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Queen’s “favourite” grandson questioned by police in bizarre 740km lockdown trip

Queen’s “favourite” grandson questioned by police in bizarre 740km lockdown trip

Cops turned up on the doorstep of a married woman in Scotland after a complaint that the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips had driven 740 km to see her.

Police were forced to “issue advice” to Mr Phillips, 43, who currently resides 460 miles (740 kilometres) away in Gloucestershire.

The grandson of Her Majesty lives at his mum, Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

But locals had little patience for the royal when he turned up in the village of St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire.

Police called on him and the 40-year-old mum of two at her £475,000 ($860,000) home.

It was quickly discovered Phillips was not in breach of any COVID-19 lockdown rules after he explained he was on a business trip.

The woman — who is separated from her husband — is a pal of Peter’s sister Zara Phillips after their days at private school Gordonstoun in Moray, Scotland.

She attended Zara’s wedding to rugby star Mike Tindall in 2011.

The woman and Peter met again at a school reunion.

The father-of-two split from his wife, 41-year-old Autumn, in a public announcement in February of 2020.

“It seems wrong he has travelled here from England, whatever the circumstances,” one local source said.

“Scotland is closed and if you flew here you would have to quarantine for 10 days.”

A spokesman for Mr Phillips said the royal had travelled on business with his company XL Medical, which provides rapid COVID-19 tests.

“We do not comment on ­details or circumstances of Mr Phillips’ accommodation when travelling on ­business,” he said.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said, “At around 6.40 pm on Friday March 26, 2021, police received a report of a potential breach of coronavirus regulations at a property in St Cyrus, Montrose. Officers attended, spoke to the occupants and found no breaches of ­legislation.”

Mainland Scotland is in lockdown with travel only permitted for “essential purposes”.

Peter and Autumn have daughters Savannah, 10, and Isla, eight.

Peter is 17th in line to the throne, as he is the son of Princess Anne and her ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips.