Fergie overcomes her fear of arrest… to go skiing with ex-husband and daughters
She said she was too frightened to leave the country after being threatened with arrest by the Turkish authorities.
Just weeks later, however, the Duchess of York has apparently recovered her nerve enough to fly off on an all-expenses-paid skiing holiday with her ex-husband and their daughters.
The family flew out to Switzerland on Saturday for a week-long jaunt to coincide with Prince Andrew's 52nd birthday yesterday.
Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson is taking a winter vacation in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland
The couple have been divorced for more than 15 years but still share Royal Lodge, the prince's Windsor mansion, and regularly holiday together with their children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
But their latest trip is likely to raise eyebrows as Sarah Ferguson recently claimed she was 'too scared' to leave the country for fear of arrest.
Last month the duchess was charged by a court in Turkey over a 2008 television documentary in which she took part in an undercover investigation into the plight of children in state-run orphanages.
The authorities were furious and the duchess was accused in absentia of 'going against the law in acquiring footage and violating privacy' of five children.
She faces up to 22-and-a-half years in prison if convicted. No trial date has been set.
A spokesman for Miss Ferguson said last night: 'The duchess is on her annual family holiday to celebrate the duke's birthday. This is her first overseas trip this year away from her working commitments.
Prince Andrew leads the way back to the chalet after having lunch in a five star hotel in Verbier with his ex wife Sarah Ferguson and their daughters Beatrice and Eugenie
'There is no issue about her travelling. However, she is working to resolve the Turkish issue with the relevant authorities.'
A source added: 'The duke's birthday is an important annual family occasion which she would not break unless there was a very good reason.
'She has been told there is no issue with her travelling as the Turkish authorities cannot extradite her, so there is no reason for her not to go.'
None the less, she has cancelled at least one planned business trip to the U.S., with a source saying she had 'sort of grounded herself until this whole thing is over'.
Asked why she was willing to risk her freedom to go on a ski holiday, another source told the Mail yesterday the duchess believed no one would dare arrest her when she was with the Queen's son and their daughters, who are accompanied by a 24-hour Scotland Yard security detail.
The family are in Verbier, where they usually stay either in the town's top hotel or borrow a luxury chalet belonging to the duchess's former lover, Formula One tycoon Paddy McNally.