Duchess Fergie says she was wasted & broke when she tried to take bribe

The former Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson was caught up in a bribing scandal about a week ago when a video surfaced of her soliciting a $750,000 bribe in exchange for a meeting with her ex husband, Prince Andrew. Andrew is the UK’s “Special Representative for International Trade and Investment,” which means that he makes business deals for England around the world. Fergie hasn’t hidden from the scandal and both issued an apology admitting guilt and made pre-scheduled public appearances, including an ill-timed event honoring her charity efforts.

Fergie lives with Prince Andrew in a home in London provided for her by the royal family along with her daughters, Princesses Beatrice, 21 and Eugenie, 20. It’s thought that Andrew has already forgiven Sarah and pledged that she can continue living with him as long as she would like. They’ve been called “the world’s happiest divorced couple,” and are said to be best friends.

Now the former Duchess is doing the ultimate in mea culpa interviews with a visit to Oprah. Her interview airs today, and advance details have her admitting that she has a drinking problem and that she’s broke. I’m really wondering how much Prince Andrew was involved and if he either turned a blind eye toward her schemes or was complicit in them. In her apology, Fergie denied that Andrew had any knowledge of the bribe, and said he “was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred.” However, in the tape she told her would-be benefactor that “[Prince Andrew] knows that he’s had to underwrite me up to now because I’ve got no money.”

The devil — and booze — made her do it.

When Sarah Ferguson asked an undercover reporter for more than $700,000 in exchange for access to ex Prince Andrew — the chat was caught on tape — she was in dire straits indeed.

But has she seen the incriminating tape?

“I haven’t faced the devil in the face, because I was in the gutter at the moment,” the Duchess of York, 50, admits on the Oprah Winfrey Show in an episode airing Tuesday.

“I”m aware of the fact that I’ve been drinking, you know, that I was not in the right place.”

Insiders close to the British “Fergie” tell Us Weekly that they weren’t surprised by her bold, reckless act. “She’s totally broke,” one source insists. “Her desperation led to the lack of judgment.”

The source adds that the mother of Beatrice, 21, and Eugenie, 20, is “a shopaholic, obsessed with designers like Chanel and Hermes…she didn’t know how to stop living like a royal.”

Her next step? “She wants to start fresh in America.”

Fergie has even expressed interest in participating in the next Dancing with the Stars.

[From US Weekly]

We have just as much booze and shopping in America, maybe more so (because the stores and bars are open later!) than in England, so Fergie is going to have to face her demons no matter where she ends up. In the US she wouldn’t be hounded as much by the press, though, because we have more minor celebrities to occupy us.

Last week, Bill Zwecker in the Chicago Sun Times claimed that a “very rich” British man offered Fergie “a posh Upper East Side apartment rent-free for a year.” Zwecker also mentioned that Fergie said in a 2006 interview that she would love to do Dancing With The Stars. Maybe this scandal will help her get sober and back on her feet. She could have increased her celebrity factor enough to warrant a DWTS invitation. If celebrity mistresses can earn opportunities and notoriety, then Fergie can get some mileage out of a thwarted attempt to accept a payoff.

Sarah Ferguson is shown at a book signing in NY on 5/26/10 and out in NY on 5/25/10. Credit: Barcroft Media/Fame Pictures

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  1. tiki says:

    i always liked fergie. but–yikes–she needs to get a handle on herself and exercise some self-discipline. this stuff isn’t cute anymore.

  2. Laura says:

    She didn’t look wasted to me in the video! Bizarre situation.

  3. Marjalane says:

    Uhhhhh, no. We have enough low life losers already in America! We don’t need no last week’s U.K. Princess shopaholics, jumping the pond trying to steal REAl American trash thunder. No way does she get to jump Lindsey Lohan and the other two Kardashian skanks in line for the next hot DWTS spot.

    And no, she didn’t look wasted to me either- just criminal and desperate.

  4. RReedy says:

    Maybe she will go to rehab and get a reality series. She is a mess. But she did open a window so we can see what influence peddling looks like. Our politicians do it all the time. It isn’t very pretty, is it??

  5. Hautie says:

    Again she is broke.

    Wasn’t this the same story back around 10-12 years ago. She moved to NYC, started being the spokes person for Weight Watchers and other misc products to get out of debt. Which she claimed openly she was able to do.

    So a decade later she is broke again. So she learned nothing from the past.

    Sarah has always seemed nice enough and willing to work. How can she keep on blowing through her cash? I would image she is given lots of great freebies (clothes/shoes/accessories) since she stays in the public life and is a known name.

    I suspect the ex husband was probably still underwriting alot of her spending, while she made her own money.

    So no I don’t think she is really interested in staying out of debt.

  6. Lita says:

    CB, I think you meant half a mil pounds, or three quarters of a mil yank. Or in the universal currency – more than a million in New Zealand dollars! I don’t know the zenni conversion rate .. Or Second Life currency .. But I bet that’s mega!

  7. CB Rawks says:

    So apparently she screwed up her various business ventures, and went broke? Boohoo, that happens to loads of people and they just get a regular job.

  8. crash2GO2 says:

    In case no one’s noticed, ‘regular’ jobs are pretty damn difficult to come by these days. I thought I’d throw that in there since I see the sentiment bandied about so often while I myself, able bodied and willing, have been scrambling for the past 4 years to stay employed.

  9. Persistent Cat says:

    The shopping is better in London. Miles better.

    And Sarah knows to take the blame and tow the company line. When that family doesn’t like you, you kind of end up dead.

  10. Tess says:


    Ugly is as ugly does. Can’t forget that aggressively repellent popping sound she made when talking about the instant access to Andrew the dirty money would buy.

  11. lucy2 says:

    I can’t feel too sorry for her financial situation. Many of the living expenses you and I have to deal with are taken care of for her, and she’s had a lot of opportunity with her book deals and spokesperson jobs. You would think after going through all that before, she would have been more careful about her money this time.
    I hope she gets it together and gets help if she needs it. This has to be hard for her daughters to witness.

  12. Tess says:

    As Count LuDog would no doubt agree, money can’t buy you class!!!

  13. MaiGirl says:

    You know, I believe her, at least partly. She did seem drunk on that tape. She spoke slowly, and that weird pop noise she made before she said “open doors”. That is such a drunky thing to do. She is definitely responsible for her actions, but she is clearly a troubled woman in a difficult situation.

  14. Tia C says:

    So does that somehow make the bribery better that she was wasted??! Um, not to me. She is just digging herself into a sinkhole of embarrassment. Fergie, retain a microcosm of dignity and STFU!!

  15. hatsumomo says:

    crash2GO2, move to Texas. Im thinking of quitting the one I have just because Im bored.

  16. Mistral says:

    Is it possible that Andrew is gay?

  17. Debbie says:

    Easy to say sorry now.

    Stupid Bitch!
    Your are ONLY sorry because you were caught.

    And that is the only reason.


  18. snowball says:

    Oh my. I’m pretty sure someone in the royal family will give her money to keep her off of the show that Heather Mills actually was on.

    Poor Tony will get stuck with her, you know will.

    I’m heartless I guess, I can’t work up much sympathy for someone who has had as much, who has been given as much as she has, who still keeps squandering it.

    At the very least, the bitch should be forced to have a massive garage sale and make some money from all of that Chanel and Hermes.

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