Anonymous sources who claimed to have read the letters stated that they were romantic in nature, but the sources gave no hint that the pair had a sexual relationship. “Obviously, Tim and the princess were physically attracted to each other, but their friendship goes deeper than that,” one such source was quoted as saying by People magazine. “He cares for her in the way her husband does not.”
Later on that year, then, the seemingly inevitable happened: the couple announced their separation. Not a divorce, though. Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips would be parting ways, the Palace announced, but they would still remain technically married. If either party was hoping for some sort of reconciliation, however, it wasn’t forthcoming. Indeed, eighteen months later, another bombshell was dropped.