FERGIE & ANDREW’S SECOND CHANCE
THE SECRET’S OUT! IT’S UNDERSTOOD THE YORKS ARE INTENT ON MARRYING AGAIN
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby hasn’t even been born yet, but the little prince or princess is already making history.
Regardless of gender, William and Catherine’s newborn will take its place as fifth-in-line to the throne, thanks to the laws of succession changing prior to the birth of Prince George in 2013, which ended male preference primogeniture.
Baby Cambridge number three also knocks the rest of the House of Windsor down a rung on the ladder of succession – and crucially for the Duke of York, his new niece or nephew could prove the answer to a situation fraught with problems.
Rumours are swirling in Britain that Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York are back together and planning to remarry. It’s a wish made possible by the fact Andrew is soon to become seventh in line to the throne, and critically, would no longer need the Queen’s permission to tie the knot, as it’s only the first six royals in line who must legally do so.
While the pair have been separated for 25 years and divorced for more than 20, they have remained famously close, living together in Windsor and even purchasing a luxury Swiss resort together.
‘ It’s lovely that we are such a family and the story has a happy ending all the time’
But while the notion Andrew (57) doesn’t need his mother’s blessing to remarry makes the prospect of a reunion that much easier, speculation that the former lovers have reunited has been growing stronger since as early as 2013. That year, Fergie (58) was surprisingly invited to Balmoral by the Queen (91) after years of exile. Plus, in an interview during that period, the duchess called Andrew her “handsome prince”, and refused to deny reports the pair were planning a wedding.
“He’s still my handsome prince, he’ll always be my handsome prince,” she told The Telegraph newspaper.
“It’s lovely that we are such a family and the story has a happy ending all the time... and that’s the way we are.”
And last year during
an interview with an Australian radio station, the duchess revealed she and Andrew had apparently reunited.
“We’re divorced to each other right now,” she said, following a direct question asking if she and Andrew will get back together, before adding, “We’ve never really left each other.”
When the host asked if that meant “you’re still together sort of”, she replied, “Yes.”
“I think the happily ever after... I’m actually writing a book about that too.”
But the one thing stopping an apparent happily ever after is Andrew’s father, Prince Philip (96). The Duke of Edinburgh is said to detest Fergie following the multiple scandals she inflicted on the royal family, including the infamous toe-sucking pictures of 1992, and the shocking incident in 2010 where she was exposed trying to sell access to her ex-husband to an undercover reporter for almost $1 million.
Philip (96) has famously vowed to never be in the same room as his former daughter-in-law, and called her “odd and pointless” following her and Andrew’s break-up, an insult that stuck with Fergie in the years following and which she says caused her to plunge into a dark depression.
While the Queen’s attitude to her former daughter-in-law has softened in recent years – largely to please Andrew who is said to be her favourite son – according to royal insiders, there is absolutely no chance of Philip following suit.
Fergie pulls Andrew’s strings,” says a source close to the royal family.
“Andrew pulls the Queen’s strings. That’s why she’s at
‘A table can’t stand on three legs, really, so you have the duke and I, and the two girls. We’re a family unit’
Balmoral. For someone who can be so bonkers in her personal life, she is extraordinarily shrewd when it comes to managing her relationship with the Queen.”
However, despite Philip’s disdain for Fergie, once the new Cambridge child is born, there will be nothing stopping the Yorks from tying the knot for the second time – a thought that’s sure to bring joy to the couple’s two children, Princesses Beatrice (29) and Eugenie (27).
“A table goes best with four legs,” Fergie said of her family in September this year.
“A table can’t stand on three legs, really, so you have the duke and I, and the two girls. We’re a family
unit and we lead by example. We support each other emotionally and we support each other healthwise.”
Fergie has also been quietly, but notably, re-entering royal life following years of self-exile. Last year, her name was featured on the Court Circular, which details engagements of the royal family, for the first time since 1997 when she attended the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
She has also become an ambassador for the British
Heart Foundation – “it’s what I love to do,” she says of representing charities.
“But it’s been many years since I’ve been formally out in public, so this is a huge first for me... The damage of negative press can completely change your life. But for the first time in seven years, this is me wanting to step forward.”
And, perhaps foreshadowing what is to come, she adds,
“It’s a massive step – bigger than anyone can imagine.”
The playful couple posed for photos as they announced their engagement.
Early in their engagement, the Queen already appeared to have her concerns for the pairing. Below: Fergie found a royal friend in Diana.
J U LY 1987
Above: Seeing double on an official visit to Inverness, Scotland. Right: Despite breaking up two years earlier, the pair remained lovingly close. Below: The proud parents welcomed their daughter, Princess Beatrice, to the world.
M AY 199 4 Howdy, partner! The pair were blissfully in love when they embarked on a royal tour of Canada.
AUGUST 1988 JULY 1987
The couple were in good spirits at Royal Ascot in June 2015.
Nine months before officially
divorcing, the separated couple
were all smiles.
Divorce did not put a stop to family ski holidays with daughters Eugenie (left) and Beatrice.
Fergie leaned on Andrew after Princess Diana’s death.