Royal Scandals that No Amount of Money Could Cover Up
Royal Scandals that No Amount of Money Could Cover Up

Royal Scandals that No Amount of Money Could Cover Up

Alli - October 31, 2021

Royal Scandals that No Amount of Money Could Cover Up
Queen Elizabeth II. Getty Images.

Annus Horribilis

The year 1992 will forever go down in history as Queen Elizabeth II’s “annus horribilis” (horrible year). That year, three of the Queen’s four children (Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and Princess Anne) took steps towards ending their respective marriages. If that wasn’t bad enough, later that same year, Anne remarried despite that her ex-husband was still alive. Perhaps even more scandalously, this episode marked the first – but not the last – time a British monarch’s child remarried after divorce.

The tension between the media and the royals came to a head several times throughout the year through events such as the publication of Princess Diana’s tell-all memoir which exposed scandals within the family and reporting of the Duchess of York’s affair with her financial advisor. Hit after hit against the royal family culminated in the Queen’s speech and her remarking, “there can be no doubt… that criticism is good for people and institutions that are part of public life… But we are all part of the same fabric of our national society and that scrutiny, by one part of another, can be just as effective if it is made with a touch of gentleness, good humour and understanding.”

Royal Scandals that No Amount of Money Could Cover Up
Captain Mark Phillips and Princess Anne on their wedding day. Wikimedia.

When Captain Mark Phillips had a Lovechild

Hidden for almost four decades, intimate details about an affair involving Princess Anne’s former husband, Captain Mark Phillips, were revealed by New Idea. Over 30 years ago, Phillips fathered a secret love child with New Zealander Heather Tonkin. An art teacher. Her name is Felicity Tonkin. While still married to Princess Anne, Captain Mark Phillips had a one-night affair with the art teacher. She became pregnant and had the baby, who is now the half-sister of Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips. It was reported that Phillips asked the woman to end the pregnancy. However, according to royal sources, Mark has been “in denial” about his daughter since the day she was born.

Mark secretly paid his one-time lover a meagre $12,000 a year in child support, but refused to have anything more to do with his secret daughter. When the payments trailed off, Heather sought to secure a better deal for Felicity, however Mark refused to be named on her birth certificate. In 1991 a court ordered DNA test proved he was the father. Defending her decision to make the matter public and threaten Phillips with court action, Tonkin said in a previous interview, “I am doing what I am doing for my child. I hope and pray Mark will do the right thing and make a proper and legally binding settlement on her. “I wish I could wake up one morning in the knowledge that the record had been put straight and I don’t have to worry any more. Nothing can compensate for the tears I have cried while trying to plan for Bunny’s future, when at any moment I could find myself penniless.”

Where do we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary,_Queen_of_Scots

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Philip-IV-king-of-France

https://www.insider.com/princess-diana-threat-to-camilla-from-moment-they-met-2021-2

https://www.historyplace.com/speeches/edward.htm

https://www.historyextra.com/period/a-big-day-in-history-when-william-ii-met-his-demise-in-the-new-forest/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/william_ii_king.shtml

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Anne-Boleyn

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/2002/11/22/princess-anne-is-fined-court-for-dog-attack/84d48f03-dbcc-4fbe-a439-92afaddd986b/

https://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/articles/the-windsor-castle-fire-25-facts/

 

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