In 1983, Heather Tonkin, a New Zealand art teacher attended a riding clinic taught by Mark Phillips, then married to Princess Anne. A year later, they met again for what can only be described as a one-night stand. Neither Heather, who was "infatuated" with Mark, nor Mark, apparently used birth control, and nine months later, in August 1985, Heather gave birth to Mark's third child, a daughter, Felicity.
Miss Tonkin was eventually able to obtain a confidential settlement for Felicity, although Mark Phillips has never publicly acknowledged that he is Felicity's father, although a DNA test confirmed the relationship.
Felicity has never met Phillips and does not have any contact with her three half-siblings. Mark also has a daughter by his second wife, Sandy.
Zara and Felicity share a common DNA: the same father, but I think it is a stretch to call Felicity a relative.
I’ve thought about telling my side of the story,’ she confided to a friend. ‘But I’m not sure there’s much point. I don’t want to create bother for them and I like my life quiet. I just like getting on with it.’
Felicity, an equine vet, told a friend: " I’ve thought about telling my side of the story. But I’m not sure there’s much point. I don’t want to create bother for them and I like my life quiet. I just like getting on with it.’