"What goes up, must come down" as Sarah Ferguson found out between 1986 and yesterday after she left Camberwell Magistrates court with just £1.20 on an Oyster Card and a copy of "Budgie all at sea" - loaned to her on 'compassionate' grounds.
When it comes to Royal lineage, an inch is as good as a mile and whilst her children can still enjoy 'amber' cavier and seared Dodo, the estranged Duchess is more likely to be an old 'mum gone to Iceland' scavenging for bits of edible food amongst the gaudy labels and smelly patrons.
Ms Ferguson lamented - "The toe-sucking pictures put me on financial life support but after the news of the world stitch-up last month, I was totally cut adrift by QE2 and co."
"I've sold nearly 50 'Budgie' books this year but my accountant told me it hadn't covered the cost of my 70 holidays over the same period."
Nicholas Watchell - the BBC's royal correspondent commented "The early 90s were like a posh soap opera with burning castles, Princess Margaret bathing in gin, Diana 'doing her nut' and Edward 'finding himself'. Her Majesty simply didn't see the York's' cracks in time."