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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Divorce Finalized For Fergie, Andrew

LONDON -- Prince Andrew's turbulent 10-year marriage to the Duchess of York ended in a London divorce court Thursday, dealing the latest blow to a monarchy tainted by scandal and rocked by marital breakups.


Queen Elizabeth's second son parted from his flame-haired wife by mutual consent as they had been separated for two years. The speedy court settlement under Britain's "quickie divorce" system was a mere formality.


There was no court hearing, just a joint statement from their lawyers to dissolve the marriage that was celebrated amid great pomp and ceremony at Westminster Abbey in 1986.


The House of Windsor's popularity has plummeted over the antics of the young royals. Tabloids cover the saga like a soap opera about Britain's most famous dysfunctional family.


The former Sarah Ferguson, known to millions as Fergie, has pledged to turn "a fresh clean page" after blotting her royal copybook with a free-spending lifestyle said to have left her heavily in debt.


The duchess, whose fairy-tale wedding was hailed by thousands of Britons, now faces life outside the charmed royal circle.


She plans to work hard for charity and devote herself to her children. As a single, working mother, she has pledged to remain "the bestest of friends" with her helicopter pilot husband.


"I think it's a fresh clean page. I think I go onwards and upwards. I don't regret, now I look forward," she told Sky News in an interview before her divorce was finalized.


Fergie, 36, is to lose the title "Her Royal Highness" and receive a $3 million divorce settlement. But most of the money will go to her daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, who remain fifth and sixth in line to the throne.


Fergie spoke out on the eve of her divorce just as newspapers were full of stories that she allegedly spent years with her brain "fogged" by weight-loss drugs.


Tabloids had vilified the free-spending ways of "The Duchess of Disgrace" and said the divorce was the best possible 70th birthday present for Queen Elizabeth.





Fergie, like her friend and confidante Princess Diana, found life in the royal "goldfish bowl" stifling.