The Queen’s third child and second son, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, married Sarah, Duchess of York in 1986.
The 61-year-old father of two is ninth in line to the British throne and shares royal siblings – Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Royal Anne and the Earl of Wessex Prince Edward.
Born in Buckingham Palace in the early 1960s, the Duke of York attended several schools throughout his education. The Prince went from Heatherdown School in Berkshire to the Britannia Royal Naval College where, having had no formal training, he completed a Royal Navy Commissioning Course.
How did Prince Andrew meet his wife?
Prince Andrew has known his first wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, 62, since they were children. Supposed to have been the late Princess Diana, who was close friends with Sarah Ferguson introduced her to the prince.
The couple met at polo matches until they began dating in 1985 after becoming closer at Royal Ascot. They married the following year on July 23, 1986 at Westminster Abbey. Sarah Ferguson was soon known as “Fergie,” her beloved nickname, derived from her last name.
Before marriage, Sarah had worked for an art gallery, two London PR firms and a publishing house.
Sarah also has aristocratic family connections, being a descendant of King Charles II of England and the great-granddaughters of the eighth Viscount Powerscourt, great-great-granddaughter of the sixth Duke of Buccleuch and a descendant of the first Duke of Abercon and fourth Duke of Devonshire.
The ex-couple have two daughters together, Princess Beatrice, 33, and Princess Eugenie, 31.
When did Prince Andrew get divorced?
The prince and duchess got divorced May 30, 1996 after her Separation 1992 .
Both the Duke and Duchess were only married once. Sarah Ferguson was stripped of her royal title once the divorce was finalized.
Sarah’s parents also divorced in 1974, her mother Susan Barrantes remarried a polo player the following year and moved to the Argentinian pampa. Sarah’s father, Major Ferguson, also later married in 1976 and had three other children.
Sarah has previously opened up about the impact her parents’ divorce had on her, when she developed an eating disorder and started overeating.
Why did Prince Andrew get divorced?
It’s not entirely known – but a biography written by Sarah Bradford has noted Prince Andrew’s duties as a naval officer demanded that he be away from home for a long time, which presumably led to Fergie’s boredom.
The couple’s bio goes so far that for the first five years of their marriage, the couple would see each other 40 days a year.
During their separation and divorce, the Prince and especially Fergie were surrounded by scandals involving money, debt and betrayal. The biggest scandal occurred in May 2010 when former news giant News of the World secretly filmed Sarah as she was an undercover reporter posing as a businessman. supposed access the prince for a sum of money.