May 24, 2010

Duchess Sarah Ferguson apologizes over newspaper sting

Posted: 09:28 AM ET

(CNN) - Britain's Prince Andrew Monday "categorically denied" knowing anything about his ex-wife's alleged offer to sell access to him after a British tabloid newspaper released what it says is a video of her doing so.

"The Duke of York categorically denies any knowledge of any meeting or conversation between the Duchess of York and the News of the World journalist," Buckingham Palace said, using alternate titles for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

He has carried out his role as a British trade envoy since 2001 "with complete and absolute propriety and integrity," the palace said.

News of the World posted a video on its Web site Sunday that appears to show Ferguson accepting money from an undercover reporter in exchange for access to Prince Andrew.

Ferguson is also filmed on hidden camera telling the reporter - who was posing as a wealthy businessman - that a payment of £500,000 ($723,000) "opens doors" to Andrew.

She then shakes hands with the reporter after he accepts the deal.

In a statement issued Sunday, Ferguson apologized for the incident.

"I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused," the statement said. "It is true that my financial situation is under stress, however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened."


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Jan   May 24th, 2010 2:54 pm ET

The duchess has made a serious gaff but lets be blunt how on earth did she only get paid £15,000 a year at the end of the marriage,especially since the marriage home has just been sold for millions.
The Queen, William and Harry are the only ones worth the bother in the royal family.
Prince phillip looks down his nose at the duchess even after all the reports of his indiscretions over the years. Hypocrite!
Edward and Sophie do nothing at all and Camilla was foisted on the british public who do not want her at all.
She has never worked a day in her life except breaking up a marriage for her own benefit.
Yes she has made a mistake but the biggest one was marrying into the royal family.

kathleen   May 24th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

why doesn't she have any money?
why does she need money?

i am very disappointed with her.

Andrea   May 24th, 2010 6:53 pm ET

No one seriously believes that Prince Andrew knew of this scheme. The Duchess of York came off callous and she knows it. The attitude and body language in the film were real give-aways.

Let us not, however, overlook the individuals who thought this whole business up. To what lengths will people go for a bit of juicy gossip? Because the Duchess has been embarrassed once before one would think she would have long ago learned to be more discerning.

The whole incident is a shameful business.

john doe   May 24th, 2010 7:02 pm ET

You got busted!!! GIRL get a job, tried to make a fast buck!!! We all seen the video!!! GOOD LUCK!!! USA is the way!!!

Cathy   May 24th, 2010 8:04 pm ET

I agree with Jan. Why should she only receive $21,000/year while Diana received more than $30 million in a lump sum. What Sarah did was inappropriate, but perhaps it would not have happened had her divorce not ended in such a ridiculous settlement.

brian seward   May 24th, 2010 8:59 pm ET

The "Duchess of York" should be immediately stripped of her title
She has brought disgrace on the British Royal Family.
Time for her too lose all the public purse strings and go find a job.
Dishwashing comes to mind!!

Meg   May 24th, 2010 10:38 pm ET

When are people of Sarah Ferguson's notoriety going to learn they also have to follow the rules.....wasn't she having an affair while she was married to Prince Andrew...she wanted the divorce ...she got it. Oh, it sounded so nice that she ,her children,& her ex had such a harmonious relationship after the divorce...guess we know why she wanted to continue that harmonious relationship!!!

irene   May 24th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

I am thinking of the poor kids of theirs, they must be so ashamed

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   May 25th, 2010 3:52 am ET

Oh, has she put her foot in it again.

Last I heard she was getting on top of all her troubles, now she is down in the dumps again. Poor Fergie.

The Royal Family with all their riches should be able to help her out. What is going on here. She shouldn't have to resort to this surely. I would have thought after divorcing Prince Andrew, that she would be living a comfortable life. I don't understand her situation.

Does she need budget management or something or is she trying to live too much of a high life on a pauper's wages.

She always came across as an independent woman and has fallen on hard times. It could happen to anyone, but who would think it would happen to someone who was once married into the British Royal Family. I hope life looks up for her and she lands on her feet again.

It must not be easy being in her position and her two daughters are growing up into fine looking young ladies, so I hope they are of some support to her. I think Prince Andrew was always supportive to her after their divorce.

jan   May 25th, 2010 4:33 pm ET


What about prince phillip? Pot, kettle!

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