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Princess Beatrice's Hat Fetches $130,000 | Royal Wedding, Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice's Hat Fetches $130,000

Originally posted 05/23/2011 07:15AM

The hat that got a million tongues wagging – the pretzel-shaped fascinator atop Princess Beatrice's head on Royal Wedding Day – has been sold to an anonymous bidder.

The price? $130,000, and it's all going to charity.

The 22-year-old daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York, had placed the Philip Treacy creation on eBay, to benefit two charities close to her heart: UNICEF and Children in Crisis, which was established by her mother.

Expressing her delight when the sale ended late Sunday, Beatrice said of the hat: "It has its own personality, and I am so happy that we have raised the most incredible amount of money and can make an even bigger change for the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world."
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Duchess Fergie: I Have Many Regrets

Duchess Fergie: I Have Many Regrets

Originally posted 05/21/2011 05:00PM

The last year has not been without challenges for Sarah Ferguson – but she says she's not dwelling on the past.

"I'm looking to the future," Ferguson told PEOPLE at amFAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS gala Thursday night at the Eden Roc Hotel on Cap d'Antibes. "I don't focus on the past because there's nothing I can do to change things. I have so much to be grateful for, especially my daughters."

The amFAR gala represented what may be the start of a comeback for the Duchess of York, 51, who also has a memoir coming out June 28 called Finding Sarah: A Duchess's Journey to Find Herself and a TV show on OWN called Finding Sarah.

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Duchess Fergie: Wedding Rejection Was Hurtful

UpdatePosted 05/10/2011 10:00PM

Duchess Fergie: Wedding Rejection Was Hurtful

Originally posted 05/10/2011 01:40PM

When you make headlines for not being invited to the Royal Wedding – especially when your children and ex-husband are – someone is bound to ask what you did instead.

Which is precisely what Oprah Winfrey inquired of Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The talk-show host's precise words: "Were you invited or were you not?"

"I was not invited, and I chose to go and be in Thailand in a place called Camelia and ... the jungle embraced me," Fergie, 51, responds, in an interview taped Friday and set to air on Wednesday's The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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Duchess Fergie Apologizes for Accepting Money from a Pedophile | Sarah Ferguson

Duchess Fergie Apologizes for Accepting Money from a Pedophile

Originally posted 03/08/2011 10:45AM

She already didn't make the guest list of April 29's big wedding – though her ex-husband and their two children did – and now Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is once again said to be in hot water with the Royal Family.

Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, was linked to convicted U.S. sex offender and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, from whom she received a loan of about $24,500, say news reports.

But the duchess, 51, says she knew nothing about Epstein's criminal history and – once again – she's sorry.

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Duchess Fergie Is Not Invited to the Royal Wedding | Kate Middleton, Prince William

Duchess Fergie Is Not Invited to the Royal Wedding

Originally posted 02/19/2011 11:30AM

As 1,900 invitations to Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding make their way to invited guests across the U.K. and the world, one famous former member of the royal family won't be getting one.

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is to be absent from the April 29 nuptials, PEOPLE has confirmed.


Fergie, 51, will be overseas, her representative says, though she was not anticipating being invited in any case. "She will not be attending. She never expected to be invited," the spokesman says.

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Five Things to Know About Princess Beatrice

Five Things to Know About Princess Beatrice

Originally posted 01/17/2011 07:30AM

We may not know the royal wedding guest list just yet, but here's one family member whose name is surely in the "definite" category.

Princess Beatrice, 22, is Prince William's first cousin (her father, Prince Andrew, is Prince Charles's brother), and she is fifth in line to the throne in the royal pecking order. Her immediate family is well-known, too: Beatrice's mother is Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and her younger sister, Eugenie, is another young princess to watch.

What else is there to learn about this royal redhead?

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Five Things to Know About Will & Kate's Wedding Officiant | Kate Middleton, Prince William

Five Things to Know About Will & Kate's Wedding Officiant

Originally posted 12/15/2010 11:10AM

Sure, the eyes of the world will be trained on a certain prince and his fiancée in Westminster Abbey on April 29.

But they won't be the only ones to see in the wedding ceremony of the century. Meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who will officiate on the big day.

1. He's a poet
The spiritual head of the Anglican Church of England, Williams, 60, was born and raised in Swansea, Wales and, like the Welsh hero Dylan Thomas, he enjoys writing poetry. He's published two books of poems and shares Prince William and Kate Middleton's love for Wales.

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Duchess Fergie: I Was 'Out of Control' with Financial Desperation | Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Ferguson

Duchess Fergie: I Was 'Out of Control' with Financial Desperation

Originally posted 06/01/2010 01:10PM

Sarah Ferguson first got embroiled in a cash-for-access scandal because she was trying to help a friend in need of cash, the Duchess of York now says – but her own financial desperation got her in even deeper.

"A friend of mine needed $38,000 urgently," Ferguson said Tuesday on The Oprah Winfrey Show, though she didn’t identify the pal in need. Ferguson then decided at the last minute to ask for even more money for herself – about $725,000 – and though she didn’t have specific plans for the money, she said of her debt, "I was so out of control with desperation where I’d reached a point of no return."

Ferguson, 50, was caught on video accepting money in exchange for promising access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. The man posing as a businessman willing to pay for the privilege was an undercover reporter for the News of the World.

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Sarah Ferguson: I Was Drinking at Time of Video Sting | Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson: I Was Drinking at Time of Video Sting

Originally posted 05/31/2010 01:50PM

Sarah Ferguson says she's yet to see the sting video of herself accepting $40,000 in exchange for access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew. But she knows where her mind was when it happened.

"I haven't faced the devil in the face because I was in the gutter at that moment," she tells Oprah Winfrey. "So I'm aware of the fact that I've been drinking, you know, that I was not in my right place."

The 50-year-old Duchess of York has previously said she was "devastated" by the scandal. On the tape, she tells an undercover reporter, "I can open any door you want" to Andrew, a British trade representative.

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Duchess Fergie to Explain Herself on Oprah | Sarah Ferguson

UpdatePosted 05/27/2010 09:40AM

Duchess Fergie to Explain Herself on Oprah

Originally posted 05/27/2010 07:45AM

Sarah Ferguson's road to renewing her reputation will take a major leap on Tuesday, when she appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show and talks about her recent scandal, reps for the program have told PEOPLE.

The interview is due to be taped Friday.

As it is, Ferguson is already displaying a stiff upper lip, and even a sense of humor, only days after being exposed trying to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.

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