Brit millionaire ‘princess’ found sleeping homeless on streets of Milan a year after vanishing ‘suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder’.
Ariane Lak was spotted by a private detective in a busy shopping area of the Italian city after her wealthy family hired him to track her down.
Lak, who claims to be a descendent of the Iranian Qajar monarchy, was last seen some 20 months ago at a hotel in Milan.
It is thought the 50-year-old lost her memory in a violent mugging before she was eventually found in the Piazza Cesare Beccaria.
She was quoted as saying after she was found: “I cannot explain… Maybe I was walking, I was assaulted and robbed – I fell to the ground, I hit my head.
“I was rummaging in bins, trying to eat, I was standing in front of restaurants and hotels so I could eat something.”
Lak’s current whereabouts and condition have not been made public while the investigation is ongoing.
Her family are now believed to be making plans to bring her back to the UK.