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The Duchess of York's friend, John Bryan, was yesterday made bankrupt over "substantial" debts, including pounds 30,000 owed to her sister.

After a 20-minute private hearing before Mr Deputy Registrar Brettle, solicitor Kathryn Garbett, who is acting for Jane and Rainer Luedecke, said: "We are pleased with the successful outcome of our client's applciation. Mr Bryan had over six months to settle his obligation to meet our clients' costs arising from the judgment against him in July 1994." She added: "Mr Bryan is solely responsible for the predicament in which he now finds himself."

The petition was brought by the Luedeckes over pounds 30,000 costs incurred in a legal battle over Hello! magazine's exclusive photographs of their wedding. In July 1994, the High Court ordered Mr Bryan to pay them pounds 55,000 after arranging the magazine coverage. The couple claimed he breached the agreement they had with him. None of the parties attended court.

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