Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has called her ex-husband Prince Andrew a ‘thoroughly good man’.
Last year, Prince Andrew retired from royal duties, amid scandal and controversy over his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
He had withdrawn from duties months earlier following a disastrous Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis, during which he denied having sex with an alleged victim of Epstein, Virginia Giuffre, when she was 17, and claimed he was physically unable to sweat.
His ex-wife Fergie, 61, defended Andrew while promoting her new book on Tuesday morning’s edition of Lorraine, saying that he has excelled as a grandfather to his daughter Princess Eugenie’s son August, who was born in February.
Fergie said: ‘The pandemic has been extraordinary for everybody, it’s been so challenging. But I think Prince Andrew is such a good man, he’s a thoroughly good man, he’s a very gentle man, he’s a really good father.’
Prince Andrew, also 61, and Fergie split in 1992 after six years of marriage and divorced four years later, continued to share a home at the Royal Lodge to co-parent their now adult children, Beatrice and Eugenie.
Fergie was on the show to promote her new book (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
She said: ‘We did co-parent very well, hence the reason why the girls are very solid and [have their] feet on the ground. But now, as a grandfather, he’s really good. He can go for hours talking about football and all those sorts of things. And I’m like, “Ok, off you go.” It’s a joy to see him really shine as a grandfather.
‘I think it’s very important, family unity – communicate, compromise, compassion. Those are the three Cs that are essential… Life is about yourself and being able to have team spirit. Say what you feel – communicate, compromise and then compassion, let’s go forward.’
Prince Andrew and Fergie will become grandparents again this autumn, as Princess Beatrice is pregnant with her first child.
While stand-in host Christine Lampard did not question Fergie’s comments on her ex-husband, Lorraine Kelly has previously made digs at the Duke of York on her show.
Fergie was on the ITV chat show to discuss her new novel Her Heart for a Compass, which she co-wrote with romance writer Marguerite Kaye, and also commented on the constant headlines about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who now live in the US.
The Duchess of York said: ‘Diana and I went through enormous things without social media in the 80s, we really went through a lot, it was really very, very tough and if she was here today I know that she would be completely like an eagle – she would fly high and be so proud of her two sons and their wonderful wives who have delivered amazing children.
‘It really is a total blessing and I think a lot of people – I say this very openly, no race, creed, colour, no other denomination, no judgement, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, just be who you are with the integrity of goodness and kindness.’
She added: ‘If [Princess Diana] was here too, she’d beat me to the bouncy castle because she always used to beat me in the running races. I’d probably bounce her off the castle!’
Lorraine continues weekday mornings at 9am on ITV.Credit: Original article published here.