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EX-AIDE TO FERGIE CHARGED IN HER BOYFRIEND'S MURDER

The former personal assistant of Britain's Duchess of York was charged Saturday with the murder of her boyfriend.

Jane Andrews was arrested Wednesday after her boyfriend, Thomas Cressman, was found stabbed to death in his southwest London home Monday.

"Jane Andrews, aged 33, a sales consultant . . . has been charged with the murder of Thomas Cressman on or before Sept. 18," a recorded statement from London's Scotland Yard said. She is to appear in court Monday.

Andrews worked for the duchess, Sarah Ferguson, for nine years up to 1997. Ferguson, nicknamed "Fergie," was ostracized from the royal family after her divorce from Prince Andrew in 1996.

Andrews was tracked by police to Cornwall, where she was arrested. Police sources said she was found apparently asleep in her car and that she had taken an overdose of pills.

Media reports said police believe the murder weapon may have been an antique dagger or bayonet taken from a collection of historic knives and swords that 39-year-old Cressman kept at the couple's $562,000 home.

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