Rapper and music producer Will.I.AM is lining up an unusual collaboration, after the Voice coach revealed a project in the pipeline with former Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson.
The ex-wife of Prince Andrew is affectionately known in the press as Fergie, the same as former Black Eyed Peas singer, Fergie.
- FILE PHOTO JUNE 1986 - The solicitors of Britain's Duke and Duchess of York, pictured before their 1986 wedding, announced April 16 the couple are to divorce. [The marriage between Queen Elizabeth II's second son Andrew and Sarah Ferguson is likely to be over by May said the statement from the solicitors of both.]
The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson (C) smiles with her daughters Beatrice (L) and Eugenie as they wait for the ski lift in the Swiss resort of Verbier April 20
Wearing her wedding and engagement rings The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson promotes her new book "Sarah, The Duchess of York" during a book signing November 25. The book tells of her marriage and divorce from Prince-Andrew, her affair with Johnny-Bryan and her relationship with the Royal family.
The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson (L) poses next to a man, dressed in the uniform of Queen Elizabeth's guard, prior to a book signing hour in Lugner's shopping center, February 6. The Duchess was guest of honour of Austrian building magnate Richard Lugner at the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna and was reportedly being paid USD 50,000 for her attendance.
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Tiger Woods walks off the 18th green with the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson (R), his mother Tida Woods, and caddie Mike Cowan (L) after winning the $1.8 million Byron Nelson Classic at the TCP at Las Colinas Golf Course in Irving, May 18. Woods, in his first tournament since dominating The Masters, finished at 17-under-par.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, speaks to Larry King during an interview November 20, Sarah Ferguson appeared on the Larry King Live program on the CNN network in New York.
Sarah Ferguson, Britain's Duchess of York and her daughters Eugenie (R) and Beatrice, pose for photographers prior to going skiing on the slopes near the Swiss resort of Verbier February 16.
Britains's Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson (top R) and daughters Eugenie (below L) and Beatrice (below R) pose for photographers with Ex-husband Prince Andrew (top L) in the Swiss resort of Verbier February 19. Prince Andrew joined his family for his 38th birthday.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York leaves a memorial service for her mother, Susan Barrantes at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, December 15. Barrantes was killed in a car crash last September near her home in Argentina.
Britain's Prince Andrew (rear L), the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson (rear R) and their daughters Eugenie (front L) and Beatrice pose for photographers prior to going skiing on the slopes near Verbier, Switzerland, February 19. Members of the Royal family continue to take their winter holidays in Swiss resorts.
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, smiles after drinking lemon juice in the British ambassador's residence in Warsaw December 2. The Duchess was awarded the Order of the Smile by a Polish children's charity foundation on Thursday and under a local custom, a laureate of the Order has to drink a glass of pure lemon juice and smile. Ferguson is watched by an unidentified member of the order at right.
Britain's Princess Beatrice (C) arrives for her first day at St George's school in Ascot with her parents Britain's Prince Andrew (R) and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, September 6, 2000. The Duke and Duchess decided to send her to St. George's School after the Swiss school where she was supposed to attend was caught up in a police investigation.
The Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson is seen in this November 8, 2000 file photo in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta. Prince Philip, husband of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, has barred his former daughter-in-law the Duchess of York from celebrating Christmas with the royal family, a British newspaper reported on Friday.
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Sarah Ferguson (L) and Prince Charles (R) look on as the Dalai Lama delivers a lecture at Central Hall in Westminster, London, May 28, 2004. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who is on a seven day visit to Britain, gave a speech entitled 'A Human Approach To World Peace'. REUTERS/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool. DBP/CRB
Sarah Ferguson (L), Duchess of York, poses with McDonald's character "Ronald McDonald" during a media event for the 2005 World Children's Day at the Ronald McDonald house in Los Angeles November 15, 2005. World Children's Day will be celebrated on November 20, 2005, a global program to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities which provides services for children's causes. REUTERS/Fred Prouser
Robin Williams (L) and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York take over the auction reins at the amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2006 event in Mougins, France May 25, 2006.
Britain's Princess Beatrice (L) and her mother Sarah Ferguson arrive for a [pre-World Cup party at the Herfordshire home of David and Victoria Beckham] in southern England May 21, 2006.
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Actress Sigourney Weaver arrives with Sarah Ferguson at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 17, 2010. REUTERS/ Mario Anzuoni (GOLDENGLOBES-ARRIVALS) (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Britain's Prince Andrew and his former wife Sarah Ferguson pose with their daughter Beatrice, following her graduation ceremony at Goldsmiths College in London September 9, 2011. REUTERS/Ian Nicholson/Pool (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT EDUCATION SOCIETY ROYALS)
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Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain - June 23, 2017 Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and Princess Eugenie REUTERS/Toby Melville
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, and Princess Beatrice of York arrive for the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain October 12, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Will said: "I'm doing a project with Fergie. She writes poetry and I want to do poetry over my beats. She brought it up. She said: 'imagine my poetry over your beats?'"
"She's my homegirl. We do tea all the time. She came to my project, she came to my ghetto. Royal Fergie and Prince Andrew came to my ghetto to mentor my kids at my school. I love her. And her daughter Beatrice. She's the coolest. I love her eyes."
The pairing may seem unusual, but it would appear it may have been in the pipeline for quite a while. Last year, Will joked to The Sun's Bizarre he was considering lining up the former Duchess as a replacement for her namesake who had previously left the hip-hop outfit. Will said: "I was gonna call Princess Beatrice and take her mum's offer up, we're going to bring the duchess in. I'm sure nobody will notice."
He continued he had already met Fergie, while discussing a poetry project with Oprah Winfrey. He said: "We talked about doing a project together because she has awesome poems, poetry that she does. Her and Oprah, we hung out. We were bumpin' in the car in the whip and Fergie was like, 'Yo, turn that s*** up'."
Will.I.AM has been taken into the heart's of British telly fans since becoming a judge and coach on prime time singing competition The Voice in 2012. He is the only coach on the show to be present since its inception in 2012, right up until this years series, which revealed the finalists in an episode screened last night.