Duchess Fergie: Sorry for Accepting $24,000 From Pedophile

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The Duchess has done it again.

It's another royal flub for Sarah Ferguson.

The disgraced Duchess admitted to taking money from U.S. businessman Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender who spent 13 months in prison for soliciting an underage prostitute in 2008.

The $24,000 payout came immediately after the ex-con, who has settled more than a dozen cases out of court, vacationed with her ex-husband Prince Andrew.

This follows last year's scandal in which the then bankrupt Ferguson was caught setting up access to the Prince in exchange for money.

"I personally, on behalf of myself, deeply regret that Jeffrey Epstein became involved in any way with me," she told London's Evening Standard newspaper. "I abhor pedophilia and any sexual abuse of children and know this is a gigantic error of judgment on my behalf."

As for getting her ex involved in yet another sordid mess, she said, "Once again my errors have compounded and rebounded and also inadvertently impacted on the man I admire most in the world, the duke. He has supported me and come to my rescue again and again and there is absolutely nothing that I would not do for him."

The Duchess went on to say she planned to return the money, "when I can."