Housewives’ Countess: Duchess Fergie “Acting Out of Desperation”

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The Countess has some thoughts on the Duchess.

Real Housewives of New York's Countess Luann de Lesseps thinks Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson was "acting out of desperation" when she tried to accept a $750,000 bribe.

"She obviously used poor judgment," Lesseps told of Ferguson, who was caught on tape accepting cash from an undercover journalist in exchange for access to her ex husband, Prince Andrew.

"She didn't even ask for this guy's credentials!" marvels Lesseps of her fellow royal.

The Bravo star also speculated about Prince Andrew's involvement in the scheme: "I wonder if the prince knew nothing about this…I mean, they have children together. I find it hard to believe he knew nothing about it. He is the representative for International Trade and Investments for the U.K. What does that mean, does he make enough or does the royal family support them?"

Ferguson — a.k.a. Fergie — wed the Duke of York, who is fourth in line to the throne, in 1986, but they split 10 years later. They are parents to two daughters, Beatrice, 21, and Eugenie, 20.

The Countess isn't sure if Fergie, a one-time Weight Watchers spokeswoman, can escape the controversy unscathed.

"There's no question whether or not that's her on video. It's crystal clear what's going on. I think it's hard to come away from this without any damage," Lesseps said.

"There's not a lot more to be said after apologizing for the pain she's caused."

Lesseps, 45, finalized her divorce from French count Alexandre de Lesseps last year.

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