Who Everyone Thought Prince Andrew Was Going To Marry Before Sarah Ferguson

Despite divorcing 10 years after they said “I do,” Prince Andrew and Sarah “Fergie” Ferguson have a very good relationship with one another. But there’s another ex the Duke of York has maintained a solid friendship with over the years as well and before he met Ferguson many thought that he was going to settle down with this actress.

Here’s who everyone thought was going to be the Duchess of York and why it didn’t work out.

The actress many people thought Andrew was going to marry

Koo Stark
Actress Koo Stark, former girlfriend of Britain’s Prince Andrew | LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Andrew’s first love was American actress Koo Stark, whose real name is
Kathleen Dee-Anne Stark.

The two were set up on a blind date by mutual friends in February 1981 and were together for 18 months after that.

During their relationship, they went on vacations to the Caribbean island of Mustique and according to The Daily Mail, things were so serious that Stark met Andrew’s family at ­Balmoral where she reportedly charmed the queen. But when something from Stark’s past surfaced the prince was forced to break up with her.

Why they split?

Prince Andrew and Koo Stark
Prince Andrew and Koo Stark | Dave Benett/Getty Images

It was revealed that Stark had done a nude scene in a racy film called Emily in 1976 when she was 17. This was a dealbreaker for a senior member of the royal family to be involved with a someone who filmed an explicit shower scene and Andrew had no choice but to end things with her.

“We do not know if the Queen was aware of the girl’s acting career before she was invited to Balmoral,” the Palace said in a statement at the time.

In her book, Prince Andrew: The War Hero from Buckingham Palace, Jessica Jayne noted that many people thought that Andrew and Stark were going to tie the knot had it not been for her past.

“If it weren’t for the revelations that she once starred in a soft-porn movie, many believed that Andrew may have married her,” Jayne wrote.

Stark said that over the years she and the duke have remained friends and Andrew is her daughter’s godfather.

When Andrew married Fergie

Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah Ferguson | John Shelley Collection/Avalon/Getty Images

The prince found love again after he split from Stark as he, of course, went on to marry Ferguson.

They wed in a lavish wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1986 and while this was a royal couple people were really rooting for they separated in 1992. Their divorce was finalized four years later but the exes are still very close today. In fact, the two still live together in the Royal Lodge at Windsor.

As for Stark, she married Green Shield Stamps heir Tim Jeffries. They ended up divorcing after four years of marriage. She was later engaged to
financier, Warren Walker, with whom she shares their daughter, but the two broke up and never made it down the aisle.

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