Booze made me do it, Britain's Fergie says

1st June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Sarah Ferguson told US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey that she had been drinking when she told a reporter in a sting that she could "open any door you want" to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, People magazine said Monday.

In an exclusive with the billionaire Winfrey, the now purportedly cash-strapped Duchess of York, 50, said she had not seen the damning footage that has triggered the latest scandal to rattle her personal life.

"I haven't faced the devil in the face because I was in the gutter at that moment," the former British royal tells Oprah Winfrey, according to excerpts released to People magazine.

"So I'm aware of the fact that I've been drinking, you know, that I was not in my right place."

Ferguson, the redhead also famous for having being photographed having her toes sucked by an American boyfriend before her royal divorce, spoke to Winfrey in Los Angeles on Friday, for an interview due to air in the United States Tuesday.

Some US entertainment media have reported that Ferguson is interested in moving to the United States, and that she might be keen to pad her bank account with an appearance on a reality television show.

Last Sunday, Ferguson apologized for a "serious lapse in judgment" after the British tabloid News of the World published the story.

Ferguson also admitted having financial problems after she appeared to agree to be paid by a journalist posing as a businessman, in a video that was secretly filmed by the News of the World.

In return for the money, the paper said she promised to introduce the undercover reporter to the prince, who is Queen Elizabeth II's second son and Britain's special representative for international trade and investment.

As well as making the deal for half a million pounds the footage also showed Ferguson sitting in front of a pile of cash apparently handed to her as an advance payment.

After the publication of the report last week, the duchess issued an apology for her actions and said the prince had not been aware of the meetings. In the video, Ferguson had suggested the prince knew about the discussions.

© 2010 AFP

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