Sarah Ferguson was lauded as a breath of fresh air in the stuffy world of royal protocol when she married Prince Andrew 2 1/2 years ago, but Monday the Duchess of York is known in some quarters as "Her Royal Idleness" and "Freeloading Fergie."

Britain's brassy tabloids also are calling her "Duchess Dolittle" for what they view as her love of holidays and jet-setting lifestyle.A recent scorecard listing the public engagements of Britain's royal family put Andrew, a Royal Navy lieutenant, at the bottom with only 30 last year.

Sarah was next with 55, less than half those performed by her husband's 88-year-old grandmother, Queen Mother Elizabeth.

Buckingham Palace noted that Andrew, as a naval officer, was not expected to have other commitments and that Sarah gave birth to their first chid in August.