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Prince Andrew's former wife v denies having helped the producers of The Crown, whose new season is eagerly awaited.

According to the Mail Online, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has denied allegations that she had "repeated contact" with the production team of The Crown. A source reportedly told the newspaper that Sarah Ferguson had been in contact with the producers, apparently offering advice and "background information" as a "consultant".

Sarah Ferguson has since denied the claims, with a spokesperson for Prince Andrew's former wife saying: 'The Duchess was in contact with Andy Harries, who is producing The Crown, last year and they had a discussion about adapting her novel into a TV series. They did not discuss The Crown, nor the idea of her helping the show in any way. Such a suggestion was made separately at one point by a mutual friend, but was not pursued by either party."

A "beautifully shot" series, according to Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson also addressed the conversations she had with the series' producers, but denied any involvement in the making of The Crown: "I did write to Andy Harries, but it was more with the idea of turning Her Heart For A Compass into a film or TV series than portraying me." Sarah Ferguson is a fan of The Crown and has previously described it as "beautifully filmed": "The cinematography was excellent. I loved the way they included my wedding," she said.

In August 2021, Sarah Ferguson published her first historical novel Her Heart for a Compass, which quickly became a bestseller according to the Sunday Times. The novel reached number 10 in the UK fiction hardback bestseller list, having sold 1,079 copies in one week in August 2021. The story is based on the exploits of the author's aristocratic ancestor, Lady Magaret Montagu Douglas Scott, and follows the Duchess's great-grandmother's journey of self-discovery through Ireland, America and Britain. If Sarah Ferguson were to work with Harries to adapt the story for the small screen, it would not be her first experience in the film industry, as she was a producer on The Young Victoria. Princess Eugenie, her youngest daughter, played a role in the film about her ancestor.

Actress Emma Laird Craig will play the Duchess in the next season of The Crown. The fifth episode is expected to cover the divorces of the Duke and Duchess of York and King Charles III and his first wife, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

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