Royalty and statesmen

Though she leads a privileged existence, the Dichess has no problems taking a 'no-frills' approach to travel as passengers on a train from London Victoria found out when she hopped on board
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Down-to-earth Fergie takes commuter train out of London

19 MAY 2009
During her marriage to Prince Andrew the Duchess of York travelled everywhere in luxury cars accompanied by bodyguards. Even as a divorcee her hard work to has allowed her to maintain an enviable standard of living based around a 2.5 million pad overlooking Central Park in New York.

So imagine the surprise of passengers on a train from London's Victoria to Bromley South in Kent when Sarah hopped on for the ride.

Renowned for her down-to-earth attitude despite her royal connections, the Duchess has made it a personal mission to work with ordinary people.

Last year the mother of two visited Hull for a TV programme in which she helped a family living on a council estate change their eating habits on a limited budget. In the process she swapped her privileged existence for accomodation in a B&B popular with lorry drivers and dockers.

Soon the 49-year-old campaigner will attempt a similar project in Manchester, working with local residents to set up community initiatives in a deprived area.

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