What happened to ex Mark Phillips?

Princess Anne’s love life is documented tonight (February 20th) in Princess Anne: The 7 Loves of Her Life.

As the title suggests, as the show progresses, claims are made that the Queen’s eldest daughter may have worked with seven male partners.

These include proposals that Olympic rider Richard Meade, bodyguard Peter Cross and Andrew Parker-Bowles should court Princess Anne.

The stories discussed also include speculation by royal observers about possible applicants for the Princess Royal.

Despite the tabloid stories and royal gossip, Anne married Mark Phillips in 1973.


Princess Anne with her current husband Sir Timothy Laurence (Photo Credit: SplashNews.com)

Who was Princess Anne’s first husband?

Princess Anne married Mark Phillips in 1973 and they had two children together, Peter and Zara.

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They divorced in 1992 and Anne married her second husband, Timothy Laurence, later that year.

But what happened to Mark Phillips after they split up?

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Princess Anne’s love life is revealed in The 7 Loves of Her Life on Channel 5 (Image Credit: SplashNews.com)

What happened to Mark Phillips?

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips were married for 18 years.

They apparently first met at a party in 1968. At that time he was a lieutenant in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guard.

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Their engagement was announced in May 1973 and they later married in November at Westminster Abbey.

The ceremony drew an estimated television audience of 100 million viewers.

How many children and grandchildren does Princess Anne have?

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips share Peter and Zara – but they are also grandparents of four children.

Both Peter and Zara have two daughters, with Zara currently pregnant with their third baby.

Mark Phillips also fathered a daughter, Felicity, outside of his marriage in 1985.

A DNA test in 1991 reportedly proved he was Felicity’s father.

How did their marriage end?

The couple announced their intention to split in 1989 after rumors said that the relationship was not all right.

It was also alleged that both of them tackled extramarital affairs.

Anne, then 39, expressed her intention to continue living at the Gatcombe Park family home in Gloucestershire.

Mark Phillips continued to work on the family estate.

However, their divorce was announced and finalized in just 10 days in April 1992.

Photo for Princess Anne's 70th birthday
Princess Anne turned 70 last August (Photo credit: SplashNews.com)

Did he remarry?

Yes – Mark Phillips married Sandy Pflueger, an American rider, in February 1997.

In October of that year they became parents of a daughter.

Who is Princess Anne married to now?

Princess Anne is now married to Sir Timothy Laurence.

They tied the knot in 1992 after meeting in 1989 when it was serving on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

It was rumored that they had an affair while Anne was still married.

The couple have no children together.

Princess Anne: The 7 Loved Ones in Your Life will air on Channel 5 this evening (February 20th) at 9pm

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