And Fergie has had more than a few downs in recent years.
The cash-strapped Duchess has been forced to hawk products on the shopping channel, and rumours were flying earlier this month that she’s gearing up to sue the media over the sting that caught her allegedly selling “access” to Prince Andrew.
Ferguson has since written children’s books, served as a Weight Watchers representative and done film production work.
She has continued to be the object of media scrutiny, having been taped allegedly selling access to her ex-husband.
The Duchess, who became an embarrassment to the Royal family after her separation from the Duke of York in 1992, attended Royal Ascot with her ex-husband and their two daughters in a bold public statement of the rapprochement between her and the Queen.
And while the Duchess’s appearance at Ascot does not mean the Duke and Duchess are about to announce their remarriage, it certainly makes the question rather less far-fetched than it seemed in the days when the Duchess was lurching from one undignified episode to another.But although he may not be a household word abroad, in his home patch Andrew has regularly been in the public eye since he left school seven years ago, heading what the British popular press describes as the Queenyboppers, that feisty bunch of second-generation royals who include David, Viscount Linley, the enterprising carpenter son of Princess Margaret, who has his own design shop, and the curvaceous blonde night owl Lady Helen Windsor, daughter of the Duke of Kent.Andrew’s real burst of publicity came when he started dating Koo Stark, an American-born soft-porn film actress who guided him from knee socks to knee-tremblers.When asked about them the Duchess would explain, “This is the heir and that is the spare.” Fortunately for his psychological development, Andrew is no longer the spare.Two small interlopers, Princes William and Harry, Charles and Diana’s children, now stand between him and the throne.