When Sarah Ferguson divorced Prince Andrew back in 1996, Queen Elizabeth and the royal family reportedly suggested that she be “pushed away” from her two daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
One royal expert claimed that the House of Windsor felt that “they should always be in control” of royal children and wished to exclude Sarah from royal circles.
“It was put forward as a serious suggestion by the House of Windsor, by the Royal Family, largely because they feel they should always be in control, that they, or rather Andrew would have custody of the children,” said royal author Tom Quinn, according to The Express.
“Sarah would be pushed away, or rather would have visiting rights and I know at the time, Sarah’s father was absolutely outraged and spoke to the press,” he added.
When asked about reports of Sarah losing custody of her girls, her father Major Ronald Ferguson told reporters, “I think it’s absolutely monstrous and quite unbelievable that there should be these suggestions that she should. I think it’s hurtful, it’s desperately hurtful and I think it’s inhuman and cruel.”
Despite speculation about her potentially losing custody of her daughters, Sarah never actually did, and she co-parented with Andrew effectively.
“He is a great man and [our wedding day] was the best day of my life,” Sarah recently told Good Morning America of Andrew. “I would do it all over again because he was a very good-looking sailor, but I fell in love with him and I think love conquers all.”
Despite her divorce, Sarah is also still an ardent supporter of both the Queen and the monarchy.
“I am a number one fan of the monarchy,” she said. “And I stand very strongly for the extraordinary steadfastness of the queen.”
Sarah has said that she is “100% certain” that he is telling the truth about his role in the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
“I want him [Andrew] to come through this. I want him to win,” Sarah said, according to Daily Mail.
When asked if she is completely sure of Andrew’s innocence, Sarah said, “No question. I know everything about him. I think he is an extraordinary person.”