Britain’s Duchess of York has apologised after being caught on camera apparently offering access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for more than half a million euros.
Sarah Ferguson, who has flown to Los Angeles for a charity engagement, said her financial situation was “under stress” and she was sorry for what she called her “serious lapse in judgement”.
In a video secretly recorded by the tabloid paper the News of the World, the duchess appears to ask for the money from an undercover reporter, posing as a businessman. In return she offers to set up a meeting with the prince, who acts as the UK’s trade envoy.
She also makes it clear that the Queen’s second son knows nothing of the deal and in her words, “never accepts a penny for anything”.
“What she has done is seriously jeopardised the integrity of the role of UK ambassador that Prince Andrew has,” said the News of the World’s Royal Editor Robert Jobson. “I think that is a misjudgement of her part and has seriously embarrassed her ex-husband, the Monarchy, and the integrity of British trade.”
Sarah Ferguson’s finances have often made headlines. Last year court action was taken over unpaid bills.
Prince Andrew has categorically denied knowing about his ex-wife’s meeting with the newspaper. Buckingham Palace said he had always acted as trade envoy with complete integrity.