Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, made headlines this week, after she enjoyed a family weekend in Bahrain with her ex-husband Prince Andrew. The royal has since denied that the former couple could be back together. A spokesperson for Sarah, who is known as Fergie by some, said: “The Duke and Duchess of York continue to be good friends and nothing has changed in their relationship.” The pair, who split in 1992 following six years of marriage, were granted a divorce in 1996.
At the weekend, the royals were joined by their eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice, 30, and her boyfriend Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 34.
According to reports, Prince Andrew’s visit was paid for by the Palace, as he was meeting entrepreneurs in Bahrain as part of his [email protected] initiative.
Meanwhile, it’s understood that Sarah Ferguson paid for her own flights to the country.
As well as spending much of her time focusing on charity and humanitarian work, Sarah is an author and TV personality.
This has seen her amass a huge amount of money, so it’s unlikely that covering the costs of her Travel to Bahrain will have been a problem.
So, just how rich is Sarah Ferguson?
Sarah Ferguson net worth
In addition to her current career as a public figure, Sarah’s net worth also includes the multi-million pound divorce settlement from her split with Prince Andrew.
Senior sources told The Sunday Telegraph that the settlement included £500,000 provided by the Queen for a new house.
Queen Elizabeth II provided £1.4 million in a trust fund for the former couple’s two children, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, 29.
This was in addition to £350,000 in cash, again provided by the monarch.
According to reports, the agreement also included Prince Andrew paying his daughters’ private school and university fees, as well as a modest monthly allowance which was thought to have been based on the Duke of York’s salary as a Royal Navy officer.
Sarah also earned £2.2 million from her autobiography, The Telegraph added.
How does Sarah’s net worth compare to that of her former mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth?
As the head of the monarchy, her incredible wealth will most likely not come as a surprise.
According to an estimate from 2016 by Forbes Magazine, the royal’s net worth stands at around $530 million (around £405.6 million).
Fast forward two years, and the website Money.com reports that Wealth-X estimated her net worth to be $520 million (£397.6 million).
Sarah Ferguson: Five facts about the Duchess of York
Sarah is the second daughter of Major Ronald Ferguson and Susan Mary Wright.
Her parents divorced in 1974, with her mother going on to marry polo player Héctor Barrantes in 1975 and moving to Argentina. Sarah stayed in the UK with her father, who remarried in 1976 and went on to have three more children.
Sarah married Prince Andrew on 23 July 1986 at Westminster Abbey in London.
She wore an ivory-silk wedding gown designed by Lindka Cierarch which had a 17 foot train and 20 foot veil. As is tradition, Sarah wore a diamond tiara, and her wedding band was crafted from Welsh gold.
The couple spent their honeymoon abroad the real yacht Britannia off the coast of the Azores Islands.
Sarah and Andrew divorced in 1996 after separating in 1992.
However the couple remain on good terms, even living together in the Royal Lodge from 2008 until Sarah moved to a ski chalet in Switzerland they bought together in 2015.
Sarah has written children’s books for many years, her first being a series about Budgie The Helicopter in the early 90s.
She has also been the US spokeswoman for WeightWatchers after famously battling her weight over the years.
On top of commercial endeavours, the Duchess devotes plenty of time to charity, including Children in Crisis, which she founded in 1993.
Fergie, as she is known to friends, uses both Twitter and Instagram.
She has over 200,000 followers across the platforms, and shares many insights in to her life.
Most of the Royal Family are not on social media, but are represented by Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace, or Clarence House.
Sarah’s daughters, Beatrice and Eugenie, are the exception, with both joining their mother on social media.