Anne Robinson has been in a secret relationship with Queen Camilla’s ex-husband Andrew Parker Bowles for a year, according to reports.
The former Countdown host, 79, who has the TV nickname ‘The Queen of Mean’, is said to have found love with the twice-married retired Army brigadier, 83, after being introduced by a mutual friend.
Their relationship is said to be an ‘open secret’ within upper circles, with Andrew a regular plus one at Anne’s dinner parties at her 17th century home in the Cotswolds.
According to insiders, one of their first dates was a dinner party attended by ex Prime Minister David Cameron, with Andrew able to ‘poke fun’ at the presenter, who is known for her sharp tongue.
When asked about their romance by The Sun, Anne, who has also been married twice, hit back: ‘It’s none of your business’.
A source told the publication: ‘They have judiciously avoided being photographed together as they both wanted to keep this quiet for as long as possible.
‘Annie proudly tells everyone she is the daughter of a market trader chicken-seller and is as far removed from a toff as could be – frankly it beats any storyline The Crown could possibly come up with.
‘Annie and Andrew get on splendidly, she makes him laugh, a lot, and he is one of the few people to get away with poking fun at her. She loves to joke she’s “new money”.’
The insider ironically pointed out Anne went to ‘boarding school, her father got a double first and she holidayed for part of the summer at The Carlton in Cannes’ – when she wasn’t working behind her mother’s stall.
Both Anne and Andrew have been married twice.
Anne married journalist Charles Wilson in 1968. In 1970 the couple had a daughter, Emma Wilson, who became a British radio disc jockey. Their marriage broke down in 1973.
The presenter went on to marry journalist John Penrose in 1980, but they split in 2007 and announced they were planning to divorce, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Andrew, meanwhile, divorced Camilla in 1995 after 22 years of marriage, but remain close friends – despite a complicated history which included infidelity on both parts.
Camilla was famously Charles’s mistress during her marriage to Andrew, while the latter is described by friends as having been ‘very naughty with women’ throughout.
They have two children: food writer Tom, 48, and Laura Lopes, 45, an artist.
Andrew first met Camilla in the late 1960s and they dated on and off for several years before marrying in 1973.
According to Andrew’s cousin John Bowes Lyon, the couple were pressured into making the commitment when both their fathers published an engagement notice for them in The Times.
Andrew and Camilla divorced in 1995, saying in a statement that ‘throughout our marriage we have always tended to follow rather different interests, but in recent years we have led completely separate lives.’
The following year, he married his long-term mistress Rosemary Pitman. They were together until Rosemary passed away in 2010 of cancer, aged 69.
At the time of her death it was reported that Camilla was ‘deeply saddened’ by the news.
Andrew was a guest at Charles and Camilla’s wedding in April 2005, attending their service of blessing at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
Anne previously revealed back in 2017 how she had quit dating app Tinder an hour after getting it.
The former Weakest Link presenter complained potential matches on the app offered ‘slim pickings’ and added she didn’t want to date a ‘bald man with a moustache’.
Discussing her short-lived stint on Tinder, she told The Sun: ‘I don’t want to date someone bald and with a moustache.
‘It is slim pickings out there! I would rename Tinder “desperate”. I have one particular pair of glasses, they are my red glasses and I can pull in them.
‘I promise you. You need to get red glasses to pull.’
Anne had her first foray into the world of online dating when she set up a Tinder profile on BBC documentary Britain’s Relationship Secrets.
She was quick to dismiss anyone holding an alcoholic beverage in their profile photo, given that Anne has had a well-documented battle with alcohol and is now teetotal.
She explained she wouldn’t settle for anything less than a company CEO.
The former Points Of View front-woman also revealed she champions a healthy appetite for sex as an older woman.
The Sun reported at the time she told them she hopes women of her age are having sex – and divulged her bedroom antics ‘keep me young’.
‘I don’t have a partner at the moment, I’ve had two husbands and they’re lovely. I’m a committee of one,’ she added.
Anne is best known as the host of The Weakest Link, which she presented from 2000 to 2017.
The presenter spent 13 months as host of Countdown, but stepped down in July last year amid rumours of backstage drama.
It was claimed the cast of Countdown were ‘relieved’ Anne was leaving after reports of an on-set feud with Rachel Riley – who Anne reportedly found ‘too noisy’ – and Susie Dent.
She said on Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything on Irish TV: ‘I tried to be nice on Countdown. I loved it but nothing was ever going to be as wonderful as The Weakest Link or being a newspaper journalist.
‘I probably made a mistake thinking I could replicate it on another game show. [Countdown] is a brilliant show but it does not really require a smart-arse presenter.’
She added: ‘If you were quite obese, I would say ‘What do you do when you are not eating?’. But you can’t do that anymore.’
The presenter, who was employed on a freelance basis, admitted that despite being offered a pay rise, she did not want to join Channel 4’s payroll and so decided to walk away from her role as host.
Speaking to The Sun, she confessed: ‘I come from a long line of alcoholic, Irish bandits so to suggest I go PAYE is a bit like asking Philip Green or Richard Branson to join the company payroll.
‘I wasn’t interested in any offer on that basis. Even if it included financial parity. I will, however, miss out on the Channel 4 luncheon vouchers, which is a big regret.’
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