Prince Andrew’s former girlfriend Koo Stark has claimed that the Queen ‘made it a point’ to be photographed with her by the paparazzi in a show of support after reports that she had been banished from the palace.
The American actress, 65, met the Duke of York, then second in line to the throne, having been introduced by a mutual acquaintance on his 21st birthday in February 1981.
Their relationship was discovered a year and a half later, and Koo was subjected to a frenzy of media attention when nude photos emerged of the actress starring in the 1976 film Emily.
She explained how she started the life of the ‘reluctant celebrity’ from then on – adding that Her Majesty invited her and Prince Andrew to picnic tea in an effort to ‘change the story’.
To write for Tatler, she wrote: ‘We were visible to the paparazzi and Her Majesty made it a point to crack open News of the World (front page headline: ‘QUEEN BANS KOO’).
Her actions spoke volumes as she poured tea. Her only verbal comment was, “Oh, I wish they would call you Kathleen and Andrew.” ‘
Koo Stark, Prince Andrew’s former girlfriend, has claimed that the Queen set up a photo shoot in which they drank tea together as a token of support. Pictured together at a champagne reception in aid of the NSPCC at Spencer House on June 22, 1999
In the photo, Her Majesty drinking tea at Mrs Susan McCarron’s house, in the Castlemilk area of Glasgow on July 7, 1999
The American actress, 65, (pictured in London, 2020) met the Duke of York, then second in line to the throne, after being introduced by a mutual acquaintance on his 21st birthday in February 1981.
The actress went on to say that when she wasn’t with Andrew, she had little choice but to move from boyfriend to boyfriend and even move to different countries over the course of two years as her address kept getting published.
After being told she was on an IRA hit list, Stark – whose daughter is the godchild of the Duke of York, sought advice Michael Shea – who was Her Majesty’s press secretary for nearly ten years.
Advising her to ‘do nothing’, the queen decided to do so ‘off yourself’ and in it 1983 accepted an amicable settlement over allegations that Andrew’s girlfriend had regularly spent the night at Buckingham Palace.
And according to Koo, the monarch was not the only monarch who made contact during that difficult time.
Recalling how her career was ‘irrevocably’ damaged overnight, Koo shared how the late Princess Diana, despite being under stress herself, was also ‘supportive’ and provided ‘valuable advice’ on how to deal with it. the royal life.
“Diana was very concerned, kind and supportive,” Stark wrote. “She was also under stress, even though she was so safe behind the palace gates.”
Koo said Diana, pictured in 1982, was ‘supportive’ in the midst of the scandal – giving ‘valuable advice’ on how to cope with royal life
Born in 1956, Koo attended the prestigious Miss Hewitt’s School for Young Ladies in New York before moving to London at the age of 14 to live with her father as a film producer.
After leaving Glendower school in West London, Koo began working as an actress, with roles in TV ads, plays and films.
She soon met the late novelist Graham Greene, whom she describes as a mentor and friend, who would later encourage her to take on the role of Emily Foster in the spirited 1976 film.
In 1981, Koo worked as an understudy at the National Theater in a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe and lived in a flat in Belgravia – where her landlady set a date for her daughter and Prince Andrew.
But when the daughter didn’t show up, 24-year-old Koo went on a date with the Duke instead, with the couple quickly becoming an item.
The actress described her meeting with Andrew’s family at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Windsor and Sandringham, eventually going on holiday with the Duke to Princess Margaret’s home in Mustique in 1982.
With Andrew fresh home from the fighting in the Falklands War, their relationship garnered hordes of media attention, with the pair eventually breaking up under the pressure of the nude photo furor.
The actress described her meeting with Andrew’s family at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Windsor and Sandringham. The couple has been pictured together in 1999
She soon befriended photographer Norman Parkinson and began photographing and making film stills all over the world, including Jordan and Nepal.
She was later invited to India to attend the inauguration of Dzogchen Monastery and met the Dalai Lama, who introduced her to Buddhism.
In December 1994, Koo Warren met ‘Robbie’ Walker and became pregnant with their child in 1996. But relations between the couple broke down in late 1999, and a series of lawsuits have arisen over the years in courts on both sides of the Atlantic. that followed.
In 2002, Koo underwent a mastectomy after being diagnosed with second stage breast cancer.
In February of this year, she was handed a court bill of £ 285,000 on top of six-figure court costs after a judge dismissed a claim that her former beloved financier agreed to pay her £ 50,000 a year for life.