Sarah Ferguson reveals police waited outside while Andrew visited her flat before wedding

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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, once appeared on the Graham Norton show, and she ended up revealing a lot about her life with Prince Andrew before the couple married.

Sarah appeared on the Graham Norton Show almost 10 years ago in 2009.

During the programme the popular British TV host quizzed Sarah on her relationship with Prince Andrew.

Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York married in 1986, but divorced 10 years later.

Sarah has since blamed the Prince’s absence in the navy as one of the reasons for the relationship’s breakdown.

Aside from royal life, Graham was interested in what is was like when the Prince and Sarah were dating.

He asked the Duchess: “You just lived in a flat in Clapham didn’t you?”

Laughing at the memory, Sarah said: “Lavender Gardens to be precise.”

Graham asked: “Would he come and visit you in the flat in Clapham?”

Sarah revealed the the Queen’s second eldest son did, in fact, come and visit her when she lived in the south London area near Battersea.

However, the Prince was rather taken aback by her accommodation, she revealed.

“Yes he did yes. It was a ground floor flat, and he couldn’t believe my bathroom and my bedroom and everything was all in one room because I rented the room for £30 a week.

“I was a single working girl.”

Probing into the security the prince doubtless emplyed, Graham asked: “Would there be a big secret service car outside?”

“Well I think there was a couple of policemen,” Sarah retorted.

“In fact, I probbly had to get on better with the police men than Prince Andrew, just to make sure on the car journey back they said, ‘Oh she’s nice’.”

Sarah has had a complicated relationship with the Royal Family over the years. She was snubbed from Kate Middleton and Prince William’s wedding.

However, she appeared to be welcomed back into the fold when she was invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials.

Sarah Ferguson also revealed what Prince Philip said after infamous that Prince Andrew cash scandal.

Back in 2011 the Duchess appeared on famous US TV programme Dr. Phil.

She spoke about an event in 2010 when she was targeted in a sting operation by journalists.

The royal offered access to Prince Andrew or £500,000, which she later said she did to help a friend who urgently needed £28,000.

Sarah Ferguson: Five facts about the Duchess of York

Childhood

Sarah is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Mary Wright.

Her parents divorced in 1974, with her mother going on to marry polo player Héctor Barrantes in 1975 and moving to Argentina. Sarah stayed in the UK with her father, who remarried in 1976 and went on to have three more children.

Wedding

Sarah married Prince Andrew on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London.

She wore an ivory-silk wedding gown designed by Lindka Cierarch which had a 17 foot train and 20 foot veil. As is tradition, Sarah wore a diamond tiara, and her wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold.

The couple spent their honeymoon abroad the real yacht Britannia off the coast of the Azores Islands.

Divorce

Sarah and Andrew divorced in 1996 after separating in 1992.

However the couple remain on good terms, even living together in the Royal Lodge from 2008 until Sarah moved to a ski chalet in Switzerland they bought together in 2015.

Career

Sarah has written children’s books for many years, her first being a series about Budgie The Helicopter in the early 90s.

She has also been the US spokeswoman for WeightWatchers after famously battling her weight over the years.

On top of commercial endeavours, the Duchess devotes plenty of time to charity, including Children in Crisis, which she founded in 1993.

Social media

Fergie, as she is known to friends, uses both Twitter and Instagram.

She has over 200,000 followers across the platforms, and shares many insights in to her life.

Most of the Royal Family are not on social media, but are represented by Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, or Clarence House.

Sarah’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are the exception, with both joining their mother on social media.

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