I was not a great father, admits Capt Mark Phillips
CAPTAIN Mark Phillips, the former husband of Britain's Princess Anne, has admitted that he was not a great father to their children, Peter and Zara.
His assertion was backed up Peter Phillips, who said.
"Would I leave my children in the care of my father? Probably not, to put it bluntly.''
Father and son spoke about family life in a joint interview to a Sunday magazine. Mr Phillips (34) has two daughters and Capt Phillips said: "Peter has already proved to be a great father -- a much better father than I ever was.
In a rare intimate interview he revealed: "I was never good with small children. Once Peter and Zara could walk and talk, and be useful, I could relate to them much more."
The 63-year-old, who won gold for eventing at the Munich Olympics in 1972, is coaching the US team for the London Games.
A GB Team line-up includes Zara (31).
Capt Phillips, who married the princess royal in 1973, married his second wife, Sandy Pflueger, in 1997 but he has left her for Lauren Hough, an American dressage rider almost 30 years his junior.
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