Five years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana cut the knot, the world watched another royal wedding when the younger brother of the future king, Prince Andrew, married Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson. Just like the prince and princess of Wales, the wedding of the duke and duchess of York was also littered with scandals and infidelity.
Despite the divorce in 1996, Andrew and Fergie today have good conditions and even live under the same roof. And, since the duchess has recently been spotted at various royal events, there is renewed public interest in her and her marriage to the prince. People have wondered how often Ferguson is married and whether she and Andrew can one day really get married.
There is more to this and the most important thing is that Fergie loses if she ever gets married to someone else.
How many times has Ferguson been married?
Ferguson’s marriage to Prince Andrew was the only time she was ever married. Before she and the queen made the decision, Fergie reportedly had a serious relationship with a man named Paddy McNally. Some have suggested that she might have been “married” to Andrew after McNally, who was a widower and 27 years older than her, said he didn’t want to marry again.
“She probably married Andrew in a rebound when Paddy McNally made it clear that he wouldn’t marry her,” said royal writer Judy Wade in the documentary Fergie: Downfall of the Duchess.
Although they didn’t work, Ferguson and McNally kept in touch in recent years and remain friends to this day.
What she’ll lose if she marries someone else?
Many members of the royal family believe (or at least hope) that Fergie and Andrew will one day remarry because they have been the subject of reconciliation rumors for some time. The couple have been talking a lot about each other since the end of their marriage and now seems to be in a situation that works best for them.
In fact, the Duchess has stated that she believes they are the “happiest divorced couple in the world”. And Fergie is probably not in a hurry to walk down the aisle with anyone else in the future, because if she does, she will lose her royal title.
After her divorce from the Duke of York was completed, Ferguson continued to use the Her Royal Highness style with her name. Within a few months, a letter patent that arranged the royal titles after divorce was issued and stated that Fergie could no longer use HRH because she was no longer married to Andrew. However, she was able to retain her title as Duchess and is now officially known as Sarah, Duchess of York. But if Ferguson ever married someone else, that royal title would also be removed from her name.