Speaking to booksellers and librarians Wednesday at a New York trade show where she was promoting her children’s books, the Duchess of York referred obliquely to the influence-peddling scandal that has sparked a firestorm of bad press.
“It was quite difficult for me to get to Javits Center this morning,” Sarah Ferguson said at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. “One or two people in the way. But then you might have read that.”
A British tabloid reported Sunday that the ex-royal was caught on video offering an undercover reporter access to her former hsuband, Prince Andrew, for $724,000.
Ferguson did not address the scandal directly during a panel with other children’s authors at BookExpo America, but she made several roundabout references to it.
“As you all know, I really don’t like grown-ups,” she said. “I do prefer children.”
Ferguson said a new book by one of her fellow authors gives us “reason to believe that problems can be solved.”
“I think I’ll read it immediately,” she quipped.
Summing up the panel of children’s book writers, she added: “We’ve learned from each one of you passion, we’ve learned forgiveness, and we’ve learned that real life is too extreme for fiction. I second that big time.”
Britain’s News of the World reported the influence-peddling story with a front-page headline that blared: “Fergie `sells’ Andy for 500K.”