Day two of Royal Ascot saw the Royal Family out in force yet again. Princess Anne, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were all in the royal box – and so too was the fourth person in their former love ‘square’ – Andrew Parker Bowles.
A former boyfriend of Princess Anne and the ex-husband of Camilla, Andrew’s romance with the two was depicted in season three of The Crown.
He first met Princess Anne in the early 1970s, with the two sharing a mutual love of equestrian sports. A few years later, he married Camilla Shand, now the Duchess of Cornwall, who had recently been in a relationship with Prince Charles.
Andrew and Camilla were married from 1973 until 1995, and the couple have two children – the step-siblings of the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex – Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowles.
Meanwhile Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, divorcing in 1996, and Princess Anne first married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973 before divorcing and re-marrying Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence in 1992.
Andrew has remained on good terms with both his exes – he was in attendance at Camilla and Charles’ wedding in 2005 and is the godfather of Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall.
Also in the royal box at Ascot yesterday were Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex. There is speculation that the Queen might attend today, on day three, for the Gold Cup. However, due to Covid restrictions, there will be no carriage procession, and instead she will arrive by limousine.
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