Report: Fergie Facing Showdown with Andrew

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2007 file photo Britain's Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson arrives at the third annual Quill Awards, honoring books and authors, New York. Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson feels devastated after she was secretly recorded apparently offering to sell access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew in return for 500,000 pounds ($724,000), her spokeswoman said Sunday May 23, 2010. The tabloid News of the World posted video on its website that appears to show Ferguson discussing payment terms. She is heard to say "500,000 pounds when you can, to me, open doors." Asked if she was referring to the prince, she said: "Yeah." The newspaper said Ferguson, 50, spoke to an undercover reporter posing as a businessman. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, file) AP Photo

Sarah Ferguson is reportedly set to face the music - and her ex-husband, Prince Andrew, to discuss the sting rocking the British royal family.

Britain's Daily Mail Online says the Duchess of York will fly to Britain later this week to explain what she was up to when she was caught on video seeking more than $700,000 - with a $40,000 down payment - from an undercover reporter from Britain's News of the World posing as a businessman. The money would have been in exchange for access to Andrew, who now acts as British trade envoy.

But on Wednesday, "Fergie," 50, was scheduled to appear at the Book Expo in New York promoting a line of children's books.

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She's issued a statement apologizing for causing embarrassment and a "serious lapse in judgment."

CBS News Correspondent Jeff Glor notes that Andrew was seen in public Tuesday for the first time since the video was made public, but brushed aside questions from reporters.

Queen Elizabeth also appeared in public Tuesday, at the opening of Parliament, but didn't address Fergie's gaffe. Glor points out that she has the power to strip Fergie of her title.

Popeater.com columnist Rob Shuter, a friend of Fergie's, told CBS News, "She's going to face this head on. She knows she's made a mistake. She's very, very sorry for it, and the best way to fix this is to step forward, admit it, and carry on with her life."

But the Daily Mail Online says, "Those close to the shamed Duchess say they are worried about her state of mind. Friends describe her as 'fragile', 'desperate' and 'in a very bad place.' One said, 'No one is excusing what she has done and it will take those who trusted her a long time to forgive, but essentially she is a decent person and it's hard not to feel slightly sorry for her. She is clearly at the end of her tether." '

Glor says, "Friends are increasingly saying she plans to spend more time in the U.S. -- possibly even live here."

And on "The Early Show" Wednesday, Mail On Sunday correspondent Katie Nicholl discussed Prince Andrew's reaction to the scandal and the Duchess of York's likely move to New York City:

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