Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sarah Wants to Apologise, So How Best to Do It? on the Oprah Show, of Course

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sarah Wants to Apologise, So How Best to Do It? on the Oprah Show, of Course

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Byline: Sri Carmichael Royal Reporter

THE Duchess of York is to appear on Oprah Winfrey's television chat show in the US in a bid to rebuild her reputation.

The former wife of Prince Andrew was secretly filmed by a newspaper trying to sell access to him for [pounds sterling]500,000.

Friends say she has been left "broken and raw" by the scandal, which has made headlines around the world, and wants the opportunity to give a heartfelt apology to the millions of people who watch the prime-time programme.

The duchess has already issued a written statement admitting a "serious lapse of judgment".

Today a close friend said: "Sarah knows she needs to apologise in person and believes Oprah is the place to do that. She's been on the programme several times in the past in her Weight-Watchers ambassador role and has a good relationship with Oprah. She wants to reach the US public, who have been so supportive of her in recent years, and the businessmen over there who she needs to get on side to support her book deals and future ventures. This is about drawing a line under what has happened and rebuilding her life.

"Sarah is mortified. She has been shattered and broken by the past few days. She is very raw. But to her credit she has pulled herself together and carried on with her business commitments, promoting her children's books Helping Hands. Oprah likes the books and will ask her about them."

The "mea culpa" interview, which will last 10 minutes, is to be recorded tomorrow and aired on Tuesday in the US. Clips from it are likely to be shown around the world.

Oprah is famous for persuading her guests to open up and give no-holdbarred interviews. Naomi Campbell spoke about her short temper, while the McCanns talked movingly about their conviction that their missing daughter, Maddy, is still alive.

Producers from Oprah struck a deal with the duchess late last night after going to see her talk at a book trade fair in New York yesterday morning.

The duchess will fly back to London overnight tomorrow to be reunited with her family and discuss where she goes from here. …

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