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Old 05-06-2012, 09:14 AM
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While it's true that we don't know the whole story, it's rather tacky the way this whole thing has been handled. If he had been divorced for a while, then it would be a different story.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:26 AM
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Mark has a long track record of cheating on his wife it shouldn't have been a huge surprise for his second wife. Mark spends several months a year in the States and has for awhile I gather his wife wasn't with him. He is already in Florida looking for a home with her don't know if it will last or not sometimes it's more fun and less real sneaking around together. At least he admits to his daughter with his second wife! Karma will come around it isn't a great way to start of a relationship.
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Really, the prim and less than good looking Anne was busy writing love letters to her and probably sleeping with her, now, trapped, husband, Tim Laurence. Her brother had a lover, so what does this make this guy. They are all a pack of ......
What does that make this guy? Pretty normal. Millions and millions of people have extramarital affairs. Sometime it leads to divorce, sometimes it doesn't. In a perfect world where humans always acted rationally it wouldn't happen, but it's not a perfect world and every human being has their flaws and weaknesses. Relatively open marriages are pretty common in the upper classes of society, not only in the UK but in other countries too (Juan Carlos and Carl Gustaf anyone?).

Oh, and why use the term 'less than good looking'? Why do you feel the need to bash Anne's looks to make your point?
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:42 AM
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Really, the prim and less than good looking Anne was busy writing love letters to her and probably sleeping with her, now, trapped, husband, Tim Laurence. Her brother had a lover, so what does this make this guy. They are all a pack of ......
As usually you are absolutely correct.

Zara's father Captain Mark Phillips facing calls to resign from US eventing team over his affair with Olympic rider 30 years his junior | Mail Online

The worst part is that the other woman decided to tell her side of the story. It would have been much better not to complicate the already dirty situation.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:48 PM
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Some people just don't care if their spouses are faithful. I'm guessing his new young woman wants the mild cachet of having been married to him; a teensy step up the society ladder for her.

Or is she somebody already?
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The new girlfriend is 35. Zara was born in 1981. Ergo, Zara's about four years younger than her father's girlfriend. That must feel really strange. :S
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:05 AM
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Some people just don't care if their spouses are faithful. I'm guessing his new young woman wants the mild cachet of having been married to him; a teensy step up the society ladder for her.

Or is she somebody already?
Or maybe they just love each other?? Sometimes it is really very simple.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:21 PM
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Or is she somebody already?
I think it is fair to say that in the showjumping world she is already a somebody, having competed internationally as a member of the United States team. Animal Planet :: Rolex Equestrian World Cup Finals
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I wonder if he's trying to set a record for being married to the highest number of former Olympians :)

He's got to be getting close now...
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Spletnik -Zara Philips' father divorces his wife
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What does that make this guy? Pretty normal. Millions and millions of people have extramarital affairs. Sometime it leads to divorce, sometimes it doesn't. In a perfect world where humans always acted rationally it wouldn't happen, but it's not a perfect world and every human being has their flaws and weaknesses. Relatively open marriages are pretty common in the upper classes of society, not only in the UK but in other countries too (Juan Carlos and Carl Gustaf anyone?).

Oh, and why use the term 'less than good looking'? Why do you feel the need to bash Anne's looks to make your point?
You are right. It is not fair, nor correct. I, think, it was another poster that said Anne"must have been deluded to marry this man". She was not much better.
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what is unattractive about this couple?

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Old 05-08-2012, 02:40 PM
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Ha you'd so right, and princess Anne was also, when she refused to give him an earldom, even on the expense of her own children's titles... Imagine there would be a few countess of whatever...
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Ha you'd so right, and princess Anne was also, when she refused to give him an earldom, even on the expense of her own children's titles... Imagine there would be a few countess of whatever...
Anne didn't refuse to give mark a title. He was offered and turned it down so their children could have a quiet life.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:22 AM
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I do remember reading in a biography of the queen that Anne refused a title saying that her children would be so far down the line that it wouldn't serve any purpose. Lord Snowdown's was given a title based on his relationship to Princess Margaret and that his children, grandchildren of George VI, would not be titleless yet he did remarry, good for him and his next set of children are titled due to this.
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Angus Ogilvy also reportedly turned down the chance to receive an earldom, and that was the model Anne & Mark followed.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:44 PM
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Nothing really. Captain Phillip's smile looks a bit dodgy compared to Anne's regal look, however.

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Old 05-10-2012, 01:08 AM
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The new girlfriend is 35. Zara was born in 1981. Ergo, Zara's about four years younger than her father's girlfriend. That must feel really strange. :S

To put it more bluntly Mark is definitely old enough to be her father as he has a son who is 35 this year (Peter).
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