LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain’s Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show this coming Tuesday to discuss a videotape of her apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.
In a statement on Thursday, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” said Ferguson will speak “about the recent video that has made headlines around the world.” The show airs on June 1. No further details were announced.
This week, London’s News of the World posted a video on its website in which Ferguson, who was divorced from Prince Andrew in 1996 after a decade-long marriage, seems to ask for $40,000 in cash and 500,000 pounds ($718,500) by wire transfer to introduce an undercover reporter to the prince.
The newspaper’s “sting” operation has caused a major embarrassment for the 50-year-old Ferguson, also known as “Fergie,” who has two daughters with Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth and fourth in line to the throne.
In a statement, Ferguson has said “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.”
The 50-year-old prince, also known as the Duke of York, and Ferguson have two daughters, 21-year-old Beatrice and Eugenie, 20.
“The Oprah Winfrey Show” is among the top-rated daytime television talk shows in the United States and is seen on 215 U.S. stations and in some 144 countries around the world.
Celebrities often appear on Oprah’s show to talk about their lives, and in some cases, attempt to redeem tarnished reputations after a scandal.
Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Sandra Maler