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Belfast lawyer secures apology for Duchess of York over false Royal tell-all book claims

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast libel lawyer has secured an apology for the Duchess of York over false media claims linking her to a tell-all book about the Royal Family.

Paul Tweed confirmed Sarah Ferguson now intends to discover the source of the unfounded magazine claims.

Mr Tweed acted for Sarah, the Duchess of York, after a story appeared in the United States-based Closer Weekly.

An apology has now been published to resolve the issue.

It stated: "On August 17, 2018, we published an article under the headline 'Sarah Ferguson Reportedly Offered $15 Million for Royal Family Tell-All Book.'

"We now unreservedly accept that any suggestion that Sarah, Duchess of York, is considering writing or accepting financial reward for any such book about the Royal Family was based on pure speculation, and is totally without foundation.

"We sincerely apologise to the Duchess for suggesting otherwise."

Following the outcome Mr Tweed said: "While my client is very satisfied with this comprehensive retraction and apology from the publishers of the US Closer Weekly magazine, she also remains determined to ascertain the source of these and other false allegations, which had been the subject of a similar apology by the National Enquirer last year."

Meanwhile, another of the solicitor's clients, Ryanair, has received an apology over newspaper articles about the airline's safety record.

The Irish Examiner also agreed to make a donation to the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation - a charity chosen by Ryanair - as part of the settlement announced at the High Court in Dublin.

Proceedings centred on articles published in May 2015.

Mr Tweed said: "Ryanair are very satisfied with this total vindication they have received following the comprehensive retraction and apology announced before the court this morning, together with the defendant's acknowledgement of their unsurpassed safety record spanning three decades."

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