Duchess of York Embarrassed Over Sellout Deal

May 23, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Sarah Ferguson arrives at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards January 17. Ferguson yesterday apologized for in Beverly Hills, California. Ferguson said she regrets her lack of judgment, exposed in sting deal set up by British tabloid, The News of the World, where she agreed to sell access to her ex-husband. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sarah Ferguson arrives at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards January 17. Ferguson yesterday apologized for in Beverly Hills, California. Ferguson said she regrets her lack of judgment, exposed in sting deal set up by British tabloid, The News of the World, where she agreed to sell access to her ex-husband. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson said she regrets her lack of judgment regarding a deal where she offered to trade access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for 500,000 pounds (US$724,000).

The deal was part of a sting operation conducted by Britain’s Sunday tabloid, The News of the World. A reporter from the paper, posing as a rich businessman, video taped a slightly tipsy Ferguson agreeing to connect him with her ex, whom she said was “whiter than white” and would never accept any money.

“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. I can confirm that the Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred. I am sincerely sorry for my actions,” said the Duchess in a statement.