Sarah Ferguson, Duchess
of York, dug in her heels at New York's
writers' hangout, Elaine's, meeting and
greeting donors to her charity,
Chances for Children, who wrote checks for
the emergency airlift of
10,000 tents for Kosovo.
Why so many tents when the refugees are
going home soon?
"Because the Serbian forces have done a
very good job of sabotaging
their homes and burning them, and there's
nothing left," she told us.
"So, if they go home, they've got no
Having worked tirelessly for the cause,
Fergie was due to airlift
herself home last night in time to see her
daughters in a school event.
She and the girls live in the same house
as her ex, Prince Andrew. "It
works quite well," she said.
As to rumors of a rekindled romance, she
said with a smile, "I don't
know anything about that."
You might ask, if she doesn't, who does?
But then maybe she's saving
the details for her next book about how
she re-invented herself after
"It's about how difficult it is to become
aware in a very restricted
society," said the Duchess, who has
managed to thrive outside the
arctic climate of a Windsor family dinner.
Looking svelte in a navy blue suit, Fergie
stood with host Bobby Zarem
and met Pat Kennedy Lawford, songwriter
Denise Rich, designer Carolina
Herrera, "Lion King" star Jason Raize,
hunky actor Andre Boccaletti,
Phyllis George, movie producer Webb Stone,
Capitol publishing CEO Randy
Jones, lawyer Elizabeth Gaine, Kimberly
Rockefeller, Anne Hearst, Nina
Griscom, Judy and Sam Peabody, Pat Kerr
Tigrett, Ann Slater, Ann Barish
and Daily News publisher Mortimer B.
Oh, there was also the ad agency exec whom
Fergie greeted as "Mr.
"Richard Kirshenbaum," said the man,
correcting her. "I'm a Jewish
To donate to the Chances for Children
Kosovo Relief Fund, mail checks
to One World Trade Center, 101st floor,
New York, NY 10048.