Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson said Sunday that she was "very sorry" for her "lapse of judgment" after she was recorded apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew in return for 500,000 pounds ($724,000).
The duchess said in a statement that she had financial problems. "I very deeply regret the situation and the embarrassment caused," she said.
On a video posted on the tabloid News of the World's website, Ferguson is heard to say "500,000 pounds when you can, to me, open doors." Asked whether she was referring to the prince, she says: "Yeah."
The newspaper said Ferguson, 50, spoke to an undercover reporter posing as a businessman. Andrew is an international British trade ambassador. The newspaper said he knew nothing of the meeting.
There is no suggestion Ferguson did anything illegal.
Ex-'Survivor' producer back in U.S.
Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former Survivor producer wanted for questioning in Mexico about his wife's death, has returned to the United States, his attorney said Sunday.
Beresford-Redman returned to Los Angeles County "to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters," attorney Richard Hirsch said in a statement. Hirsch said Beresford-Redman, who has not been charged with a crime, had no legal obligation to remain in Mexico while authorities investigate the death of his wife, Monica, whose body was found in a sewer at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun last month.
Beresford-Redman's passport had been confiscated, and he was ordered not to leave Mexico. Police described him as a suspect. It was unclear how he left the country without a passport.
Prosecutors say Beresford-Redman reported his wife missing two days before her body was found.
Winners at Cannes
The hypnotic Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. Uncle Boonmee, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, traces the dreamlike final days of a man dying of kidney failure as the ghost of his dead wife returns to tend him and his long-lost son comes home in the form of a furry jungle spirit.
Juliette Binoche, an Oscar winner for The English Patient, won best actress for the cryptic love story Certified Copy, directed by past Palme d'Or winner Abbas Kiarostami.
Javier Bardem, an Oscar winner for No Country for Old Men, won for Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful, a grim portrait of a dying father. He shared the best-actor prize with Elio Germano, for Italian filmmaker Daniele Luchetti's Our Life, a drama about a widower with three sons.
Fourth is first - and last
Shrek Forever After roared its way to the top of the box office, making $71.3 million in its opening weekend. But it had the weakest debut of all Shrek sequels, according to studio estimates released Sunday. Shrek 2 opened with $108 million in 2004; Shrek the Third, $121.6 million in 2007.
And the latest installment was available for the first time in 3-D and IMAX 3-D, with higher ticket prices.
Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian said the cost of tickets may have been too high for some families.
Iron Man 2 dropped to second place with $26.6 million.