Princess Anne sparked Royal Family aides fury with ‘incredibly unsuitable’ partners


PRINCESS Anne had Royal Family aides despairing at her choice of “incredible suitable” partners through most of her life, a new documentary has claimed.

“We know she had seven boyfriends, she was the first royal child to divorce, she married a commoner. She was just rebellious.

“Some of the boyfriends were considered incredibly unsuitable.”

Mr Quinn noted Anne’s romantic life had begun with a good fit in former cavalry officer Gerald Ward, whom the Royal Family had reportedly approved of because of his close links to Prince Charles.

He continued: “Anne felt she was being sort of pushed slightly, nudged towards this eminently suitable character and I think she was very young, he was much older. He was too tweedy.”princess anne news royal family princess royal

Princess Anne had Royal Family aides worried with her “incredibly unsuitable” boyfriends (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Anne with her second boyfriend, polo player Sandy Harper (Image: GETTY)

Royal expert Richard Kay added: “Gerald Ward was a friend of the Royal Family, a friend of Prince Charles.

“He was very much in that sort of action man genre Anne was instinctively drawn to. Good rider, good horseman.”

Mr Ward was however 12 years Princess Anne’s senior and their relationship fizzled out within months of the pair first being linked to each other in 1968.

According to Mr Quinn, Anne’s second serious boyfriend, polo player Sandy Harper, also “set off alarm bells” among the royal household.

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Princess Anne ultimately settled down with Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 (Image: GETTY)

He continued: “The thing is that Sandy Harper did, the way he behaved, the way he dressed that set off alarm bells throughout the establishment.

“Although he had this background which was vaguely acceptable, he dressed very much like a hippie, long hair, he wore beads, long cheese-cloth shirts.

“But for Anne this was marvellous as she escaped that sort of tweedy world which was still core to the Royal Family.”

After a series of other relationships, Princess Anne ultimately settled down with her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, in 1973.

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Princess Anne married her second husband, Timothy Laurence, in 1992 (Image: GETTY)

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Princess Anne had two children from her first marriage (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK)

The royal couple welcomed two children, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, before divorcing in 1992.

The Princess Royal married second husband Timothy Laurence at a private Church of Scotland ceremony at Crathie Parish Church near Balmoral.

As Captain Phillips, Vice-Admiral Laurence received no title from Her Majesty upon marrying Anne but was later made an aide-de-camp to the Queen.

The couple normally splits their time between Anne’s Gloucestershire home, Gatcombe Park, and apartments at St. James’s Palace in London.


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