'Andrew is a true gentleman': Sarah Ferguson praises her ex-husband the Duke of York as 'steadfast to his duty' ahead of the prince's 'no holds barred' interview about his links with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

  • Sarah Ferguson has defended ex-husband Prince Andrew as a 'true gentleman' 
  • She said the Duke of York was 'steadfast to his duty' as well as 'kind' and 'good'
  • Andrew spoke to BBC's Emily Maitlis yesterday about his ties with Jeffrey Epstein
  • 'Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal' will air at 9pm on BBC2 on Saturday 

Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson has tonight defended the embattled royal as a 'true' and 'real gentleman' ahead of a 'no holds barred' interview. 

The Duchess of York came out in support of her husband, praising him as a 'giant of a principled man' who 'dares to put his shoulder to the wind and stands firm with his sense of honour and truth'.

Andrew spoke with Emily Maitlis for the programme 'Prince Andrew & the Epstein Scandal', which is to air on BBC2 at 9pm on Saturday, where the duke addresses his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein - and claims he had sex with Virginia Roberts.  

Sarah Ferguson, 60, posted out a series of pictures of the duke just after 8pm today, defending him ahead of the bombshell interview. 

'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 said.

Sarah Ferguson tweeted out a series of pictures of the duke, defending him ahead of the bombshell interview

Sarah Ferguson tweeted out a series of pictures of the duke, defending him ahead of the bombshell interview

The Duke of York has been interviewed by Newsnight's Emily Maitlis at Buckingham Palace and will be broadcast on BBC 2 at 9pm on Saturday

'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. 

Sarah Ferguson, pictured in Venice today, defended Andrew as a 'true gentleman'

Sarah Ferguson, pictured in Venice today, defended Andrew as a 'true gentleman'

'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.'        

Last month the Duchess of York spoke out on her ex-husband's ties to the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for the first time, insisting she will support Prince Andrew amid the engulfing scandal surrounding the royal's friendship with the convicted paedophile. 

The duchess, who has remained close to Andrew since their split in 1996 and is the mother of his two daughters, talked up the importance of 'familyhood' when asked if she was standing by the prince.

She today joined model and race car driver Jodie Kidd in flooded areas of Venice - submerged by floods for the second time in a week as storms and winds brought fresh misery to a city facing £1 billion euros' worth of damage.

Prince Andrew has maintained that he never 'witnessed or suspected any improper behaviour by Epstein' and strenuously denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

Fergie herself has a history with Epstein, having accepted £15,000 from the American businessman to help pay off a personal debt.

Epstein was arrested on July 6 by FBI agents after he landed at Teterboro airport in New Jersey following a flight from Paris Le Bourget airport in his private jet.

U.S. prosecutors had alleged that Epstein 'sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls' from 2002 to 2005 at his properties in New York and Florida. 

Virginia Roberts photographed with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001. Maxwell has been accused of being Epstein's pimp

Virginia Roberts photographed with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in early 2001. Maxwell has been accused of being Epstein's pimp

Last month the Duchess of York spoke out on her ex-husband's ties to the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for the first time, insisting she will support Prince Andrew amid the engulfing scandal (Andrew and Sarah Ferguson pictured in 2010)

Last month the Duchess of York spoke out on her ex-husband's ties to the disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for the first time, insisting she will support Prince Andrew amid the engulfing scandal (Andrew and Sarah Ferguson pictured in 2010)

Epstein – who faced 45 years in prison – had entered a 'not guilty' plea when he appeared before judges on July 8.

He killed himself in the Manhattan jail on August 10 while faces sex trafficking charges.

Earlier this year the Duke admitted it was a 'mistake' to meet Epstein in New York in 2011 after the billionaire's release from prison for child sex offences. 

The full interview will be shown on BBC Two at 9pm on Saturday in a Newsnight special: Prince Andrew & The Epstein Scandal.  

Sarah Ferguson calls Prince Andrew a 'true gentleman'

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