Princess Anne, 72, and Captain Mark Phillips, who turned 74 today, were married between 1973 and 1992. That same year, the Princess Royal got remarried, this time to naval officer Timothy Laurence, now aged 67.
Anne has been photographed with Mr Phillips many times since their divorce, as they share two grown-up children, Peter Phillips, 44, and Zara Tindall, 41.
Peter also experienced divorce from his ex-wife Autumn Kelly, 44, when the couple’s marriage ended in 2021.
The son of Princess Anne now has a new girlfriend, Lindsay Wallace, whom he introduced to the public stage during the late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June earlier this year.
However, there seems to be no animosity between co-parents Peter and Autumn who have been photographed a few times together since their divorce.
In addition, Mark Phillips himself has a new partner, Belgian equestrian Florence Standaert, who is thought to be almost the same age as the former Olympic gold medalist’s daughter, Zara.
Princess Anne was even photographed hugging Ms Standaert at the recent Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Why are Anne’s family able to get along with their ex-partners so well?
Inbaal Honigman, a celebrity psychic and astrologer, spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk to explain why the family’s star signs may have something to do with it.
She claimed: “Staying friends following a romantic separation is a real challenge. Seeing an ex-partner can trigger all sorts of unhappy memories, and it can be hard to move on from the sad times.
“Who is strong and sensible enough to prioritize the future and forget about the past? Those born under the sign of Virgo, that’s who.
“The most reasonable sign of the zodiac, Virgos are practical and humble. They don’t have a petty bone in their body and prefer to work towards the greater good. A married Virgo is realistic and pragmatic. A divorced Virgo is the same.
“Princess Anne’s first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, is a Virgo. His Sun is in Virgo, going by his date of birth, and his Saturn, the planet of karma, is also in Virgo,” Inbaal noted.
She added: “Interestingly, even though the Princess Royal herself is a proud and majestic Leo, she has three main planets in Virgo. Her moon, which represents a person’s hidden and private qualities, is in Virgo, her Mercury, the planet of communication is in Virgo, and just like her ex-husband – so is her Saturn.
“What’s even more fascinating is that Captain Phillips’s chart features a lot of Leo. His ascendant, also known as the rising sign, is in Leo, as are his Venus, the planet of love, and Pluto, the planet of power.
“Their close friendship following their divorce is a combination of all the Virgo qualities, which inform them that it’s best to be ruled by their brains, and with all the Leo qualities, that tell them to keep up appearances or else.”
What star sign is Timothy Laurence?
Inbaal explained: “Earth signs prefer to get on with things, so Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus move on and don’t let their past define them. The Princess’ second husband, Pisces Tim Laurence, is much more emotional and romantic, with many of his planets in water signs, making him much more likely to think with his heart.
“Following the example set to him, Peter Phillips’s divorce from Autumn Kelly is similarly cordial. As a Scorpio, Peter’s effortless friendly demeanor around his ex-wife is surprising, because Scorpios are a water sign, and take things to heart. King Charles III is another divorced Scorpio of note.
“Peter and Kelly appeared in public in a very moving show of unity, which is down to the Earth element again. His Moon and Ascendant are in Capricorn, which is another pragmatic sign. Her Sun is in Taurus,” the expert continued.
Inbaal suggested: “Even though the younger couple is likely to be hurting from the separation – Peter has many planets in sensitive water elements, and Autumn has a lot of fire, which points to anger – their Earthy sensibilities are helping them find a balance, and a strong bond over the family element, and the practicalities of life.”