The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, has opened up about the controversies surrounding her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, and the effects on her and her family.
Speaking to Vogue, Sarah Ferguson admitted that it had been incredibly difficult to deal with, before going on to explain further.
Sarah Ferguson arrives at Claridge's for the Hello! Mother & Daughter Afternoon Tea event to mark the International Day of the Girl in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
Prince Andrew has been in the news lately following an Interview with the BBC, where he spoke about his friendship with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide.
Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's sex trafficking victims, also accused the Duke of York, claiming that she was forced to sleep with the Prince three times, and Prince Andrew has continued to deny the claims.
rah Ferguson walks the runway at the Fashion For Relief charity fashion show to kick off London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015/16 at Somerset House on February 19, 2015 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
The fallout from the scandal saw some companies who were in partnership with Prince Andrew cut ties with him. The Prince also stepped back from official Royal duties.
Princess Beatrice canceled her engagement party four weeks after her father stepped down from royal duties
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Prince Andrew, Duke of York attend day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2019 in Ascot, England | Photo: Getty Images
The ripples of the controversy surrounding the Prince continue to be felt in his immediate family, with his daughters, Eugenie and Beatrice, reportedly said to be upset about the drama.
A source revealed to US Weekly that the girls are upset and believe that their father made a huge mistake in judgment over his association with Jeffrey Epstein.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York stands between his daughters, Princess Beatrice (l) and Princess Eugenie, wearing teeth braces, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 17, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images
The source further added that the Eugenie and Beatrice are sticking together, and lending support to their father, though they understand the consequences of the scandal on the performance of his duties going forward.
It was also reported that Princess Beatrice canceled her engagement party four weeks after her father stepped down from royal duties.
The engagement party was slated to hold on December 18, at the Chiltern Firehouse in London, but Beatrice had to cancel for fear of paparazzi surrounding her father and shifting the focus to him.
Beatrice Ferguson, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Eugenie Ferguson attend Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at BGC Partners, INC on September 11, 2015 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Instead of the engagement party, Beatrice and her fiancé, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, will hold a small gathering at their friend's apartment.
There is no saying the extent to which the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew would reach, but one definite thing is that his family is solidly behind him in all of it.