Turkish Duchess York

January 13, 2012 by staff 

Turkish Duchess YorkTurkish Duchess York, The Duchess of York faces charges in Turkey for going undercover and secretly filming children at a state-run home for a documentary, according to the semiofficial Anatolian news agency.

The Ankara Prosecutor’s office accused the Duchess of York of violating the private lives and rights of five children while filming the program for Britain’s ITV network, Anatolian reported Thursday.

A hidden camera was used during Sarah Ferguson’s visit to the Children’s Nurturing and Rehabilitation Center outside Ankara. She wore a disguise of a dark wig and headscarf for the filming.

Opening the case, the Ankara chief prosecutor asked for a prison term of up to 22 years, six months, Turkish state TV reported.

There are no details on when a trial might take place, if at all.

A UK Home Office spokesman said: “It is not our usual policy to comment on individual cases.

“However, the Home Office can confirm it has received a formal request for mutual legal assistance concerning Sarah, Duchess of York. It is not appropriate to comment further.”

The Duchess of York said in a statement: “I stand strong in the face of the rights of children, and I remain steadfast. Children are our future.”

ITV News spokesman Grant Cunningham said Friday: “ITV was made aware yesterday through media reports of charges related to our program being raised again.

“Charges were raised in 2008 and we said at that time that we firmly stand by our program and our position remains unchanged.”

The Duchess was accompanied by one of her two daughters, Princess Eugenie, to film the ITV Tonight program in Turkey.

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