Inside Princess Anne's Unexpected Love Life — Including a Romance with Camilla's First Husband

As depicted in The Crown, the Queen's only daughter has had a storied love life

Princess Anne, and her husband Lieutenant Mark Phillips, Buckingham Palace
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Princess Anne in the grounds of Sandringham, before the 1969 Royal Tour of Australia and New Zealand.
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One of the first men Princess Anne was ever linked to was Eton-educated and former cavalry officer Gerald Ward. Although the two never confirmed their romance, it's believed that they were close — and Ward eventually became a godfather to Prince Harry.

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Princess Anne was a skilled rider, so it's no surprise that one of the first men that she was ever linked to was a horseman himself: Richard Meade, who won three gold medals in the Olympics.

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Princess Anne and Richard Meade
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Meade's children are very close friends of Prince William and Harry, with William naming him among Louis' godparents.

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The Princess Royal and Andrew Parker Bowles
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The Queen's daughter was also linked to Andrew Parker Bowles in her young adult years — the man who would be the first husband of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Some have speculated that Camilla may never have struck up a romance with Prince Charles if her then-boyfriend hadn't struck up an affair with his royal sibling.

Anne and Andrew remained close throughout the years, as seen in a picture from their 2016 outing to the Cheltenham Festival.

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Princess Anne, and her husband Lieutenant Mark Phillips, Buckingham Palace

Princess Anne went on to marry Captain Mark Phillips just four months after her affair with Andrew ended, after meeting at a party for horse enthusiasts in 1968.

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Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Mark Phillips (3rd from left) wave from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following their wedding with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex (L), Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (4th from right), Queen Elizabeth II (3rd from right), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (2nd right) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on November 14, 1973 in London, England.
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The couple went on to have two children: Peter and Zara Phillips.

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Princess Anne on her wedding day with her husband Mark Phillips
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However, the marriage fell apart after 19 years.

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Commander Tim Laurence and the Princess Royal
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Princess Anne went on to marry Timothy Laurence in December 1992, eight months after her divorce from Phillips.

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Anne (R), Princess Royal of Great Britain, and her husband, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy James Hamilton Laurence

The two are still together.

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