Princess Anne snub: Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips not only ones refused royal titles

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Princess Anne, 69, has dedicated her adult life to serving the Crown and carries out hundreds of royal engagements every year. The down-to-earth Princess Royal is at exemplar in her role and is praised for her no-fuss approach to royal duty. However, Anne chose to raise her two children Zara Tindall, 39, and Peter Phillips, 42, outside the royal bubble and refused royal titles for them, despite the Queen’s offer.


This means Zara and Peter have grown up with more freedom than some of their royal cousins and have been able to pursue careers outside the Royal Family.

Zara followed in her parents’ footsteps to become a professional equestrian and won silver in the London 2012 Olympics.

While Peter has had a varied career and worked for companies as diverse as Jaguar, Williams F1 racing team and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Princess Anne will be 70 on August 15 and ahead of her milestone birthday, the royal gave a rare interview to Vanity Fair.

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Princess Anne snub: Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips not only ones refused royal titles (Image: PA/Getty)

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Princess Anne snub: Zara and Peter were raised without royal titles (Image: GETTY)

In the interview, she touched on her decision not to give her children titles.

The Princess Royal said: “I think it was probably easier for them, and I think most people would argue that there are downsides to having titles.

“So I think that was probably the right thing to do.”

Princess Anne did not only dismiss royal titles for her children but for her first husband Captain Mark Phillips too.

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Princess Anne snub: Anne chose to give her children a down to earth upbringing (Image: GETTY)

Mark Phillips is Zara and Peter’s father and married Princess Anne in 1973.

According to royal tradition men who marry into the Royal Family do not inherit their wife’s titles, while the reverse is true.

This being the case, the Queen is understood to have offered Mark an earldom, which was rejected by his wife, a royal expert has claimed.

Constitutional expert Iain MacMarthanne told “Both Princess Alexandra of Kent, and Princess Anne refused titles for their husbands and in consequence were also know as Mrs Ogilvy and Mrs Phillips respectively.”


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Mr MacMarthanne explained the custom of non-royal husbands being offered titles ahead of marrying a Princess only emerged after First World War.

Before 1917, British Princesses were used as political pawns and almost always married off into foreign royal families to secure international ties.

However, when British Princesses began to marry non royals, their husbands were offered peerages.

This is why Prince Philip was made the Duke of Edinburgh ahead of his marriage to the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth.)

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Princess Anne snub: Anne’s first husband Mark Phillips didn’t take a royal title upon their marriage (Image: GETTY)

Another example is Princess Margaret’s husband Anthony Armstrong Jones who became Earl Snowden upon marrying into the Fold.

Princess Anne’s children have both been interviewed about their childhood in a new documentary about their mother ahead of her 70th birthday.

Speaking in ITV’s Anne: The Princess Royal at 70, Zara says: « For me and like… family occasions were all about hanging out with our cousins and just having as much fun as possible. »

Her older brother Peter chimed in: « You then get a clip round the ear and say right, behave yourself, you know, we’re going out on the balcony. Don’t pick your nose and you know, don’t yawn. »

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