Royal Family didn’t like Fergie using her title to make millions, expert says

The Royal Family didn't like Sarah Ferguson using her title to make millions after she divorced Prince Andrew, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duchess of York divorced Prince Andrew in May 1996, four years after they announced they were separating.

Sarah Ferguson, also lovingly known as 'Fergie', famously became wrapped in controversy just months after splitting with Andrew when she was photographed having her toes sucked by Texan millionaire John Bryan on holiday.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gert's Royal podcast, claims the royal family "didn't like Sarah using her title to make millions promoting Weight Watchers or other products."

After splitting with the Duke, the Duchess of York embarked on an 11-year relationship with Weightwatchers where she endorsed the company publicly.

"Unlike Princess Diana’s divorce settlement, Duchess Sarah didn’t get millions and an annual allowance to maintain her office," Gertrude said.

"Sarah got very little in the divorce, but was allowed instead to make commercial deals to support herself."

She was also a spokeswoman for Waterford Wedgewood where it was reported she received a £500,000 fee for a 12 month contract.

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On top of this, she also signed up as an after-dinner speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau, reportedly making $55,000 (£40,000) per shift.

Fergie also reportedly endorsed Avon alongside Weightwatchers.

But unfortunately, the Duchesses' American "lifestyle and wellness" company, Hartmoor, collapsed in 2009.

And in 2010, the former royal was almost declared bankrupt.

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Daly added: "While Sarah did make millions in those early years, her wild spending soon left her broke."

At the time, The Sunday Telegraph reported that the Queen was "deeply concerned" about Fergie's financial situation.

In May 2010, The Duchess of York went public with her financial struggles after she was secretly filmed accepting money from an undercover journalist posing as a businessman attempting to gain access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew, The Express reports.

Fergie went on to US television in an interview with Oprah Winfrey where she admitted she was "emotionally bankrupt" and "continually on the verge of financial bankruptcy".

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