Queen's Grandson Weds, Sells Pix for $1M

Peter Phillips marries Canadian, dodges tabloids
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2008 8:01 AM CDT
Queen's Grandson Weds, Sells Pix for $1M
The wedding group assemble at Frogmore House, Windsor, England Saturday May 17, 2008.    (AP Photo/ Sir Geoffrey Shakerley, Pool)

Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Peter Phillips married Canadian Autumn Kelly this weekend, with the royal family smiling gamely for "official" photographers from Hello! magazine, which paid $1 million for exclusive rights to cover the nuptials. Other tabloids were not amused. “What a start to married life for Peter Phillips—cashing in on the accident of his birth and literally selling his grandmother to Hello!,” groused the Daily Mail.

Phillips, 30, the son of Princess Anne, met Kelly, the daughter of a hairdresser and electrical retailer, in 2003.  Hoping to win her affection on his own merits, the man who is 11th in line for the throne didn’t tell Kelly of his background; she discovered the connection when she saw his picture in a television program about Prince William. Submitting to royal rules, Kelly, raised a Catholic, converted to Protestantism before the wedding. (More British royals stories.)

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