LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain’s Duchess of York is to make a six-part documentary show for U.S. television about her struggle to rebuild her life after a scandal over selling access to the British royal family.
The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) — a new cable channel due to launch in January — said on Friday the documentary would be called “Finding Sarah” and would debut in the first three months of 2011.
“Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, will share with our viewers her personal struggle to rebuild her life,” Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN said in a statement.
“With the help of experts Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman, Martha Beck and others, the Duchess will open up about her recent public troubles and explore her lifelong battles with weight, relationships and finances. She will look to put the past behind her and move forward to a positive future,” Erspamer said.
Ferguson, 50, is the ex-wife of Britain’s Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II. She was caught in an embarrassing British newspaper sting in May in which she was filmed appearing to ask for, and accept, $40,000 in cash in exchange for access to Prince Andrew, who is also a British trade envoy.
The couple divorced amicably in 1996 after 10 years of marriage, and have two grown children.
Ferguson swiftly apologized and appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in June, saying that her own self-hatred, mounting debts and “gross stupidity” had led her to fall for the sting.
Ferguson said she was doing the TV documentary “because I need to heal my mind, body and spirit.”
“After 22 years of raising my two amazing daughters, it’s time for me to mother myself. My hope is that sharing my journey will help someone else.”
Ferguson has spent much of the past 10 years in the United States, becoming a weight-loss spokeswoman, writing children’s books, appearing on TV and in magazines. She founded the charity Children in Crisis in 1992.
OWN, a joint venture between influential talk show host Winfrey and Discovery Communications, launches in January 2011 and is expected to reach some 80 million homes.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney