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The Princess Royal turns 70 today and a special documentary aired last month to mark the occasion. ITV’s documentary “Anne: The Princess Royal at 70” starred Tim, Anne’s usually calm husband, in an unprecedented interview. Tim even made a cheeky comment about Anne’s taste in men, noting a key similarity between him and her ex-husband Mark.

He pointed out that they are both military officers – Mark was in the military and Tim was in the navy – adding that he found it “fun”.Tim said: “It’s pretty funny that she married first an army officer, then a naval officer.

“So there must be something about the military that attracts him.

However, the similarities don’t end there.

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Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence made some comments about himself and Mark Phillips (Image: GETTY)

Anne married Mark Phillips in 1973 (Image: GETTY)

Former Daily Express reporter Ashley Walton noted in the 2002 Channel 4 documentary “The Real Princess Anne” how similar the two men were.

He said, “They are both calm men. They are similar types – tall, beautiful, and quiet.

“You can’t imagine they’re very exciting, one or the other. ”

Royal journalist James Whittaker suggested that neither of the two men could ‘cope’ very well with Anne, due to her strong personality.

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Anne married Tim in 1992 (Image: GETTY)

He said, “She’s a strong woman; I can’t think of anyone who could really face Anne very successfully and there are definitely two of Mark and Tim who can’t.

Tim and Anne met when he was squire to his mother, the Queen.

The princess was still married to Mark at the time and the couple entered into a secret love affair, involving many trips to her home in Worcestershire.

Finally, the secret came out in 1989 when love letters were stolen from Anne’s briefcase at Buckingham Palace and sent to The Sun.

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Princess Anne and Timothy Laurence shortly after their wedding (Image: GETTY)

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The Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence in 2018 (Image: GETTY)

As the newspaper handed the letters to the Metropolitan Police, Buckingham Palace admitted the letters were from Tim and Anne’s marriage status was revealed.

They quickly separated and then divorced in 1992.

In the end, Scotland Yard was never able to find who stole Anne’s letters and exposed her relationship.

After a four-month investigation in which nearly everyone in the palace was interviewed and around 500 fingerprints were taken, police were unable to say, definitively, who stole the letters.

Just weeks after the divorce was finalized, Anne went to her first event with Tim, the Caledonian Ball.

They danced happily together and photos were published in the newspapers.

Royal photographer Jayne Fincher recalled: “It was the first time I saw her truly happy for years, years and years.

“And I was just like ‘good good for her’ and I was really happy for her.

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Princess Anne talks to her ex-husband Mark Phillips (Image: GETTY)

Later that same year, Anne married Tim in a small ceremony in Scotland, something that was considered more of her style than the extravagant fairytale wedding in 1973.

Mark remarried too – to Sandy Pflueger in 1997, with whom she had a daughter – but sadly they separated in 2012 and announced their intention to divorce.

Meanwhile, Anne and Tim have proven to be a powerful couple, working well together for the past 27 years.

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Mark Phillips is believed to be on good terms with Anne (Image: GETTY)

Anne’s son Peter Phillips said in the recent documentary about his mother: “They both understand what it means to be part of the extended family and what is needed.

“And for over 25 years, they’ve been together now, he’s been a really strong support for her.

Tim added, “We’re both mapping and graphing people, we like to know where we’re at and see where we’re going.”



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