Before Princess Anne Divorced, She Was Involved In A Scandal That Left The Royal Family Shaken

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In March 1991 Heather Tonkin, an art teacher from New Zealand, claimed that Captain Phillips was the father of her five-year-old daughter, Felicity. “My ambition is to get Mark’s public acceptance of her,” she told the Daily Express, “and to be able to enter his name on her birth certificate.” Phillips, meanwhile, would go on to dispute her claims.

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However, it later transpired that Phillips had been making payments to Tonkin for five years. The Daily Express reported that officially Tonkin had been hired as Phillips’ “consultant on equestrian matters.” The newspaper also alleged that upon hearing about Tonkin’s pregnancy, Phillips had begged her to terminate it.

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