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Royal heartbreak: Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson put on sale lavish Swiss chalet

Prince Andrew and Sarah, also known by friends and fans as Fergie, have put on the market their property in Switzerland, called Chalet Helora, for £18.6 million, Hello! magazine wrote. The Duke and Duchess of York bought the lavish chalet in 2014 to use it as a nest egg for their daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. The Yorks' joint decision to buy the seven-bedroom property came after Prince Andrew celebrated his 53rd birthday there. 

He is believed to have been so taken by the chalet he and Fergie decided to put a joint offer in.

Fergie already knew and loved the area as she first visited it aged 16.

The chalet includes a sauna, a bar and a 650 square feet heated indoor swimming pool.

It also comes with a 3,000 square feet of additional land and its own staff and on-site chef. 

Chalet Helora is in Verbier, an Alpine village in Switzerland's Valais Canton.

Among their neighbours in the village, the Yorks could count singer James Blunt and entrepreneur Richard Branson.

In 2016, Fergie announced she was applying to become a permanent resident in Switzerland, which meant she was spending a growing amount of time at the family's chalet.

At the time, she told Swiss newspaper Le Nouvelliste: "I have begun the process of officially becoming a resident of Valais.

"The administrative procedures are underway.

"Since that first visit, I have regularly returned for holidays to Verbier.

"My family has followed me over the years.

"We feel free and happy, we feel at home. 

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"Anyway, I call it 'my home'."

Speaking about what made her fall in love with Verbier, Fergie mentioned the local food and people.

She said: "There is a sense of welcome.

"The people of Valais take the time to listen to you, support you if necessary."

Fergie and Prince Andrew are currently self-isolating together at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.  

With them, there is their younger daughter, Princess Eugenie, and husband, Jack Brooksbank.

The Duke and Duchess of York married in 1986 and divorced 10 years later.

However, the couple remained in good terms - with Fergie revealing their love story had "a happy ending" despite their split.

She said in 2013: "He's still my handsome prince, he'll always be my handsome prince. 

"It's lovely that we are such a family and the story has a happy ending all the time."

From the Royal Lodge, Fergie has recently launched her new charitable foundation, Sarah's Trust.

Over the past few weeks, the Duchess has partnered up with brands to deliver meals, snack and hygiene items to key workers.

In a statement, the Duchess said: "I am incredibly excited to be bringing all of my charitable causes under one roof with Sarah's Trust.

"It's something I have wanted to do for a long time.

"We will focus on a whole range of causes, all across the world, but at this terrible time, it's right that our first projects should be to help to contend with the impact of coronavirus both at home and abroad.

"It has been humbling to be able to see just a little bit of the incredible work being done by our NHS and other health workers and I'm proud that, working with my daughters and new colleagues at Sarah's Trust, we've been able to make life a little easier for some of them.

"I'm also pleased that we've been able to support vulnerable children in Ghana, building on the sort of charity work I've been involved in for many years now."  

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