Prince Andrew's ex-flame Koo Stark made bankrupt

Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:51am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Former actress Koo Stark, a one-time girlfriend of Britain's Prince Andrew, was made bankrupt at London's High Court on Friday.

The order, which the 54-year-old had tried to fight, was made in relation to a 38,680 pound ($62,000) unpaid bill from a stay at the five-star Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London's upmarket Knightsbridge in 2008, the Press Association reported.

"It seems to me that the only conclusion I can come to is that there is no reasonable prospect of this debt being paid within a reasonable time," said Mr. Registrar Jacques.

The Registrar said when the matter was before him two weeks ago, he had made it clear that if the debt was not paid a bankruptcy order would follow.

Andrew Veen, Stark's lawyer, told the Bankruptcy Court her "financial circumstances do not arise from any financial mismanagement."

After the proceedings, the actress-turned-photographer left the court declining to comment to waiting reporters.

American-born Stark dated Prince Andrew in the early 1980s for about 18 months.

(Reporting by London newsroom; Editing by Steve Addison)