Sarah 'Fergie' Ferguson, Duchess of York, for Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5?

Big Brother 2011 eye

It sounds as though this year's Celebrity Big Brother may have a royal twist in store - but don't get your hopes up, it's not going to be Pippa or Kate Middleton! According to the Metro today, Sarah Ferguson - known as simply 'Fergie' - the Duchess of York, is set to enter the house.

Fergie was shunned by the royal family after she made tabloid headlines when she asked an undercover journalist for £500,000 for access to her ex, Prince Andrew.

According to the London paper, Fergie is "high on the shortlist for celebrity guests", with bosses having signed "8 out of the 11" celebrities - including three "big" American stars - to launch the series next month.

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A source told the newspaper: "They are offering big appearance fees this year to try and draft in some massive names."

A spokesperson for Channel 5 however said: "It is too early to confirm who will be taking part in the next series of Celebrity Big Brother.

"Casting execs are currently looking some really exciting names."

Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 will start in mid-August and last for around 2-3 weeks, before a 'normal' version of the reality series kicks off straight after.

Brian Dowling has already been revealed as host of the main show, while Emma Willis will front new spin-off Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

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