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Cash-for-access scandal: Duchess of York `asked to come clean`

Barely three days after she was filmed offering to sell access to UK`s trade envoy and her ex- husband Prince Andrew for 500,000 pounds, the Duchess of York has been urged to come clean or face a parliamentary inquiry.



London: Barely three days after she was filmed offering to sell access to UK`s trade envoy and her ex- husband Prince Andrew for 500,000 pounds, the Duchess of York
has been urged to come clean or face a parliamentary inquiry.

50-year-old Sarah Ferguson has been asked to reveal details of all introductions she made to the Duke of York and details of any payments she may have received as a result of
her connection to Prince Andrew, the second son of the Queen, or face a parliamentary probe, `The Times` reported.

Quoting royal sources, the newspaper said the Duchess had introduced a number of business contacts to Prince Andrew, whose work as a government envoy is focused on the Middle East and Asia.
Now, John Mann, a former member of Commons Treasury Select Committee, has called on the Duchess, saying, "If she`s acting as a consultant she needs to bring it into the open so people can make a judgement.

"The way to avoid a parliamentary inquiry is to come clean. People have a right to know when a public figure is involved. If she is acting as some kind of lobbyist it is
foolhardy for her not to declare her earnings to someone who has a semi-governmental role."
However, a spokeswoman for the Duchess has said, "As far as she can recall she has never effected any introductions to the Duke in his capacity as the UK`s special representative nor any other business introductions. She categorically denies profiting from effecting any introduction."

PTI

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