Prince Andrew’s ex wife Sarah Ferguson ‘convinced royal to take part in car crash TV interview and tell his truth’ – The Sun

Prince Andrew’s ex wife Sarah Ferguson reportedly convinced the royal to take part in his disastrous TV interview and tell his truth, it has been claimed.

The Duke of York spoke about his links with the disgraced millionaire during an "unvetted questions" interview with BBC2 Newnight's Emily Maitlis on Saturday.

Andrew's ex-wife – known as Fergie – reportedly "encouraged" and "convinced" the prince to take the bold step of going on camera, reported Daily Mail.

Fergie felt that Andrew, 59, needed to "get ahead" of the scandal and present "his truth" to the public, it has been claimed.


A royal source told Daily Mail: "Andrew has been relying on Sarah heavily. In fact she's been the prince's biggest champion and he values her opinion and experience.

"When the possibility of this interview arose, Sarah felt that it could be the best way of clearing his name while presenting the public with a look at the real Andrew.

"The interview gave him the chance to address the negative headlines rather than leave them unanswered and present his version of events.

"Given how damaging this scandal has been in the past six months, Sarah felt Andrew needed to get ahead of the matter to give his public image a better chance of recovery.

"She backs him to the hilt; and while this is unusual for a prince to go on TV, she felt that these were exceptional times and unusual circumstances."

Andrew and Fergie divorced by mutual decision in May 1996 after 10 years of marriage.

The couple have two children together and remain good friends since their split.


During the "car crash" interview, Andrew denied he had sex with 17-year-old Virginia Roberts in 2001 after going to Tramps nightclub in London, claiming he was at a Pizza Express in Woking with his daughter Princess Beatrice.

Ms Roberts claims she had sex with the prince three times – which he strongly denies.

The 59-year-old also said he didn't regret his friendship with Epstein, who he referred to as "Jeffrey", because met "useful" people through him.

Prince Andrew described his pal's behaviour as a convicted sex offender as "unbecoming".

Ms Maitlis grilled the royal on whether he had any regret or shame about his friendship with the convicted sex offender.

Andrew said: "Do I regret the fact that he has quite obviously conducted himself in a manner unbecoming? Yes."

Ms Maitlis replied: "Unbecoming? He was a sex offender."

He clarified: "Yeah, I’m sorry, I’m being polite, I mean in the sense that he was a sex offender."


Andrew's crisis PR man left without even being paid after just a month in the job after advising against the Newsnight interview.

Jason Stein, 28, was hired two months ago to help deal with the fall out from the Duke of York's links with scandal hit Jeffrey Epstein.

He was made Communications Secretary to the Prince after losing his job as special adviser to Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd when she quit after 21 Tory MPs lost the whip.

Despite the severe backlash following the interview, Prince Andrew told the Queen his disastrous BBC interview was “a great success”.

Prince Andrew was “buoyant” as he attended church with his mum despite the furious backlash which has put his official role under threat and plunged the Royal Family into its biggest crisis in years.

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