Page last updated at 14:16 GMT, Thursday, 3 September 2009 15:16 UK

Duchess pays bills after claims

Duchess of York
The duchess settled the bills some time ago, her spokeswoman said

The Duchess of York has settled three outstanding bills after her creditors went to court over the unpaid accounts, her spokeswoman has said.

An accountancy business, solicitors and a photography firm made county court claims against Sarah Ferguson to retrieve £21,539, according to reports.

Her spokeswoman confirmed court action had been taken but, when asked, denied the duchess had financial concerns.

"All of these matters have now been dealt with," she said.

Accountant MJ Brooks of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, has refused to comment on reports in the Daily Mail and the Sun that the firm launched proceedings at the Central London County Court in June over an outstanding bill of £17,672.

'Private matter'

An official at Guildford County Court confirmed another civil action against the duchess, brought by Shades Photographic studio in Woking, Surrey, to recover £2,117, had been settled.

In addition, an unnamed law firm also launched court proceedings at Northampton County Court over a £1,750 debt, according to the Daily Mail and the Sun.

In a statement the duchess's spokeswoman, who confirmed the outstanding bills had been settled some time ago, added: "The duchess employs a team of accountants to deal with her personal finances.

"As far as her personal finances are concerned, this is a private matter."

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