Prince Andrew and Fergie Buy Winter Palace in Switzerland

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Getty ImagesShown here in 2003, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson still take family ski vacations despite their 1996 divorce.

I never could understand why Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson split. They seemed so right for each other. And when it comes to real estate, they are still very much together.

The couple, who divorced in 1996, reportedly purchased a seven-bedroom ski chalet in Verbier, Switzerland -- considered a winter playground for the wealthy, particularly old British families and new Russian oligarchs.

According to the Daily Mail, a British tabloid, Andrew and Sarah still share Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, a 30-room mansion near Windsor Castle where their daughter Eugenie, 24, also lives. Elder daughter Beatrice, 26, keeps a suite there, although she also has a flat at St. James Palace.

The Yorks' new ski chalet is where the royals hosted a 2013 family vacay that included Prince Harry and then-girlfriend Cressida Bonas, the Mail says. It is also where the Duke and Duchess of York were staying recently when a civil court filing in Florida named Andrew as one of several men alleged to have had sex with an unidentified underage girl more than a decade ago -- claims the Palace and others have repeatedly denied.

But back to the Yorks' chalet, which is reportedly worth up to $19.6 million, although it's not clear what the couple paid. It's located in an exclusive section of swanky Verbier, where such celebrities as Hugh Grant and Victoria Beckham have vacationed and singers Phil Collins and James Blunt reportedly keep homes.

The chalet, according to the Mail, features:
  • Fur-draped master bedroom.
  • Antique-filled living room.
  • Sauna.
  • Indoor pool.
  • Boot room.
The Mail quotes a source "close to the duchess" as saying: "They have bought the chalet as a family investment. Neither of them have their own property and wanted to buy the chalet as an asset to leave to their children. They holiday in Verbier several times each year as all the family are keen skiers and it makes sense to have their own place there."
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