In the U.K. they do Punk’d with way higher stakes. Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was caught on tape selling access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, Duke of York (and Queen Elizabeth II’s son), for £500,000. The thing is, it was all a stunt by the British tabloid News of the World, which was filming the entire transaction. The royal couple, now divorced, are said to be friends, but those days may be over now that Duchess Fergie has been caught selling access to Andrew, an international trade envoy. “Look after me and he’ll look after you,” Fergie told the undercover reporter. “You’ll get it back tenfold. I can open any door you want.” Scandal!
News of the World writes (caps theirs):
Unknown to the Prince, Fergie PROMISED to introduce us to him, CLAIMED he’d help fix lucrative deals and DEMANDED a cut of all profits.
Along the way she also INSISTED on one per cent commission on any deals we might strike due to her royal connections, and DEMANDED we wire the main £½million backhander into her private HSBC bank account.
And though the world of princes and duchesses is a bit foreign to Americans, the implications are pretty clear. Imagine if Whitney Houston did this to Bobby Brown, but Bobby Brown’s mom was Nancy Reagan.
A comment on the News of the World site puts it like this: “Royals: lazy people, get a work!!!”
Check out the hidden camera video here, or check out this video here — same idea: