PUBLISHED: 11:53, Wed, Sep 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:58, Wed, Sep 2, 2020
Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, who married the Princess Royal in 1992, said he found royal palaces to be “full of laughter”. He added that the thing which binds Anne together with her mother Queen Elizabeth II and her father Prince Philip is fun and a sense of humour. Anne is frequently compared to her father, who shares her confident, no-nonsense attitude, and much commented on sense of humour.
Speaking on ITV documentary ‘Anne: The Princess Royal at 70’, Timothy said: “Similarities with her father are much talked about.
“What is less spoken about is the similarities with her mother, the Queen.
“The common theme is humour, fun.
“One of the great surprises for me when I first went to Balmoral and Sandringham and Windsor was that these places are full of laughter.”
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Princess Anne's husband was surprised that royal palaces were full of laughter (Image: GETTY)
Balmoral Castle is the Queen's Scottish residence (Image: GETTY)
The Vice Admiral first experienced these royal residences when he was serving as Equerry to the Queen.
It was during his time serving as a military assistant to her mother that Anne met Timothy, although she was still married to Captain Mark Phillips at the time.
She and Timothy started an extramarital affair, which they kept expertly under wraps until love letters from the naval officer were stolen from the princess’ briefcase in 1989.
The letters were sent to The Sun, who then handed them over to Scotland Yard.
Tim has been a strong support for Anne over the last three decades (Image: GETTY)