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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fergie's Financial Furor

LONDON () -- Britain's Duchess of York, the former Sarah Ferguson, flew off to the United States with her daughters Thursday, leaving behind a furor over reported debts of up to ?3 million ($4.6 million). A spokeswoman for the duchess said she was taking her daughters "as a special treat for them."

The Sun tabloid said the duchess owed around ?3 million and not ?1 million as earlier reported. "Furious creditors are lining up to push the duchess into bankruptcy," said the daily.

The queen made it clear Wednesday that she would not bail out the duchess in a move the Sun said could spark panic among creditors. The Sun alleged the duchess spent ?500,000 last year on designer clothes, champagne parties, exotic holidays and home improvements.