Remember that story about Michelle Obama maybe shutting down all of Madison Avenue so that she could go on a $50,000 lingerie shopping spree at Agent Provocateur with the Queen of Qatar Sheikha Moza? Well, in case you for some reason believed it — despite its inherent absurdity and the White House’s swift denial — The Telegraph would like to officially let you know that it wasn’t true.
Further to our article “First Lady’s luxury buys boost Agent Provocateur” (Jan 30), we would like to make clear that the “shopping spree” involving Her Highness Sheikha Moza and Michelle Obama that we referred to in fact never occurred, and that Her Highness has never been shopping with Mrs Obama, at Agent Provocateur or otherwise, and has never sought to have any part of New York closed off to enable her to shop undisturbed. We apologise for the distress and embarrassment this article caused.
Nope, it “never occurred”. Also, anyone else find it awkward that the retraction is addressed only to “Her Highness Sheikha Moza”?