Sarah Ferguson has signed a major book deal just weeks after her ex-husband Prince Andrew was stripped of his taxpayer money.
Fergie has announced she has signed a deal to write seven children’s stories – including five picture books and two chapter books.
The 60-year-old Duchess of York, who has written 25 books over the years, said in her announcement on Instagram that she was “so excited” by the news.
She unveiled three of her upcoming children’s books in the post, titled “Arthur Fantastic”, “Genie Gems” and “The Enchanted Oak Tree”.
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The first book will be available in mid-2020 with the books being published in Australia and New Zealand.
After dropping the news on Instagram, friends and family were quick to congratulate her, including Princess Beatrice’s fiance Edo, who commented with three yellow heart emojis.
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The news comes just three months after Fergie’s ex-husband Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties over the scandal around his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
It is reported Andrew was stripped of his £240,000 Sovereign Grant taxpayer funding because that funds expenses for official duties.
But The Sun also reported he will continue to receive his income from the Queen’s private funds.
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Fergie and Andrew still live together at their Royal Lodge home in Windsor and have remained close friends since their divorce.
But it has long been speculated the couple are back together, with the pair being seen driving around Windsor together earlier this week.
The duchess has also expressed support for Andrew over his nightmare interview over his association with convicted sex offender Epstein.
She said of the duke, who has strenuously denied claims from Virginia Giuffre that he slept with her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein: "When I talk about Prince Andrew, I talk about family because the last six months have been hard on the girls and me.
"To see such a wonderful man go through such enormous pain … he is the best man I know.
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"It's just incredible what he has done for Britain and it's all nonsense."
Sarah is already the author of more than two dozen books, including the Budgie the Little Helicopter and the Little Red series.
Her Budgie the Little Helicopter books were first published in 1989 when she was still a member of the royal family.
In the years leading up to her divorce and in those that followed, the duchess struggled with money problems and fell deeply into debt, owing millions.
She turned her finances around by working in America, including acting as a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers for 10 years from 1997 and writing more children's books and self-help and lifestyle guides.
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But in 2010 she was caught up in a cash-for-access scandal, offering to sell an introduction to Andrew for £500,000 to an undercover reporter posing as a businessman.
She described herself as being on the brink of bankruptcy as she explained her actions in an interview with US chatshow queen Oprah Winfrey.
"I've been living, trying to be the Duchess of York… beyond my means," she admitted.
In March 2011, she found herself in trouble again.
She admitted to a "terrible, terrible error of judgment" after accepting £15,000 from Epstein to pay a former assistant's unpaid wages, amid reported debts of £5 million.
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