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Sarah Ferguson says she 'was not in my right place' when offering royal access

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, tells talk show host Oprah Winfrey in a taped interview scheduled for broadcast Tuesday that she 'was not in my right place' when she offered access to her former husband, Prince Andrew.

By Associated Press / June 1, 2010

In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, speaks at the Book Expo America in New York. Ferguson says she had been drinking and was "not in my right place" when she was caught on video offering access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, for $724,000.

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Sarah Ferguson says she had been drinking and was "not in my right place" when she was caught on video offering access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, for $724,000.

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The Duchess of York made the comments to talk show host Oprah Winfrey in an interview to air Tuesday. The interview was taped Friday in Los Angeles, and excerpts were released Monday by Winfrey's Harpo Productions.

Ferguson tells Winfrey that she'd seen snippets of the video in airports but had not "faced the devil in the face" by watching it in its entirety. But she says she could tell she'd been drinking and was "in the gutter at that moment."

Ferguson has apologized for her lapse of judgment and has said she had financial problems.