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iowabelle 09-26-2005 07:44 PM

Captain Mark Phillips and Family
Does anyone know what's up with Bunny Tonkin, Mark Phillips' illegitimate daughter (born 1984)?

kelly1972 10-07-2005 07:38 AM

I have never heard anything about her at least in the last 10 yrs. I read something a little while ago, but I can't remember where exactly. That back in the early 90's Mark Phillips "paid off" her mother so to speak and that her paternity was revealed and the she really was his daughter. Other than that I have read nothing else.

sm1939 10-07-2005 08:23 AM

wasnt there a big thing about her , when Zara had a year in OZ a few years ago about weather Zara would see her or somthing ????

lashinka2002 10-07-2005 03:32 PM

This is something completely new to me!!!!
Did Mark Philips have an affair while he was married to Princes Anne & father another child??????
Holy smokes! Anne must have been furious! If so this is when you would wish it was more the medival times. She could have simply said "Off with his head!"

iowabelle 10-07-2005 04:07 PM

Yes, they were still married when Bunny was conceived.

I was looking through some old magazines (packrat that I am) and found some mention of this.

Bunny's mother was also an equestrian; I think that's how she met Mark Phillips. I think Bunny's mother was living in New Zealand at the time, and he must have travelled out there.

kelly1972 10-08-2005 09:38 AM

I too have been looking into books and magazines . It was Bunny's mother who asked for her paternity to be finally straightened out. Mark Phillips actually stated that the money was for "equestrian services". This I think was the finally blow to his and Princess Anne's marriage. Whether or not Peter or Zara have ever met her, I have never read anything about it. Both of them did spend their gap years in Australia.

kelly9480 10-08-2005 12:40 PM

Mark and Anne's marriage had already fallen apart by the time this happened. There are rumours about one of Anne's police protection officers actually being Zara's dad, and that would have occurred in 1980, so this wasn't the beginning of the end.

kelly1972 03-06-2006 09:49 PM

While searching the net for royal family pics I came across these ones of Felicity (Bunny) Tonkin. She's Mark Phillips illigetimate daughter. The pics are of her when she was younger and her as a teenager and one with her and her mother Heather Tonkin. ( photos from rexfeatures posted from my photobucket)

Canadiana 05-04-2006 07:03 PM

She's a pretty girl. I think if Mark Phillips was any kind of a man he'd try to have a relationship with her instead of ignoring her existence (if this is what he's doing). The mother didn't get pregnant on her own did she?

Kelly 05-04-2006 07:08 PM

How old would she be now?

Ok well I just answered my own question. She was born in 1985. Where does the name Bunny come from since her real name is Felicity Tonkin?

Chris922 05-04-2006 07:23 PM


Canadiana 05-07-2006 04:26 PM

Yea Bunny is cute name when you're a little girl but a bit silly as a woman. I guess it's just a nickname.

jellicoe 12-12-2006 10:14 PM

lol bunny?! fliss has never been called that in her life! she's 21 now and studying at uni, and yes she is gorgeous!

BeatrixFan 12-12-2006 10:17 PM

It was quite a popular name for men in the 1920s too.

libra65 12-13-2006 01:58 PM

My cousin Grace was nicknamed Bunny when she ws little because she was born on Easter Sunday. They stopped calling her that when she approached her teens though.

Roslyn 12-14-2006 05:29 AM


Originally Posted by jellicoe
lol bunny?! fliss has never been called that in her life! she's 21 now and studying at uni, and yes she is gorgeous!

Hmmm. Sounds like you have some inside knowledge. If I pounce over the ditch and tickle you, will you tell? :rofl:

HRH Queen Mary 04-25-2007 01:42 AM

Capt. Mark Phillips
whatever happened to Capt. Mark Phillips after the divorce. last i saw him was Lady Davina Windsor's wedding. Why was he there? I hope Princess Anne was not offended

Elspeth 04-25-2007 01:52 AM

If I remember right, I think Captain Phillips is a godfather to Lady Davina.

Roslyn 04-25-2007 03:23 AM

Mark Phillips and his family live in premises on Princess Anne's property, Gatcombe Park, as do Zara and her boyfriend. Mark coaches Zara, and I think his wife, Sandy, might coach her too. I get the impression Princess Anne gets on well with Mark and his new family.

principessa 05-07-2007 01:06 PM

Princess Anne and Mark Phillips
Does anyone know if Princess Anne is still in contact with her first husband?

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