Sarah Ferguson says Prince Andrew is a ‘thoroughly good, very gentle man’ who is a ‘shines as grandfather’ and speaks to his five-month old grandson about football for ‘hours’
- Fergie appeared on Lorraine today to promote her Mills & Boon romance novel
- Said Andrew, who retired from royal duties in 2019, is a ‘very good grandfather’
- Princess Eugenie gave birth to five-month-old son August in February this year
- Sarah, 61, said the Duke of York can speak to the baby for ‘hours’ about football
Sarah Ferguson has paid trbute to her ex-husband Prince Andrew as a ‘thoroughly good, very gentle man’ who ‘shines’ as a grandfather.
The Queen’s son, who retired from royal duties in 2019 amid scandal over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, became a grandfather for the first time earlier this year when daughter Princess Eugenie welcomed her first child, August, while Princess Beatrice is due to give birth later this year.
Appearing on Lorraine today to promote her steamy debut Mills & Boon novel, the Duchess of York said that Andrew, 61, speaks to his five-month-old grandson August for ‘hours’ about football.
Fergie and Andrew separated in 1992 after six years of marriage and divorced four years later, but continued to share a home at the Royal Lodge to co-parent their now adult children.
The duchess hailed Andrew a ‘really good father’, insisting the pair co-parented their children ‘very well’ and that it is a ‘joy’ to watch him spending time with Eugenie and her son.
Sarah Ferguson says that her ex-husband Prince Andrew,who retired from royal duties in 2019 amid scandal over his friendship with paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, is a ‘thoroughly good, very gentle man’ who ‘shines’ as a grandfather. The pair are pictured at Royal Ascot in 2019
Appearing on Lorraine today to promote her steamy debut Mills & Boon novel, the Duchess of York said that Andrew speaks to his five-month-old grandson August for ‘hours’ about football
‘Prince Andrew is just such a good man, he’s a really thoroughly good man,’ she said.
‘He’s a very gentle man, he’s a really good father and we did co-parent very well, hence the reason our girls are very solid and have their feet on the ground.
‘But now as a grandfather he’s really good, he can go for hours talking about football, and those things. It’s a joy to see him really shine as a grandfather.’
Fergie and Prince Andrew have been divorced for more than two decades, but their continued closeness has often prompted speculation that they would rekindle their relationship.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne, on February 9 at London’s Portland Hospital
She added: ‘It’s very important for anyone watching, family unity, communicate compromise, compassion – those are the three Cs that are essential.’
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank welcomed their first child August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, who is 11th in line to the throne, on February 9 at London’s Portland Hospital.
Speaking of her new grandson Sarah, 61, said that August is ‘very much like’ his dad, Jack, who is the global director of George Clooney’s tequila company, Casamigos.
‘What I love more than anything is – of course I have sisters and have daughters and I’m very good at Barbie dolls’, said Sarah.
Fergie, pictured leaving the set of the One Show yesterday to promote her new novel, also spoke of the late Princess of Wales, comparing the royal to an ‘eagle’ who would be ‘flying high’ over her two sons
Sarah, pictured leaving the One Show set yesterday, also spoke about her new novel, ‘Her Heart for a Compass’, which she co-wrote with romance writer Marguerite Kaye, who appeared alongside her on the show
‘But now I’m into trains and tractors and stuff which I’m going to learn and August really is a little chap, he’s a good little chap and very much like his dad.
‘Of course if her wants to go and play with Barbies that’s fine too, there’s no judgement, but it’s fun to learn about tractors.’
Fergie also spoke of the late Princess of Wales, comparing the royal to an ‘eagle’ who would be ‘flying high’ over her two sons, William and Harry, and their ‘wonderful’ wives, Kate and Meghan.
‘I think Diana and I went through enormous things without social media in the 80s and we really went through lot,’ said Fergie.
‘It was really very tough and if she was here today I know she would just be completely like an eagle. She would fly high and be so proud of her two sons and their wonderful wives, who have delivered amazing children.
Fergie and Andrew (pictured on their wedding day) separated in 1992 after six years of marriage and divorced four years later but their continued closeness has often prompted speculation that they would rekindle their relationship
‘It really is a total blessing and I think, race, creed, colour, no judgment, it doesn’t matter who you are, just be who you are with integrity and kindness.’
Sarah also spoke about her new novel, ‘Her Heart for a Compass’, which she co-wrote with romance writer Marguerite Kaye, who appeared alongside her on the show.
On the book being drawn from personal experiences and family history, Sarah told host Christine Lampard: ‘The way I summarise it is I have lived with Lady Margaret for 15 years and she’s now out today. In the car, I said to Marguerite, ‘Do you realise what you’ve done for me? You’ve taken this extraordinary Lady Margaret in my head and you’ve helped me put it together in a novel.’
‘That is a huge achievement, so really I feel very proud at 61 to start a new career and it’s thanks to Marguerite and the collaboration of two people that wish to take people on a journey to find inspiration within themselves.’
Speaking more about the character of Lady Margaret, Sarah said: ‘Thanks to me researching my own DNA, I found this extraordinary redhead and I was like, ‘Ok, let’s get her.’ It’s fiction, but it’s based on my ancestry from Scotland to London and to Ireland.
Sarah Ferguson’s hotly anticipated debut Mills & Boon novel hits the shelves today – and its flame-haired heroine is more than just a little familiar
The book – Her Heart for a Compass, left – is a fictional account of the life of the Duchess of York’s great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott (right)
‘I’m a Celt through and through, so when I decided to get Lady Margret into a novel, I went to Mills & Boon and said, ‘Would you like to help me?’ I’m a very romantic person. I love the romance and nature and life. They said you have to meet the great Marguerite.’
Set in the heart of the Victorian era, the novel sees 18-year-old Lady Margaret evoke the ire of her parents – the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, close friends of Queen Victoria – by rejecting the suitor they chose for her, Lord Rufus Ponsonby, the Earl of Killin, resulting in her being banished from polite society.
Lady Margaret, who hails from Dalkeith in Scotland and loves horses, then falls madly in love with a priest and, later, an older diplomat – an acquaintance of her father’s – before making a career for herself as a writer.
And the hotly-anticipated novel is filled with racy details, such as the moment when the protagonist first sets eyes on her old friend Donald ‘astride a strapping grey’ and they find themselves in a passionate embrace.
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