Sarah Ferguson says Prince Andrew is ‘a good and kind man’

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew at Royal Ascot in 2019

Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew at Royal Ascot in 2019 (Image: Getty)

The Duchess of York said her ex-husband Prince Andrew was a “good and kind man” after he recently settled the sexual assault allegations.

Sarah Ferguson has denied living full-time with the Duke of York at the Royal Lodge in Windsor, where she spends time with him and their two daughters.

She said she spends a lot of time abroad doing philanthropic work – but said she stands by Prince Andrew despite the recent damage to his reputation.

In an interview with Times Radio, she said: “It’s a place where we form a united front with the girls. It’s her home.”

She said she believes people should “clean up your side of the road” and act with integrity, once you’ve done that, if someone else has a problem, then it’s their problem.

“I will be very firm with Andrew, who is a very good and kind man,” she said.

Prince Andrew, who has always denied allegations of sexual assault, has settled a civil suit brought by Virginia Guiffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with him three times when she was 17 and became the victim of a human trafficking ring orchestrated by billionaire pedophile Jeffry Epstein became .

When asked if she would marry him again if she could go back and do things differently, Ms Ferguson said “oh yes”.

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“It was an extraordinary day, July 23, 1986. I think my life is an amazing life. I think I was very lucky. And I’m just starting my life over again. And I think it’s pretty cool to be able to say that.”

She also described her relationship with her daughters as “the tripod” that “remains firm in speaking its truth.”

In an interview with Mariella Frostrup, she said she cannot speak about Prince Andrew’s case for legal reasons, but said she and her daughters got through difficult times by being present and speaking a lot.

“I can say that I’ve probably done one of the greatest things in my life to be a mother, and it’s been a very good mother,” she said. “And the reason for that is because I was abandoned by my mother at the age of 11.

“And every time I look at my girls I realize what the secret of good motherhood is. Appear. That’s it. Show up and listen. You turn off the phone, close the door, turn off the TV and say, “Are you okay? Is it me? did i tease you What’s happening?”

“You know, and you really take away the fear factor because you’re so present with them. And I think that’s the secret.”

She said both Beatrice and Eugenie have “great” and “so good looking” husbands and she was pleased to see they were doing well.

As the interview turned to politics, she said she had to “remain deeply non-political or that would get me in a lot of trouble.”

When asked about the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, she said: “The people of Rwanda are so hospitable and full of hospitality”.

But she said refugees should be approached and included in the conversation.

“I therefore firmly believe that my answer must be: ‘Are you sure you have listened to the needs of the displaced people?’

The interview aired today at 2 p.m. on Times Radio.

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