London, May 24 (ANI): Duchess of York has apologised for pocketing 27,000 pounds from an undercover reporter posing as a tycoon to butter up Prince Andrew for him.
The disgraced Sarah Ferguson, who took the amount as part of a half million quid "introduction fee" - said sorry for the "embarrassment" caused to her ex-husband.
Her apology came after she was yesterday seen in tears at Heathrow airport - and a pal said she might quit Britain for good.
Fergie shameful betrayal of Andrew was caught on film, in which she was seen rubbing her hands in front of a table piled with dollar bills as she met the bogus tycoon at a flat in London's Mayfair.
"You'll get it back tenfold. I can open any door you want," the Sun quoted her as promising to the reporter.
The Duchess, whose former husband has been the UK's special representative for international trade and investment since 2001, crowed: "Look after me and he'll look after you."
She falsely claimed Andrew, 50 - with whom she has stayed friends following their 1992 split - knew what she was up to.
And now, that her secret is out, she said: "I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused.
"My financial situation is under stress - however, that is no excuse for a serious lapse in judgment.
"I am very sorry this has happened. I can confirm the Duke of York was not aware or involved in any of the discussions that occurred. I am sincerely sorry for my actions."
A pal described Fergie as "devastated" after her money-grubbing was exposed by the News of the World.
The chum revealed: "The implications of what she's done are only just starting to sink in. I wouldn't be surprised at all if she left the country."
It is believed that Andrew only found out about the scandal after coming back from a Far East trade mission.
The Palace said: "The Duke of York categorically denies any knowledge of any meeting between the Duchess of York and the News of the World journalist." (ANI)