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Sarah Ferguson 'sorry' for bribe deal

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24 May 2010

Sarah Ferguson has been keeping a low profile while visiting Hollywood after a newspaper secretly filmed her trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.

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Rajesh Mirchandani

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She's not normally camera-shy but a tired-looking Sarah Ferguson avoided reporters on her arrival at Los Angeles airport. And again later when she was due to be the star of a Hollywood red-carpet event, honoured by a childrens' charity for her humanitarian work. But her efforts to help others have been overshadowed by her attempts to help herself and Ms Ferguson sneaked in to collect her award.

She has said she's sorry after a newspaper secretly filmed her offering access to Prince Andrew for half a million pounds. There's no suggestion he knew of her plan.

In the past Sarah Ferguson has been an author, TV presenter and film producer. But her media company recently collapsed with large debts. She admitted money problems but said they were no excuse for a serious lapse in judgement. This attempted deal, though not illegal, may have gone too far.

Rajesh Mirchandani, BBC News, Los Angeles

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camera-shy

someone who doesn't want photographers to take photographs of her

red-carpet event

an occasion when a long, red floor covering is put down for important guests to walk on when they visit somewhere and receive a special official welcome or a special prize

humanitarian work

projects which benefit people who are poor, sick, suffering or in need of help

overshadowed by

seen to be less important than something else

to help herself

to look after her own needs and desires (before considering the needs of others)

sneaked in

entered a building in a secretive way, in a way that would not attract attention

collapsed with large debts

failed and owed a lot of money

admitted money problems

said that she had difficulties because she didn't have enough money

a serious lapse in judgement

making a very bad decision

have gone too far

have behaved in a way that upsets or annoys people

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