Sarah Ferguson and ex husband Prince Andrew amicably divorced in 1996, with The Duchess of York always insisting she asked for nothing from The Queen but “friendship”.
She previously told Harpers Bazaar that she knew she would “have to work” following the divorce, and was adamant she didn’t want to look “greedy” and “demand a big settlement”.
However, according to The Sunday Telegraph the mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie did receive a payout after all.
Senior sources told the publication that the Duchess’ divorce settlement came to over £2million in total – although this also covered a trust fund for her two daughters.
This huge figure is said to have included £500,000 from The Queen for a new house, £1.4 million for Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie’s trust fund and £350,000 in cash.
The Duchess and the Duke of York are also said to have made an agreement that he would pay his daughters’ private school and university fees, and give them a monthly allowance.
Sarah Ferguson has also cashed in on her marriage through a telling autobiography, which earned her a whopping £2.2million, and several candid TV interviews.
Fergie and Prince Andrew officially announced their separation in 1992, six years after their wedding.
Five months later, the Duchess was embroiled in arguably the Royal Family’s biggest ever scandal when compromising photographs with her ‘financial advisor’, taken at her holiday villa in St Tropez, were published in the Daily Mirror.
The intimate pictures, shot with a telephoto lens as the couple lazed by the pool, show Texan millionaire John Bryan kissing and sucking the Duchess’ toes and the arch of her foot.
They also showed the couple kissing and embracing, and frolicking in the pool.
Despite the shocking snaps, Fergie and Andrew are said to remain close friends.
The pair even still occasionally live together, as she reportedly still has a room in the Royal Lodge at Windsor.
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