Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips, his wife Autumn to divorce

Peter Phillips Autumn Phillips

Peter Phillips Autumn Phillips

Friends have disclosed that Peter Phillips, Queen Elizabeth's eldest grandchild, will be separated from his Canadian-born wife Autumn Phillips.

What's more, with all the drama surrounding Harry and Meghan's stepping down as senior royals, the news of Peter and Autumn's divorce is the last thing the Queen needs.

Peter and Autumn informed their families of their "amicable" decision to divorce "at the end of last year" after deciding it was "the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship".

"The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one", the statement read.

Peter Phillips is the son of the Queen's daughter Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.

When the news broke, a royal insider revealed how much the news has upset the Queen.

There are said to be concerns that Autumn may move to Canada with the two kids, meaning that Autumn may be joining Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in leaving the United Kingdom for North America.

Queen Elizabeth's second son Prince Andrew stepped back from all royal duties in November following a public outcry over his friendship with USA sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Peter will be the first of the Queen's grandchildren to legally split.

According to The Sun, friends are suggesting Megxit - which saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal family - encouraged Autumn's decision.

They married at the queen's Windsor Castle residence near London, the scene for a number of recent royal weddings including that of another of Elizabeth's grandsons, Prince Harry to his American wife Meghan.

"Autumn is a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman, but she's been telling her friends for some time that there were issues", the source said.

Phillips is a "non-working" royal so he has no royal title and receives no taxpayer money.

Announcement of their separation comes after a tumultuous few months for Britain's royal family.

Autumn, Savannah, Peter and Isla at Trooping the Colour in 2019.

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