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Sarah Ferguson says she stands by Prince Andrew ‘100%’ despite Epstein scandal

Sarah Ferguson has said that she stands by her former husband Prince Andrew "100%" and that their love is "just very different from what normal people have".

In an interview to promote her new romance novel, Her Heart for a Compass, the Duchess of York insists that despite their 1996 divorce she and Andrew "continue to grow together".

Bruno Vespa, host of the long-running Italian chat show Porta a Porta (door to door) spoke briefly about the book but focused mainly on Prince Andrew, who has been under intense scrutiny as a result of his close friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

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"I completely stand by Andrew 100%," she insisted, saying: "He is such a kind, great man, he is a brilliant father and now a fantastic grandfather."

She described the July day in 1986 when she married Andrew as the happiest day of her life, saying: "I was the luckiest girl in the world. It was truly a fairy-tale because I was marrying a prince."

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While their marriage fell apart and even after the emergence of photos showing "financial advisor" John Bryan sucking her toes at her holiday villa in the south of France, Sarah and Andrew still lived at the Royal Lodge on the Queen's Windsor estate.

When asked about rumours that she and Andrew might one day re-marry, she has said: "He’s still my handsome prince, he’ll always be my handsome prince."

She added: "It’s lovely that we are such a family and the story has a happy ending all the time.

"In our every day, we really respect each other and we honour each other and it’s just lovely to have that sense of integrity, to what we believe is right."

The two not only share a home and children but money worries.

They are in the process of selling a £17 million ski lodge in Switzerland in order to settle a long-running legal case brought by the chalet’s former owner, who sued the couple last year over £6.6 million she claimed they still owed her.

The Yorks bought the seven-bedroom Chalet Helora from Isabelle de Rouvre in 2014 for £16.6 million. But according to de Rouvre, they failed to pay the final instalment and so she took them to court.

Sarah also engaged lawyers to sue News Group Newspapers, publishers of the now-closed News of the World, over a sting operation in which they filmed her apparently selling access to Prince Andrew for £500,000 to a journalist posing as an Indian businessman.

She reportedly asked for £45 million to compensate her for the "international humiliation" as a result of the sting.

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