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Monitor: The Duchess of York

Reviews of Sarah Ferguson's debut performance as a television talk-show presenter

The Duchess of New York

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of an interesting past must be in want of a chat show. And now that Fergie has her own, it's obvious that she is a closet American: addicted to empathy and with a firm belief that a problem aired is a problem shared. They love her over there, so why don't we?

Tall story

For readers of 'The Independent on Sunday' only, here are selected highlights from Kenneth Starr's 37 boxes of corroborating evidence, some of which may never be available elsewhere:

One Year On: Diana

Glad to be mad Suzanne Moore was happy to lose her head when all around were losing theirs

Mad dons and dreaming spires

A Cambridge fellow reduced an interviewee to tears. But this is mild behaviour.

Dining elite robbed at gunpoint

RIVIERA restaurant owners fear a spate of terrorist-type attacks after an armed robbery at one of the favourite eateries of the rich and famous near Cannes.

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Sleepy talks

ARTS: ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY! THE CELEBRITIES AND GLAMOUR THAT MADE HELLO! A PUBLISHING PHENOMENON

THIS CHARMING MAGAZINE WELCOMES US INTO ITS DELIGHTFUL, YET POIGNANT, WORLD

Television: O J makes a killing on the Beeb

IF CHILD-KILLER Mary Bell had chosen Ruby Wax as her interlocutor, and accepted her infamous payments from the BBC light-entertainment department, not from a firm of publishers, perhaps the brouhaha that engulfed the journalistic and political worlds last week would never have blown up.

Letter: Thoughtful Duchess

ONE THING that impressed me about the Duchess of York was that, at the end of a cruise on board a yacht, she knew the names of every one of the 21 crew, and thanked each one of them for looking after her. That was a unique and thoughtful thing for a "celebrity" to do.

The Duchess of York, the Squatters of Dulwich and Kenneth Branagh

EXCITING times for the Duchess of York. If you've wondered why she's been more ubiquitous than usual in the media world - hanging out with the cast of Friends, flirting with Chris Evans - it's because she is soon to be launched as the hostess of a television chat show. Sky TV have signed her up and, having already pre-sold the show to America, Australia and New Zealand, have made a gratifying amount of cash out of the newly- slender ex-Royal before she utters a single word of the Funny Opening Monologue.

Monarch may marry out of the C of E

ROYAL reforms could open the way for the lifting of the ban on a future monarch or heir to the throne marrying a Catholic or members of other faiths.

Royals risk losing HRH titles in new reforms

HALF THE members of the Royal Family should lose their HRH titles, and the public will no longer have to bow or curtsy to any of the Royals under reform proposals presented to the Queen, it was reported last night.

Where Robert De Niro rubs shoulders with Pavarotti and Del Boy

There's fame present, past and wannabe. And then there are those who pretend. Serena Mackesy spent a night in the strange twilight world of lookalikes.
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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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