Stress taking its toll? Sarah Ferguson looks strained amid extradition demand as she steps out for dinner


Stress taking its toll Sarah Ferguson looks strained amid extradition demand as she steps out for dinner

She's normally sunning herself in various parts of the world with a big grin on her face.

But Sarah Ferguson looked almost unrecognisable when she stepped out for dinner in London on Thursday night looking strained and unhappy.

The Duchess of York dined out make-up free, showing off her pale complexion.

Looking withered: Sarah Ferguson steps out for dinner in London looking worn out and glum

Looking withered: Sarah Ferguson steps out for dinner in London looking worn out and glum

The 52-year-old had been dining at the capital's swish 34 Restaurant in Mayfair with friends.

But she clearly didn't want to be spotted as she left via the eatery's back door.

Playing it safe in a black dress and jacket, Ferguson dressed the ensemble up with an animal print scarf.

Make-up free: Fergie seemed troubled as she fears being extradited following her 2008 documentary

Make-up free: Fergie seemed troubled as she fears being extradited following her 2008 documentary

And she accessorised with a pink leather bag as she rushed into a waiting car.

But she did have one close reminder to keep her happy – a personalised bracelet showing her daughter Eugenie's name.

The former royal looked sullen and preoccupied as she sat in the back of the vehicle.

Daughter reminder: The Duchess was wearing a personalised bracelet showing her daughter Eugenie's name

Daughter reminder: The Duchess was wearing a personalised bracelet showing her daughter Eugenie's name

And it seems her recent troubles are getting the better of her as she remains 'stuck' in Britain.

Sarah has reportedly grounded herself from flying anywhere other than her native UK for fear she will be arrested if she travels abroad.

She was reportedly due to fly to America this week, but she has obviously decided to stay at home amid warnings from her lawyers.

They have told her she could be detained under an international arrest warrant after she was charged by Turkish authorities in her absence earlier this month over a TV documentary she secretly filmed in 2008.

Prince Andrew's former wife faces charges
of ‘interfering with the privacy of children’ after she disguised
herself in a black wig in the expose showing conditions at an orphanage near Ankara.

Something on your mind The former royal had been eating with friends at Mayfair's posh 34 restaurant before leaving via the back door

Something on your mind The former royal had been eating with friends at Mayfair's posh 34 restaurant before leaving via the back door

Exhausted: Sarah normally looks full of life and enjoys her leisure time

Exhausted: Sarah normally looks full of life and enjoys her leisure time

Time to go home: She looked like she couldn't wait to get home following her night out

Time to go home: She looked like she couldn't wait to get home following her night out

The offense carries a sentence of up to 22 years in prison.

Britain says it will not hand over the
Duchess, nicknamed Fergie, because the offence she is accused of is not
a crime in the UK.

But Miss Ferguson is reportedly worried that she
could be extradited if she visits other countries with more liberal
extradition treaties with Turkey.

She thinks it is ‘prudent’ to stay in Britain until the matter has been resolved.

In the 2008 ITV Tonight show
documentary, Duchess And Daughters: Their Secret Mission, Miss Ferguson
and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie investigated allegations of cruelty
to children in Turkey’s state-run orphanages.

In trouble: As she appeared in the controversial documentary that's landed her in hot water

In trouble: As she appeared in the controversial documentary that's landed her in hot water

In some scenes, disabled children were
tied to their beds and others were left in cots all day without being
taken out to be fed.

However, the Duchess, 52, did not have
a permit to film and has since been accused of breaching the country’s
strict press laws.

The Duchess was reported to have
spoken to her lawyers about the charges, but a friend said: ‘It was her
decision to cancel the trip. She didn’t do it on the advice of anyone
else.

‘She’s sort of grounded herself until this whole thing is over. She doesn’t want to travel until it gets sorted out.’