Fergie sells 'access' to Prince Andrew
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|Mon, 05-24-2010 - 2:55pm|
Here's the video of the "dirty deed".
Her Weight Watcher's income must have dryed-up.
Prince Andrew Didn't Know Sarah Was Trying To Sell Access, Palace Says
Here's a "second-day" headline that may not come as too much of a surprise:
"Duke Of York 'Unaware' Of Ex-Wife Meeting With Reporter." (BBC News)
In case you were so wrapped up in Lost's last episode yesterday that you somehow missed the news, the Duchess of York (better known to Americans as Sarah Ferguson, former wife of Britain's Prince Andrew), was secretly filmed, by a reporter for News of the World, "plotting to sell access to her trade envoy ex-hubby and taking a $40,000 cash deposit." At one point in the videos, which you can watch at that News of the World link, about $40,000 in cash is literally on the table in front of the duchess.
And she was caught talking about accepting even more money -- a lot more, in fact -- in exchange for arranging access to Andrew. "Five hundred thousand pounds, when you can, to me ... open doors," Fergie says.
Now, as the BBC reports, Buckingham Palace is moving quickly to make clear that Andrew's position is that he knew nothing about all this. Said a spokesman:
"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. Since 2001 he has carried out his role of Special Representative with complete and absolute propriety and integrity."
For her part, Fergie has expressed deep regret for her actions and also said that Andrew wasn't involved, as the Times of London writes.
"It is true that my financial situation is under stress," the duchess said in a statement. "However, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment and I am very sorry that this has happened. I can confirm that the Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred."
Edited 5/25/2010 9:10 am ET by libraone