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Prince Andrew 'the greatest man there is'

The Duchess of York has defended her former husband Prince Andrew in the wake of underage sex claims, describing him as "the greatest man there is".

Asked during a ski trip if she was standing by him, Sarah Ferguson told the Daily Mail: "The York family is a tight unit. We've always been a tight unit.

Sarah Ferguson reportedly said marrying the Duke of York was 'the finest moment' of her life. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

"He is the greatest man there is. It was the finest moment of my life in 1986 when I married him. He is a great man, the best man in the world."

Ms Ferguson reportedly made the comments as she left the luxury ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland, where she had been holidaying with the Duke of York and their younger daughter, Eugenie.

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Report: Duke and Duchess of York 'rekindle romance'

Sarah Ferguson is said to have reunited with her former husband, the Duke of York, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson pictured before their divorce. Credit: The Serpentine Gallery 30th birt /EMPICS Entertainment

The couple have remained close since they divorced in 1996 and both live at Royal Lodge, the former country home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in Berkshire.

The newspaper reported that they joined Beatrice, 25, and her sister, Princess Eugenie, 23, for the weekend at Balmoral, the Queen’s Scottish retreat, earlier this month.

Duchess 'should attend court'

Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson arrives at Istanbul's Ataturk airport in June 10 1998 Credit: PA

The Duchess of York has reportedly been asked to attend court in Turkey, where she is accused of taking part in the secret filming of two orphanages.

Sarah Ferguson faces charges of going "against the law in acquiring footage and violating privacy" of five children at one of the orphanages, the country's state-run news agency said.

If convicted, she could receive a maximum sentence of 22 years and six months in prison.The trial began in her absence with a procedural hearing but has been adjourned so the plaintiffs can consider a proposed out-of-court settlement. The court said she should attend the next hearing.