Then in April 1989 another scandal rocked the pair’s marriage. Tabloid newspaper The Sun acquired letters that had seemingly been stolen from Princess Anne. The newspaper subsequently passed them over to the police. But then, in a surprising move, the royal household issued a statement revealing whom the letters had been written by.
“The stolen letters were addressed to the Princess Royal by Commander Timothy Laurence, the Queen’s Equerry,” the statement read. “We have nothing to say about the contents of personal letters sent to Her Royal Highness by a friend which were stolen and which are the subject of a police investigation.” As a result, the media speculated luridly about the relationship between the Princess and Laurence.