Despite living a relatively secluded life away from the relentless scrutiny that frequently follows a member of the Royal Family, Princess Anne’s romantic life has been under a microscope since she was a young girl as the only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II.
They wed on November 14, 1973, and Captain Mark Phillips was Princess Anne’s first husband. Two children, Peter and Zara Phillips, were born to Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
Princess Anne married her second husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, on December 12, 1992, following her divorce from her first husband.
This morning, the princess celebrated her nearly 30-year wedding anniversary with her husband.
There is a new biography out on the royal family, and it claims that the Queen was “very” disappointed that three of her four children’s marriages ended in divorce.
The Friendship Between Princess and Mark Phillips Was Cemented Around a Shared Love of Horses
When Princess Anne fell in love, it was with a horse, and that love has never been separated from her passion for the equestrian arts. At a horse-riding competition in Mexico City in 1968, when she was just 18 years old, she met her future husband, Army captain Mark Phillips.
Anne apparently fell for Captain Phillips despite the fact that he was from a common military family in Britain and had no royalties. Phillips was an equestrian who also rose through the ranks of the military, competing in the Olympics in 1968, 1972, and 1988.
She Had to Break up With Andrew Parker Bowles Because of Her Royal Duties
Princess Anne was widely associated with Andrew Parker Bowles before the two finally settled down. You guessed it: the same Andrew Parker Bowles who later married (and divorced) the Duchess of Cornwall.
Anne was simultaneously linked to both Bowles and Richard Meade, although she never verified any of the rumours. Perhaps it’s for the best, considering her and Bowles’ marriage was doomed from the start.
This is because Bowles was a Catholic, and only Protestants were allowed to succeed to the throne under The Act of Settlement of 1701 (which was repealed in 2013).
It was stated in the documentary that “He and Anne were regularly seen together, but he was a Roman Catholic and for a royal that effectively put marriage out of the question.”
Nonetheless, no animosity developed, and the two remained close friends throughout their lives.
The Birth of Their Daughter Was a Watershed Moment for Them
It was around this time, according to the source, that the married couple began to spend much less time together and appear to be heading on different paths.
Anne prioritised her royal responsibilities while Phillips focused on equestrian-related commercial endeavours like creating a riding centre in Scotland.
It is said that they did not spend much time together while on the road and that even when they were, they slept in separate hotels. For the sake of their children, Anne and Phillips stayed together after that.
Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence Are Introduced
In 1986, Laurence became the Queen’s equerry, a personal helper in the royal household. According to sources close to Laurence, he and Anne quickly became fond of one another.
In his time of illness, Princess Anne pays a visit to Sir Timothy Laurence.
A visit from the princess to Laurence when he had shingles was not very noteworthy at the time, but it did lead to the eventual revelation of their affair.
The princess visited his house to cheer him up because she was so concerned about his health. There were other occurrences of this, and Tim was always appreciative of her thoughtfulness and concern.
Anne took her two small kids, Peter and Zara, to see their uncle, Laurence, as a neighbour saw.
Separation of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
Anne and Phillips announced their separation in August 1989, despite the fact that the palace first indicated they had no plans to divorce.
Laurence, when questioned by the press about his wife Anne’s split, “Obviously, it’s been a lot of work. In a few weeks, I’m anticipating everything to return to normal.”