Sarah Ferguson praises Prince Andrew’s honesty ahead of his major TV interview with Emily Maitlis

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Sarah, Duchess of York, has praised her ex husband ahead of his interview with BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis.

Taking to Twitter, Sarah Ferguson said: “It is so rare to meet people that are able to speak from their hearts with honesty + pure real truth, that remain steadfast and strong to their beliefs.

“Andrew is a true + real gentleman and is stoically steadfast to not only his duty but also his kindness + goodness.”

Sarah’s comments come ahead of the Duke of York’s major TV interview with the BBC in which he is questioned about his relationship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The Duke of York talks to Emily Maitlis about his connections to Jeffrey Epstein in a programme called ”Prince Andrew and the Epstein Scandal: The Newsnight Interview”.

The prince’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein has once more been under scrutiny since the summer when the former financier was found dead in his prison cell awaiting trial on allegations of sex trafficking. A coroner later ruled he had taken his own life.

Soon afterwards, the Duke of York issued a statement to clarify his links to Epstein who had been convicted in 2010 of soliciting a minor for prostitution. In the statement, Prince Andrew said he said he had sympathy for those affected by Epstein’s behaviour and added ”at no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.” He added that it was a ”mistake” to meet Epstein following his release from prison for the 2010 conviction. 

The programme will air on BBC Two on Saturday, November 16th 2019 at 9pm.