Duchess of York reveals she is pausing her series Fergie and Friends
The end of Fergie and Friends? Duchess of York reveals she is ‘pausing’ her YouTube series which saw her read children’s books and dress up in costumes
- Duchess of York announced she is pausing her Fergie and Friends online series
- She started the YouTube programme during the first lockdown in April 2020
- But nearly two years on, pausing the programme without a return date set
The Duchess of York has announced she is taking a break from her YouTube series Storytime with Fergie and Friends.
Sarah Ferguson, 62, who is commonly known as Fergie, revealed she will temporarily stop posting daily videos on her YouTube channel – which she started in lockdown.
The mother-of-two started the channel in April 2020 in order to keep children entertained at home.
In an Instagram story shared yesterday, Fergie reassured her fans that this break is only temporary, and that they will soon be updated when the show resumes.
‘Storytime with Fergie and Friends will be taking a further break. We will update you soon on a return date,’ read a post shared on the mother of Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s Instagram.
Prince Andrew’s ex-wife has been sharing daily videos on her Youtube channel since lockdown in April 2020
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, 62, has announced she will be taking a break from her YouTube series Storytime with Fergie and Friends
The grandmother-of-two shared her last video to date on New Year’s Eve, where she read Macca’s Christmas Crackers by Matt Cosgrove. It has been watched nearly 140,000 times.
Other videos have seen her dress up as Little Red Riding Hood and don flower crowns and unicorn hats as part of her animated readings.
It comes after Fergie was spotted at Verbier’s ski resort in Switzerland.
She was joined by Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank as well as Princess Beatrice, her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi and his son Wolfie.
The families celebrated the New Year together at the Duke of York’s £17million luxury chalet – which was thought to be up for sale earlier this year – that overlooks the exclusive resort.
Fergie’s daily videos, where she often read children’s book by authors she loves – and sometimes her own titles, were watched by thousands at the peak of lockdown.
Sarah Ferguson, 60, treated her fans to two videos today as she dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood to read the classic children’s tale on her YouTube channel (pictured)
The Duchess of York donned a red hooded cape and was joined by a mystery guest in a wolf mask and nightgown (pictured)
In the first episode of ‘Storytime with Fergie and Friends,’ which she posted to her YouTube channel, Sarah put on a very animated performance as she read kid’s classic Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd.
Every since that first clip was shared, the mother-of-two has been updating the channel, often daily, with new videos where she could be seen reading children’s stories.
In total, Fergie has shared 543 videos on the channel, gathering more than 42,500 subscribers.
Her latest video was watched by 139,481 fans, but they will have to wait to watch another of her videos.
The news comes as Fergie’s ex-husband Prince Andrew, 61, is currently awaiting a ruling on whether a lawsuit related to allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre, then 17, on three occasions in 2001 will be dismissed by a judge in New York.
Ms Giuffre, now 38, claims she was trafficked by billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with the prince – at Maxwell’s London home, at Epstein’s New York mansion and on his private island in the Caribbean.
Fergie’s last video was shared on New Year’s Eve and watched by nearly 140,000 fans. She read Macca’s Christmas Crackers by Matt Cosgrove
The Duchess shared DIY activities and read children’s books on her Youtube channel, which counts more than 42,500 subscribers
Prince Andrew vehemently denies the claims, but his legal team is currently battling to have the case thrown out on a ‘technicality’ on the basis she waived her right to sue him when she signed an earlier £370,000 ($500,000) legal settlement with Epstein.
They have also accused Ms Giuffre of being after ‘another payday at his expense’.
A ruling on whether the case will proceed to trial could be re returned this week following a hearing last Tuesday.
The allegations, though, have mired the duke for the last two years and led to a car crash interview with Emily Maitlis on Newsnight in which he claimed he was ‘unable to sweat’.
Sarah launched the daily YouTube show (pictured) during lockdown in order to entertain little ones stuck at home
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew, pictured in 2019, is currently awaiting a ruling on whether a lawsuit related to allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre , then 17, on three occasions in 2001 will be dismissed by a judge in New York
It has been reported by the Sunday Times that his expensive list of advisers totals an estimated £2 million.
The list includes a solicitor nicknamed ‘Good News Gary’ and a barrister who represented crime boss Terry Adams and Britain’s most violent prisoner Charles Bronson.
The duke’s ex-wife Sarah is understood to have also been involved in briefing against Ms Giuffre.
A source said the situation ‘is a shambles’ and Andrew is ‘getting terrible advice’, while he has not been helped by his family having ‘given up on him’.
The allegations first came to light in 2011, but the prince did not provide public explanation until the November 2019 interview on Newsnight.
Sources say he agreed to the interview due to be a keenness to fix his reputation before his 60th birthday and the wedding of daughter Princess Beatrice.
It is understood he wanted to ‘get on the front foot’ and finally get his side of the story across to the public.
Andrew was initially dismissive of appearing on Newsnight for an interview on the basis his public relations adviser Jason Stein, former special adviser to Amber Rudd, believed it to be bad idea.
However, he was subsequently convinced by his private secretary Amanda Thirsk.
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