Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn have announced they are all set to divorce.
Queen Elizabeth is said to be shocked by the couple’s decision.
A statement was given on their behalf. It says the decision was “the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship”. It totally confirmed they had separated. Both will share custody of their children Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.
The families from both sides were “sad” but “fully supportive” of the decision to “co-parent”. Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn told the Queen and other Royal Family members about their decision last year.
Mr Peter Phillips, 42, is the son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Mark Phillips. He is also the eldest grandchild of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. “The decision to separate and share custody came about after many months of discussions and talks. Although it is very sad, and an amicable decision,” the statement read.
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Peter Phillips and Autumn have asked for complete privacy and compassion for their children. Both of them along with the rest of the members will continue to adapt to these changes.” Mr Phillips met Canadian administration consultant Autumn Kelly, 41, at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal in 2003, while he was working for the Williams Formula 1 team.
The couple tied the knot in the year 2008 in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The same place where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding would take place ten years later. They raised their children in Gloucestershire.
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Before the wedding, Mrs Phillips gave up her Catholic faith. A move which, because of rules on royal successions that were later changed, allowed Mr Phillips to retain his right to the throne. While Mr Phillips is a part of the Royal Family, he is not a working royal hence does not have a title.
The Daily Mail reported that he starred in a Chinese video advert endorsing milk from Jersey cows. Also, the Queen was photographed at King’s Lynn station in Norfolk, where she was returning to London following her winter break at Sandringham.