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Prince Andrew: It would be illogical not to remain friends with Fergie

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson kiss on their wedding day in 1986. Credit: PA/PA Archive

The Duke of York has revealed he remains friends with his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson because he feels it would be "illogical" not to.

In a rare interview with US television channel CNBC, Prince Andrew said it was important they have a good relationship for their daughters and called her "a fantastic mother".

He told Tania Bryer, "It's just part of life's rich tapestry - if you've been married to somebody I just see it as illogical not to be a friend at the end of the day, regardless of what your set of circumstances are."

Opening up about his family, the Duke said he was proud of his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, adding, "I think they're making a pretty good fist of it."

The Duke of York with his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Prince Eugenie. Credit: Will Sadler/EMPICS Entertainment

"The number of people who come up and say that 'you've got two fantastic children', now that is down to the very lucky circumstances of having a fantastic mother, but also having that connectivity and family life I believe."

The Duke also spoke about his time in the Royal Navy and revealed that he feared for his life during the Falklands War when he was shot at as he co-piloted a Sea King helicopter during one mission.

Prince Andrew pictured in August 1982. Credit: Martin Cleaver/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It’s not particularly nice being shot at and I can attest to that and you just look at life in a subtlety different way and you try and achieve more.

I was very lucky to come back without having been shot down and it was just one of those occasions.

– Prince Andrew speaks to CNBC

Prince Andrew, who served with the Royal Navy for 22 years, said he felt "completely invincible" afterwards but added, "I've realised the error of my ways now and I think that’s more foolish."

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