Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew married in 1986 but it wasn’t meant to be and they separated just ten years later. They have two children together, Princess Beatrice, 30, and Princess Eugenie, 29, and claim to have stayed close for the sake of their family. However, the Duke and Duchess are often spotted out together and some royal fans are convinced they are set to remarry soon. The Queen’s approval is usually needed for those in the family to get married, but a royal law means there is now nothing stopping the couple.
Sarah and Andrew announced their engagement on 19 March 1986 and got married on 23 July that year.
They wed in a televised ceremony at Westminster Abbey, when Prince Andrew was fourth in line to the throne.
Due to the Royal Marriage Act 1772, the pair had to get the Queen’s permission before tying the knot.
According to the law, the first six people in line to the British throne can’t get married without permission from the monarch.
Although they are divorced, Sarah and Andrew seem to be very close and the Duchess has used social media to share her pride for her ex-husband.
On top of that, she revealed they still live together at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park.
Until recently, the pair would have needed to seek approval again before they could get remarried.
However, when Prince Louis was born in April 2018, Prince Andrew was bumped off the top six in line to the throne.
After Prince Harry’s son, Archie Harrison, two months, was born in May this year, Andrew is now eighth in line and would not need permission.
ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship recently claimed the pair had reunited in a Tweet which read: “Royal relationship back on. Prince Andrew and Fergie back together more than 20 years after they divorced.”
Although this has not be confirmed, Sarah is often spotted attending glamorous locations around London which could be a sign of their royal reunion.
There have recently been more signs the couple could get back together after the Duchess wore a wedding present from the Queen.
In a recent outing, the Duchess was seen wearing a diamond necklace and earring set which was her wedding present from Queen Elizabeth II.
Sarah Ferguson was given the York diamond demi-parure by the Queen on her wedding day.
The set is worth a whopping £366,600 and consists of a matching necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings.
Sarah Ferguson: Five facts about the Duchess of York
Sarah is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Mary Wright.
Her parents divorced in 1974, with her mother going on to marry polo player Héctor Barrantes in 1975 and moving to Argentina. Sarah stayed in the UK with her father, who remarried in 1976 and went on to have three more children.
Sarah married Prince Andrew on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London.
She wore an ivory-silk wedding gown designed by Lindka Cierarch which had a 17 foot train and 20 foot veil. As is tradition, Sarah wore a diamond tiara, and her wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold.
The couple spent their honeymoon abroad the real yacht Britannia off the coast of the Azores Islands.
Sarah and Andrew divorced in 1996 after separating in 1992.
However the couple remain on good terms, even living together in the Royal Lodge from 2008 until Sarah moved to a ski chalet in Switzerland they bought together in 2015.
Sarah has written children’s books for many years, her first being a series about Budgie The Helicopter in the early 90s.
She has also been the US spokeswoman for WeightWatchers after famously battling her weight over the years.
On top of commercial endeavours, the Duchess devotes plenty of time to charity, including Children in Crisis, which she founded in 1993.
Fergie, as she is known to friends, uses both Twitter and Instagram.
She has over 200,000 followers across the platforms, and shares many insights in to her life.
Most of the Royal Family are not on social media, but are represented by Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, or Clarence House.
Sarah’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are the exception, with both joining their mother on social media.