insist on an all-binding confidentiality clause as part of the agreement, meaning she has been able to cash in on her royal connection
The Telegraph add that Fergie earned £2.2 million from her autobiography.
Nevertheless, the Duchess has kept a close bond with the entire Royal Family, despite not attending the Royal Wedding of Prince William, 36, and Kate Middleton, 37, in 2011.
She did however attend Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle’s, 37, nuptials in May 2018.
Fergie also often joins the Royal Family at formal events, such as Royal Ascot.
However, in her own time the Duchess has projects of her own and often gives TV and magazine interviews to promote her charity work.
The public are also keen to see her reunite with ex Andrew.
Over the New Year Sarah shared a photo of herself in a pretty garden, alongside a caption encouraging her fans to “look forward” to the future.
Fans were clearly delighted at the post, with many people taking the opportunity to beg her to rekindle her romance with Prince Andrew.
“Still waiting for an official reconciliation with your Prince Charming. You still deserve your happy ever after,” one commented.
Another added: “And a royal re-wedding of the Yorks,” as a a third swooned: “Happy new year Sarah!! You look beautiful!! I hope you and Andrew remarry!!”
Sarah and Prince Andrew tied the knot back in 1986, but the pair were granted a divorce in 1996 – four years after publicly announcing their split.
SOURCE: EXPRESS CO UK