Sarah Ferguson and Oprah in June 2010
In May 2010, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, former daughter-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, made headlines around the world. An undercover tabloid reporter appeared to catch an inebriated Sarah on tape taking $40,000—and negotiating for future payments of about $750,000—in exchange for access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.

Talking to Oprah a week later in her first interview after the incident, Sarah made no excuses and was apologetic as she watched the tape of the sting for the first time. "There aren't really very many words to describe an act of such gross stupidity," she said. "I think this is the key to the whole of my life now. It's like I'm stripped bare."

After living through this lowest of moments, Sarah knew it was time for a change. On the new OWN series Finding Sarah, cameras follow Sarah's quest to go from broken to broken open. Sarah says she agreed to let the world see her journey of self-discovery because she trusted Oprah. "I remember so clearly you saying to me, 'Sarah, I want you to know if you come with good intentions, your intentions will show. And I will know if you are not in good intentions,'" she says. "Now the brilliance about you is that for some reason you knew Sarah, and I didn't know her. And Andrew and the girls, same as you. And my friends know Sarah. I didn't know."
FROM: Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson: From Royalty to the Real World
Published on May 11, 2011

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