Privacy, the Duchess of York and the Public Interest

25 05 2010

On Sunday 23 May 2010 the “News of the World” published what it described as “Cash for Royal Access Sensation”.  In a story by its “investigations editor”, Mazher Mahmood (the so-called “fake sheikh“), it reported that the Duchess of York was “shamelessly plotting to sell access to her trade envoy ex-hubby Prince Andrew for £500,000″. The paper had video footage of the Duchess taking money.  She had been the victim of a classic “sting”, with a reporter posing as a “rich businessman” who was seeking access to her former husband, Prince Andrew, and paid US$40,000 down-payment in cash. Read the rest of this entry »