Duchess Of York play for pay plan nets her Buckingham Palace trouble


No one ever accused Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and ex-wife of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, of being a class act.  It seems the cash strapped Fergie is in a little hot water over some unpaid bills in Britain ($300,000) and A New York company she founded went belly up last year with debts of about $1 million, according to http://aolnews.com  . 

Now, the economy is bad all over; The U.S.A. , Europe, Mexico etc. but Fergie figured if she played her cards right she could net herself $723,000. Kind of like a get-out-of-debt-free-card.   Sounded like a plan.   A video is making the rounds of the internet hot spots showing Fergie meeting up with a supposed wealthy business tycoon and showing and telling him that for the aforementioned price she would see to it that “doors would be open” to access her ex-husband. 

But of course, like all British suspense/thriller/cloak and dagger movies the villain isn’t really who he said he was.  The “business tycoon” was really a “journalist” (and I use that term loosely) from the News of The World.  A definite case of “gotcha” reporting.   In the video Fergie tells the reporter/business tycoon/slime ball , that Andrew was aware of the deal but would not benefit from it financially. She quoted Andrew as commenting “If he is going to be kind enough to want to play, then Andrew will play”.  Let me back up for a minute. While I think what she did was despicable, as an ex-newspaper reporter I call a spade a spade. Setting-up someone for a news story, lying about who you really are, is about as ethical as a slime ball.

Today Buckingham Palace got involved because I’m sure they all sit around having high tea and peruse their Facebook pages along with YouTube and found out,  and as you might expect ,they called Fergie’s actions “shoddy” and “grubby”.  Which I hear is British slang for shoddy and grubby but sounds so much more so with  their accent.  It was through a Palace spokesperson of course, because if you actually live in the Palace you never actually comment yourself.   The Palace statement also stated  that 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.

Fergie said today that she was “sincerely sorry” for what she had done. She said that she had been under financial stress but that it was no excuse for such a serious lapse in judgement.  She then did a complete about-face and said that the Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred.   Maybe I’m not giving her enough credit, maybe she will be debt-free real soon.

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