When Mark Phillips Was Married To Princess Anne, He Had A Secret That Sparked A Royal Scandal

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It was November 14, 1973, and a happy British couple were exchanging their vows to officially become husband and wife. The extravagant wedding ceremony was taking place at Westminster Abbey, and as the storied venue they were getting hitched in might suggest, the bride and groom were no ordinary Joes. Yes, the ecstatic pair getting hitched on that day were Army Captain Mark Phillips and Princess Anne, the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. But little did the blissful couple know that years into the marriage, the groom would harbor a dark secret, one which would spark a major royal scandal.

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Yes, years after the Princess and Phillips married on that memorable November day in 1973, problems began to surface in their marriage. By the mid-1980s those problems would give rise to a scandal that would shake the British royal family to its very core. In 1991 the shocking transgression would become public knowledge after an unwelcome confession.

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