Britain The Not So Merry Wife of Windsor

Amid barbs from Buckingham Palace and press criticism of Duchess Do-Little, Fergie decides to end her marriage to the Duke of York

fergie (fr ft.ge) chiefly British: a rambunctious misfit and renegade; a royal black sheep ((late 20th cent., origin obscure))

When they married, they seemed a match made in tabloid heaven: Andrew, the handsome playboy prince, and Sarah Ferguson, the red-headed minx who enjoyed slap and tickle and a good time. In contrast to the icy blondness of her sister-in-law Diana, the fun lover all of Britain came to know as Fergie was made up of earth colors and earthy views, promising a shot of red blood into thin royal veins. "She is the best thing in my life," Andrew often told...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!