THE woman at the centre of Peter Phillips’ police lockdown quiz is the daughter of a wealthy oil executive.
The Queen’s favourite grandson, 43, is said to be besotted with Lindsay Wallace, 40, a close friend of his sister Zara.
Phillips was spoken to by police after going to visit her in Scotland, 460 miles from his home in Gloucestershire.
And The Sun can reveal it is not the first time he has seen her during the coronavirus pandemic.
He went to Lindsay's £475,000 home on the Scottish east coast in August — around the time Covid-related travel warnings were issued.
There is no suggestion he breached lockdown rules during that visit.
A potential breach was reported over his latest trip — with officers called to speak to him and Lindsay on Friday.
They said they “issued advice” but decided Phillips breached no rules when he said he was there on business.
Phillips separated from wife Autumn in late 2019.
A source said: “Peter is besotted with her. They have known each other for quite some time.
“This latest trip isn’t the first time he has been to Scotland to visit her.
“They have been keeping things under wraps.
“Only the inner circle knew about this friendship.”
Lindsay was classmates with Zara, 39, at Gordonstoun, the £40,000-a-year school in Aberdeenshire where Peter was a couple of years above them.
A snap of guests leaving Zara’s 2011 wedding ceremony with rugby star Mike Tindall captured a laughing Lindsay in a cream top and pink hat.
Phillips and Lindsay are said to have grown close after a recent school reunion.
The father of two confirmed his split from Canadian Autumn, 41, in February last year.
Lindsay, a mother of two, is also separated from her husband.
A second source added: “It’s been hush-hush but it has been going on for quite a while. Lindsay is from quite a wealthy background.
“Her father worked in the oil industry and the family pride themselves on being a Christian family who are pillars of their local community.
“Lindsay keeps in touch with a few of the girls from Gordonstoun but really cherishes her friendship with Zara.”
After leaving school Lindsay worked in a health food shop for a while. In recent years, she has been a stay-at-home mum.
Phillips is said to have made a brief visit to her home last August, around the time people were warned about Covid flare-ups.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said at the time: “I strongly advise anyone planning to travel to areas affected in the north of England or anyone planning to travel to Scotland from those same areas, to cancel their plans.”
On Thursday, he made his latest trip to Scotland, 460 miles from his home on his mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate.
As we revealed in the Sun on Sunday police received calls alerting them to a potential breach of Covid restrictions.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers attended, spoke to the occupants and found no breaches of legislation.”
A spokesman for marketing consultant Phillips said he had travelled on business with his company XF Medical, which provides rapid Covid tests.
He added: “We do not comment on details or circumstances of Mr Phillips’ accommodation when travelling on business.”
Phillips, the son of Princess Anne’s ex-husband Captain Mark Phillips, is 17th in line to the throne. He is the Queen’s “favourite grandson”, according to royal insiders.
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