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Peter and Autumn Phillips confirm they are to divorce

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The Queen’s eldest grandchild, Peter Phillips, and his wife, Autumn, have confirmed that their marriage is at an end. The couple, who have two daughters, are to divorce. Their separation comes after almost twelve years of marriage.

In a short statement issued on their behalf, Peter and Autumn Phillips said ”The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one”. The couple also confirmed their families had known for several months about their decision to part and said that their divorce would be the best way forward for them and for their children.

They have also requested privacy as they and their daughters begin a new phase in their lives. There has been no comment from Peter Phillips’ mother, the Princess Royal. Reports that the couple had separated appeared in The Sun on the morning of February 11th 2020 with the official confirmation coming soon afterwards.

Both will continue to live in Gloucestershire where they have spent the majority of their married life and where both their children were born.

Peter Phillips met Autumn Kelly in 2003 at the Canadian Grand Prix. Soon afterwards, she left her home in Canada to move to England where their relationship developed. They lived together for several years before announcing their engagement in 2007. Their wedding took place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor in May 2008. Their elder daughter, Savannah, was born in December 2010 with her younger sister, Isla, arriving in March 2012.

The couple aren’t work royals although they are seen, with their girls, at major events such as Trooping the Colour. Peter Phillips, who is now fifteenth in line to the throne, has never held a title and works in consultancy.

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