People, Apr. 29, 1996

THE PRINCE AND HIS LAST DUCHESS

Perhaps because royal marriages begin so grandly, their endings always seem a bit pathetic, more fizz than bang. So it was that last Wednesday, 27 reporters and a civilian were the only ones present when the names of SARAH FERGUSON, Duchess of York, and PRINCE ANDREW, Duke of York, were on the list of 29 couples granted a decree nisi (a.k.a. a "quickie divorce") in a three-minute ceremony. The prince was holed up in his navy barracks, and the duchess was smothering her sadness in the snows of Switzerland, accompanied by daughters BEATRICE, 7 and...

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