Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York finds herself in a unique, even an arguably enviable position. She’s now at a place which may just allow her to rise phoenix like from the ashes of the recent scandal that’s brought her so low. As a shocked world watched secretly filmed video of the News Of The World sting, we saw the most likable – surely the most accessible British royal – act like little more than a common pimp. She demanded a hefty price for access to ex-husband Prince Andrew, and the powerful types he meets, bragging “He meets the most amazing people, and throws them my way.” Now she spins on full damage control – making the TV talk show rounds to tell her sordid story. Oprah Winfrey landed the first exclusive sit down chat with Ferguson. The exchange between American talk Queen and humiliated British Duchess of York offers up a woman strong enough to make sweet lemonade out of the bitter lemons she picked.
Fergie, despite past brushes with bad etiquette for being a bit too honest, brash or even “common”, now is at the lowest point of her public life. She told Oprah she’s been “laid bare”, that life’s problems, and her debt put her in the “gutter.” Buying this self described emotional trauma – from one who lives in a royal palace with two princess daughters – may still be too much for many to swallow, but it’s clear the Duchess is in truly dire circumstances to attempt such base shenanigans. So it’s with this sorry state of affairs that Hollywood must work with and exploit. As they say, everyone loves an underdog – in her case an ‘underduchess.’
As American actress Kirstie Alley prances about yapping on her ballooning weight in reality shows, Sarah Ferguson could land a prime time reality show. Alley and Ferguson even share waistline watching, since both have weight problems in common. Kirstie Alley acted as spokesperson for Jenny Craig, while Weight Watchers used Sarah, Duchess of York for years as a celebrity face. Alley turned her weight woes into the television show Kirstie Alley’s Big Life. Can Sarah Ferguson do likewise?
We watch reality shows about burly bounty hunters – Dog: The Bounty Hunter – about dieting fat actresses, about Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Honestly, I still have no idea who those gals even are, but they have a hit TV show. If both Hollywood and Sarah Ferguson were smart, they’d join forces and strike while the iron is hot. The Duchess of York admits she’s so much in debt, it was primary cause of her falling for the financial sting. She’s hurting, she’s vulnerable, and needs money desperately. Often, people we crown reality show stars also find themselves at a time in life where they’ll trade in privacy for bags of cold hard cash. Maybe it’s time Sarah Ferguson negotiate in a Hollywood studio meeting room, instead of some hotel room. She should ask TV producers for money for something she can truly deliver – herself – warts and all.