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Sarah Ferguson finally speaks out about the Prince Andrew scandal in a rare interview

The Duchess of York has opened up about the scandal that's rocked the royal family.

By Jess Pullar
Sarah Ferguson has finally opened up about the scandal surrounding her ex-husband Prince Andrew, and the extent of it all has clearly taken its toll.
The royal Prince has been at the centre of damning allegations this year as his connection to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was revealed.
And while there's no doubt the scandal surrounding all of this has led to monumental fallout for Andrew, who has since stepped down from his royal duties, the effect on his immediate family was not known - until now.
Sarah Ferguson has spoken out in support of her ex-husband. (Getty)
Speaking to Vogue Arabia, Fergie said things had been "incredibly difficult", as the scandal continued to unfold.
"When I talk about Prince Andrew, I talk about family, because the last six months have been hard on the girls and me," she explained.
She also added that it was tough to watch her ex-husband go through the process, calling him a "wonderful man".
The 60-year-old defended the Prince relentlessly, also stating: "He is the best man I know. It's just incredible what he has done for Britain, and it's all nonsense, so I talk about familyhood, and I'm very strong about it."
Prince Andrew has come under fire over his connection to Jeffrey Epstein. (Getty)
The 59-year-old Prince has been under fire following a disastrous interview he gave to the BBC, where he attempted to clear up the allegations against him.
A woman named Virginia Giuffre claims Andrew had sex with her when she was 17-years-old - the same time he was allegedly spending time with Epstein.
"I can absolutely categorically tell you it never happened. I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," Andrew said in the interview.
But his statement was not received well by the public, particularly considering some of the reasoning he used to justify why the allegations could not be true.
Journalist Emily Maitlis stated that Giuffre's allegations were "very specific", including details about how the Prince had been "profusely sweating".
The Prince then explained: "I didn't sweat at the time because I had suffered what I would describe as an overdose of adrenalin in the Falklands War when I was shot at and I simply… it was almost impossible for me to sweat."
Prince Andrew's interview with the BBC was described as a "train wreck". (Getty)
The interview, described as a "train crash" by many, led to the royal officially stepping back from his role for an unspecified period of time as the charities he was connected to cut their ties from the royal.
In a statement, Andrew said: "It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities that I am proud to support."
He added: "Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission."
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But it seems Fergie's trust in her ex-husband has not wavered.
After his interview, the Duchess of York even wrote a statement on Instagram in support of Andrew.
"It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs," she said.
The royal added: "Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness and goodness of always seeing the best in people. I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth."

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