Sarah Ferguson: from the fake sheik to Oprah
Who knows the Duchess and who should she have known?
Parties with Naomi Campbell and Emily Blunt (pictured) or unfortunate dates with the fake sheik? Who Knows Who finds out who knows Fergie.
The Duchess of York is to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the US following the News of the World sting in which she was filmed apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew for half a million pounds.
She will make a public apology as she attempts to rebuild her public reputation. So who knows the Duchess?
The 50-year-old's career, which began at secretarial college, has spanned publishing, charity work, writing, film production, TV work and, ironically, public relations.
Her early twenties were spent hopping between ski lodges, parties and a flat in Clapham. Back then, racing car driver Paddy McNally (a business friend of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone) was one of her boyfriends.
Her freewheeling lifestyle came to an abrupt end when she married Prince Andrew in 1986, taking her place at the royal table. The newly-nicknamed Fergie was rarely out of the tabloids. The Queen's former private secretary Lord Charteris called her "vulgar, vulgar, vulgar".
The Duke and Duchess had two daughters together, Princess Beatrice and Prince Eugenie, but divorced a decade later. Their separation has been held up as the perfect example of an "amicable split", with the pair remaining close. They still share Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park, although the latest chapter in the Fergie files will surely threaten this arrangement.
The Duchess was caught out by Mazher Mahmood, aka the fake sheik, who coerced her into apparently offering up access to her ex in return for cash. Andrew, who works as a trade envoy for Britain, has "categorically" denied knowing about the meeting.
Former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway said he "smelt a rat" when the fake sheik approached him in 2006. Galloway subsequently sent a photo of the mysterious undercover journalist to every MP in the UK and to members of the royal family - including Sarah Ferguson.
Despite her success as a children's author (most famously Budgie The Little Helicopter) and stints as a film producer (she co-produced The Young Victoria in 2009 starring Emily Blunt), the Duchess's financial problems are no secret. Her "wellbeing" company Hartmoor folded with debts of £650,000 in October 2009.
So who can she call on now for moral support (apart from Oprah, of course)?
American showbiz columnist Rob Shuter has become unofficial spokesman for the Duchess. He has appeared across the international media in the last week to defend his friend. He told CBS: "She knows she's made a mistake. She's very, very sorry for it, and the best way to fix this is to step forward, admit it, and carry on with her life."
It seems most of Fergie's allies are in the US and rumours are rife she is considering a permanent move away from Britain, and the press.
She was seen partying with them at Naomi Campbell's 40th birthday bash just hours before the "cash for access" story hit the headlines.
The Duchess of York appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Tues 1 June.
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Who are we talking about?
The "fake sheik"
Undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood works on celebrity stings for the News of the World.Connections: 3 (See map)
Duchess of York
Prince Andrew's ex wife (1986-1996) is a charity patron, TV personality and writer.Connections: 16 (See map)
Duke of York
Prince Andrew is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.Connections: 12 (See map)
US TV chat show host
US TV host Oprah Winfrey was credited with giving Barack Obama's presidential campaign a major boost in 2008.Connections: 3 (See map)
US celebrity journalist
Former executive editor of OK! Magazine, Shuter currently works for entertainment website PopEater.com.Connections: 1 (See map)
Former racing car driver
The former racing car driver has worked with Bernie Ecclestone and used to date Sarah Ferguson.Connections: 1 (See map)