Zara Tindall has a half-sister who is also an equestrian, who is Stephanie Phillips?

Zara Tindall is a member of one of the most esteemed families, the British Royal Family. Here's what we know about her little-known half-sister.

Zara Tindall half-sister Stephanie Phillips
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Zara Tindall half-sister Stephanie Phillips

Zara Tindall is the daughter of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips. Zara is married to former England rugby player, Mike Tindall, and together, they have three children, Mia, born in 2014, Lena, in 2018 and their son, Lucas, in 2021.

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Zara also has a brother, Peter Phillips, but did you know that they have a half-sister? Princess Anne and Mark Phillips divorced in 1992, their father went on to marry Sandy Pflueger, who is an Olympian equestrian.

Mark and Sandy married in 1997 and in the same year, they welcomed a daughter, Stephanie, Peter and Zara’s half-sister. Even though she isn’t as well known as her royal half-siblings, Stephanie has been present at several events and shares the same hobby as Zara, who may soon become a princess.

Who is Stephanie Phillips?

Stephanie Phillips was born on October 2, 1997, and is currently 26 years old. As per The Sun, Stephanie attended the prestigious school Dean Close School in Cheltenham, she then went on to study Business Management at the University of Worcester.

According to Gloucestershire Live, Stephanie supported herself through university by working as a barmaid in a local pub. Stephanie spent most of her childhood at Aston Farm on the Gatcombe Estate, which is relatively close to her royal half-siblings.

Despite the significant 17-year age gap between Zara and Stephanie, the two sisters share a hobby. Indeed, Stephanie is also an accomplished equestrian, like her father, who is an Olympic gold medallist in equestrian for Great Britain, and her half-sister, who competed in the London 2012 Olympics.

As per Gloucestershire Live, Stephanie has competed at the Barbury International, Wellington International Horse Trials, and the West Wiltshire trials.

Stephanie has a good relationship with her half-siblings, she was the flower girl for both Zara and Mike’s wedding in 2011 and Peter and Autumn’s wedding in 2018.

Moreover, Stephanie asked her nieces - Peter's daughters Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, and Zara's daughters Mia, 8, and Lena, 4, - to be her flower girls at her wedding in 2022.

Who are Stephanie Phillips’ parents?

As mentioned above, Stephanie’s parents are Mark Phillips - Princess Anne’s ex-husband - and Sandy Pflueger. Mark, born in 1948, won an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain in equestrian in 1972. During the 1988 Olympics, Mark won a silver medal as a member of the British team, despite not competing as his horse had pulled a muscle.

Since then, Phillips has stayed in the industry. Indeed, he is a course designer and a columnist for Horse & Hound magazine. Following his divorce from Princess Anne, Phillips went on to marry Sandy Pflueger in 1997. Sandy is also an accomplished Olympian.

As per The Sun, Pflueger was born in Hawaii on April 14, 1954. Sandy was a part of the US Olympic dressage team at the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles. In 2016, Stephanie’s mother was a part of the jury during the 2016 Olympics and is still an active member of the dressage and eventing jury.

According to The Sun, Mark and Sandy divorced in May 2012, after reports of Mark’s infidelity. Mark Phillips had been involved with Lauren Hough, although they never got engaged.

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The Sun: ‘ROYAL SIBLINGS Who is Zara Tindall’s half sister Stephanie Phillips?’

The Sun: ‘ROYAL SPLIT Who is Princess Anne’s ex husband Mark Phillips and did he remarry?’

Gloucestershire Live: ‘Zara Tindall's rarely-seen sister who grew up on Princess Anne's estate’

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