London: The Duchess of York, who
was filmed offering to sell access to UK`s trade envoy and her
ex-husband Prince Andrew for 500,000 pounds, has claimed that
her intention was to help a friend.
50-year-old Sarah Ferguson told a television chat
show that though she might file for bankruptcy, she took 27000
pounds as a down payment, from an undercover reporter posing as
a businessman, only to help a mystery friend in need.
The mum of two told US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey:
"I was so out of control with desperation. I`d reached the
point of no return, of helping my friend with the US dollars
40,000 (27,000 pounds)."
She then bizarrely insisted she had not disappointed
her ex-husband, saying, "At least I didn`t let Andrew down."
Asked if she had spoken to the Duke since the scandal
broke, she replied: "So many times. I wouldn`t be sitting in
the chair without his blessing," leading British tabloid `The
The Duchess went on to tell how she spiralled
into debt as she tried to keep up her image. "I`ve got a huge
uphill battle. That`s why I must look at bankruptcy. I`ve been
a huge, over-trusting, idiotic, stupid woman."