Sarah Ferguson defends Prince Andrew amid Jeffrey Epstein scandal: ‘I am with him’

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is standing by ex-husband Prince Andrew amid his ongoing scandal over his involvement with the late Jeffrey Epstein. 

In an Instagram post shared Friday ahead of his controversial BBC interview Saturday, Ferguson defended her ex-husband, calling him a “real gentleman” and “principled man,” announcing she is “with him every step of the way.”

Her comments were posted around the time when clips of the controversial interview dropped.

USA TODAY has reached out to Buckingham Palace for additional comment from Ferguson and Prince Andrew. 

“It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs,” she captioned a series of photos of the duke. “Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness and goodness of always seeing the best in people. I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth.” 

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It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty and pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs. Andrew is a true and real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness and goodness of always seeing the best in people. I am deeply supportive and proud of this giant of a principled man, that dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth. For so many years he has gone about his duties for Great Britain and The Monarch. It is time for Andrew to stand firm now, and that he has, and I am with him every step of the way and that is my honour. We have always walked tall and strong, he for me and me for him. We are the best examples of joint parenting, with both our girls and I go back to my three C’s .. Communicate Compromise Compassion @hrhthedukeofyork

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Prince Andrew sat down with the BBC in Buckingham Palace for a taped interview that aired Saturday, in which he emphatically denied once again that he slept with one of Epstein’s alleged “sex slaves” when she was 17.  

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” Andrew told BBC reporter Emily Maitlis. He also admitted that it was a mistake to stay friends with Epstein even after he had been convicted of sex crimes in Florida in 2008.

Shocking headlines – and pictures – popped up in January 2015 when an American woman living in Australia, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 35, alleged in court documents that she was groomed by Epstein and his associates to sexually service Epstein’s powerful friends when she was a young Florida teen.

Prince Andrew sat down with the BBC in an attempt to contain damage from his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein and accusations of sexual misconduct. (Photo: John Stillwell, AFP/Getty Images)

She asserted she was compelled to have sex with Andrew three times, in New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands and in London, starting when she was 17. At the time, Buckingham Palace issued multiple emphatic statements denying Andrew had any relationship or sexual contact with Giuffre.

Andrew himself also issued a statement of denial before a speech he made at Davos that year. Later in 2015, a federal judge in Florida called Giuffre’s claims “immaterial” and irrelevant to the case at issue and threw them out.

Four years later, Epstein was arrested this summer and charged with new sex crimes, and again Giuffre’s allegations against him surged back into headlines, and again the palace issued statements rejecting her claims. 

In August, Epstein was found dead, a suicide, in his federal jail cell in Manhattan while awaiting trial on the new charges. Furious that he had escaped a trial, some of his many accusers, including Giuffre, began going public to tell their stories.

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Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson married in 1986 and divorced in 1996, though they’ve remained friendly. The duke and duchess share two daughters: Princess Beatrice, 31, (who’s gearing up to walk down the aisle with fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi) and Princess Eugenie, 29. 

“For so many years he has gone about his duties for Great Britain and The Monarch. It is time for Andrew to stand firm now, and that he has, and I am with him every step of the way and that is my honour,” Ferguson concluded. “We have always walked tall and strong, he for me and me for him. We are the best examples of joint parenting, with both our girls and I go back to my three C’s .. Communicate, Compromise, Compassion”

No one from the royal family has publicly addressed the BBC interview since its full airing.

Princess Eugenie, like her mother, shared an Instagram post Friday but made no reference or comment to her parents, instead sharing a fun throwback photo of herself as a child, making a goofy face while riding a horse.

“I guess someone wasn’t too happy that day to be riding…Maybe it was my 90s oversized grown-up coat! #tbt” she captioned the post. 

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I guess someone wasn’t too happy that day to be riding…Maybe it was my 90s oversized grown-up coat! #tbt

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Contributing: Maria Puente, USA TODAY 

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