Given the fact that Prince Andrew is facing a civil lawsuit in America court for raping Virginia Roberts Giuffre in the 1990s, it feels like his PR focus should probably be on that alone. Instead, we’ve heard repeatedly that Andrew isn’t taking the lawsuit seriously, that he believes he can make a comeback, that he’ll be around for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. Interestingly enough, Andrew is now trying to soften his PR with another tried-and-true storyline: maybe he’ll remarry his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. For years, we’ve heard that they would eventually remarry, and the rumor was always “they’ll only remarry after Prince Philip dies.” Because Philip hated Fergie. The Queen, on the other hand, is fond of Fergie, so much so that Fergie was invited to join Andrew in Balmoral this summer. Well, here we go again, and this time it’s Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair with the scoop:
As the Duke and Duchess of York excitedly await the birth of their second grandchild (Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s baby is almost due), there could be an even bigger announcement for the family in the near future. Sources close to Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew tell Vanity Fair that the beleaguered duke is keen to remarry if he’s able to move on with his life following allegations of sexual abuse.
“Sarah and Andrew have been closer than ever in the past year,” a well-placed source says. “They still love and care for each other a great deal and have been living together during the pandemic. It has rekindled something and I can see a second wedding happening if it all goes Andrew’s way.”
Since he’s been embroiled in the scandal, Sarah has stood by her ex-husband, insisting he is a “thoroughly good man, he’s a very gentle man, he’s a really good father” during an appearance on Lorraine last month. And just last week while in Poland on a charity trip, Sarah spoke of her commitment to Andrew “no matter what,” fueling further talk of them getting back together.
Sarah’s visit to Balmoral during the Queen’s private holiday illustrates the closeness not only between her and her ex-husband, but between her and the monarch. The duchess recently spoke about admiring the Queen and the Queen is equally fond of Sarah and would likely be delighted to see the couple formally reunited.
“It could very well happen, but right now the priority is Sarah supporting Andrew at a very difficult time,” says a second source, adding that both the Duke and Duchess are trying to keep a low profile and will not want to do anything that puts them in the spotlight. Friends of the former couple have always believed a remarriage could be in the cards. While it would never have happened while the Duke of Edinburgh was alive because of a long-term rift between the prince and his estranged daughter-in-law, the Duke’s passing has reignited talk that the couple could formally get back together.
I’ve wondered if Andrew and Fergie would play this card once again, and here it is. To be fair, it was always clear that this would be a storyline once Philip died. Philip was used an excuse repeatedly over the years for why Fergie and Andrew would not remarry. Nowadays… well, in both the US and UK, spousal privilege exists. Meaning, a husband and wife have protected communication with each other and they cannot be compelled to testify against each other. Both Fergie and Andrew had significant criminal connections to Jeffrey Epstein, and Fergie knowingly took money from Epstein. While this “will they get remarried?!” thing is a PR move, it’s also a legal strategy to protect one another.
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