Sarah Ferguson says royal life is 'not a fairytale' in 1996
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Ms Andrews’ story has resurfaced ahead of ITV’s new documentary, ‘Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story’, which airs tonight. The programme will also focus on her relationship with Sarah, Duchess of York, who she worked for between 1988 and 1997 as her dresser. She got the job after responding to an advert in The Lady Magazine as a 22-year-old recent graduate.
It specified a role as a personal assistant to a working mother; when invited for an interview, that busy mother turned out to be the Duchess, affectionately known as Fergie.
Ms Andrews scaled the social status ladder, moving from a working class life to brushing shoulders with the rich and famous.
In 1998, she was introduced to Thomas Cressman, a wealthy former stockbroker who mixed in the same circles as her.
The pair hit it off, and Ms Andrews moved into his West London flat after she lost her job with Fergie.
By 2001, she had been arrested and charged with his murder.
She was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years of a life sentence.
Ms Andrews was eventually released in 2015.
In the years following, reports of her public whereabouts emerged.
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A string of stories broke of Ms Andrews’ new business venture: selling Royal Family memorabilia.
The story was first reported by The Sun in 2018, followed by further details from other publications.
It came just before she was briefly jailed again after being accused of harassing a former lover.
The publication said she had set-up a stall inside Vintage Lincs antiques centre, and made at least £500-a-month in sales.
It detailed an itinerary that included plates commemorating Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding in 1981, the birth of Prince William and mementos featuring the Queen.
It added: “There was also a paper weight marking Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding, and a mug with the Queen Mum and King George VI on it.”
A source told the paper Ms Andrews had visited the antiques centre and asked to open a stall at the back of their warehouse.
They said: “She would come in regularly – three times a week.
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“But she vanished a few weeks ago and we couldn’t work out where she had gone.
“She was always in here – you couldn’t keep her away. She could talk the hind legs off a donkey.”
The Mirror also reported in 2018 how Ms Andrews was “exposed” for selling royal keepsakes as an “antique dealer”.
Her murder of Mr Cressman came after the pair returned home from a holiday first in Italy, then at his family’s villa on the French Riviera.
She reportedly believed Mr Cressman was preparing to marry her, and was dumbfounded when he revealed he had no such intentions.
Mr Cressman’s mother later told a Crime and Investigation Channel documentary that after not hearing from him for days, she immediately “knew something awful was wrong”.
The pair reportedly got into a heated argument, with Mr Cressman calling the police saying “somebody is going to get hurt”.
The police did not visit his apartment.
After Mr Cressman was found dead in his flat, Ms Andrews went missing for days.
She was eventually traced by police in her car in Cornwall having attempted to overdose.
The authorities interrogated her and later arrested her for his murder.
A BBC court report on the day of sentencing in 2001 said: “Jane Andrews, 34, denies murdering businessman Thomas Cressman, 39, at their home in Fulham, West London, in September last year.
“But Bruce Houlder QC, for the prosecution, told the Old Bailey jury she hit him on the head with a cricket bat and then stabbed him with a kitchen knife after he refused to marry her.”
Despite Ms Andrews’ claims of domestic abuse, it took a jury 12 hours to convict her of Mr Cressman’s murder.
‘Fergie’s Killer Dresser: The Jane Andrews Story’ airs on ITV tonight at 9pm.
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