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Count Alex's Losses
05-25-2010, 05:45 AM
LOL @ british royalty and all the hilarious bullshit that accompanies it. Oh Fergie, you're so hopeless! :(

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/world/europe/24britain.html

Duchess of York Stung in Influence-Peddling Video


LONDON — Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and the queen’s former daughter-in-law, has been in many mortifying positions in her many years in the public eye. But the latest one may have surpassed even the occasion in 1992 when a tabloid newspaper published photographs of her sunbathing topless while having her feet kissed by a Texas businessman (who was not her husband).

On Sunday, The News of the World, a tabloid, reported that the duchess had accepted $40,000 in cash — and a promise of about $717,000 more — from a “rich businessman” (really a reporter in disguise) in return for pledging to introduce him to Prince Andrew, her former husband and Queen Elizabeth’s second son.

“If you want to meet him in your business, look after me and he’ll look after you,” the paper quoted her as saying in reference to Andrew, the Duke of York. “I can open any door you want.”

In a statement, the duchess said: “I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused. 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.” She did not say whether she planned to return the $40,000.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said, “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.”

The News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is best known for using elaborate undercover ruses, or huge payments to sources — or both — to expose sexual scandals involving public figures like sports stars and politicians.

In 2008, it covertly filmed Max Mosley, then president of the International Automobile Federation, being spanked during a session with several prostitutes wearing prison guard costumes. (It had to pay about $86,000 to Mr. Mosley when a judge found no merit in its claim that the session had Nazi overtones.)

In 2006, the paper’s royal reporter was jailed for four months after being found guilty of hacking into the cellphone messages of people working for members of the royal family.

In the latest episode, The News of the World set up a complicated sting in which a reporter took the duchess to dinner at a London dining club, and then escorted her back to his apartment, where he placed $40,000 in $20 bills on a table in front of her.

A video accompanying the article shows the two negotiating terms. The reporter agrees to wire £500,000 into her British bank account, after which, Sarah promises, she will introduce him to Andrew, who serves as a quasi-official trade envoy for Britain.

“Then you open up all the channels, whatever you need, whatever you want,” she is shown saying, “and then you meet Andrew and that’s fine.”

The video shows Sarah picking up and carrying off a computer case that purportedly contained the $40,000. But Sarah stresses that her ex-husband, whom she divorced in 1996 and with whom she has remained friends, cannot accept money because he is “the prince of England.”

“He ever, ever, never, ever, ever — he never does accept a penny for anything,” she says. “He does not and will not — he is completely whiter than white.”

Since her divorce, the duchess has written children’s books, worked as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers and produced movies, among other things.

The News of the World quoted her as saying that she gets £15,000, or about $21,500, a year in her divorce settlement.

“I have not got a bean to my name,” she is quoted as saying. “I’m a taxpayer, a British taxpayer, and I left the royal family for freedom, and in freedom it means I am bereft. I’m hopeless.”