The palace announced Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s separation in 1992, a decade after the entire world watched their highly publicized (and very romantic!) nuptials at Westminster Abbey. Though it was a tough time for the York family, and the Royal Family in general, the pair have remained a strong unit, showing just how wonderful their bond has always been and just how central family is in both of their lives. We’d be surprised not to see them beaming side by side in the pews at St George’s Chapel when Princess Eugenie says “I do” on Oct. 12.
It was a whirlwind courtship for Prince Andrew and Sarah, who married after one year of dating. Showing just how in sync they are, the couple jokingly teased adoring fans waiting for their first kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding ceremony. “[It was the] greatest day of my life marrying the finest man, and he is the finest man in my life," the Duchess of York has said. "He’s a great gentleman, and he’s got an essence of gold. He’s a nugget of goodness.”
Their youngest daughter’s wedding will be a beautiful moment as both of her parents will be able to be there and in good spirits. And luckily for the family of four, the Duke and Duchess of Yorks’ enduring friendship was not forced simply because of the upcoming nuptials. In fact, the two have kept on great terms, co-parenting their daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, showing up for royal events together and even sometimes staying in the same home.
In June, Sarah was spotted with Beatrice and Prince Andrew at the Royal Ascot, chatting and laughing up a storm, showing off their lasting relationship. Similarly, the duchess was also seen joking around with the Queen. The formerly married couple were also spotted at the same horse racing event in 2017, sitting in a box together. Back in 2013, Sarah gushed about her ex-husband. “He’s still my handsome prince. He’ll always be my handsome prince,” she revealed at a literature festival. “We really believe in being good parents for our girls. In our every day, we really respect each other and we honour each other.”
Sarah and Andrew shared a box together at the Royal Ascot in 2017. Photo: © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
Both Beatrice, born in 1988, and Eugenie, born in 1990, were raised at their family home, the Royal Lodge, near Windsor Castle. And amazingly, the couple still reportedly live together in their shared home, where Eugenie’s wedding reception will take place. “I’m in and out all the time, and he’s in and out all the time,” she said on an Australian radio show in 2016. “And no, we’re not married. We’re very happy with the way things are.” She added: “I think the great thing is we absolutely are the most extraordinary example of a unified family.”
While having divorced parents cannot be easy for anyone, even those as privileged as the princesses, it seems like Sarah and Andrew are doing it the best way possible. Eugenie even told the BBC that her parents are “the best divorced couple I know.”