Peter and Autumn Phillips’ sadness at marriage split

The Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife Autumn have described their separation as sad but amicable, and "the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship".

The couple are in the process of divorcing, and will share custody of their two daughters.

A spokesman for pair, who wed at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2008, said the decision was taken after many months of discussion, and they informed the Queen and their families last year.

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Photo by: KGC-107/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 9/7/19 Quen Elizabeth II is joined by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips to watch the games at the Braemar Gathering.
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Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips splits from wife Autumn after 12 years of marriage
February 10th 2020 - Peter Phillips is separating from his wife Autumn Phillips after 12 years of marriage according to The Sun. The couple have two children - Savannah, age 9 and Isla, age 7. It has been reported that Autumn has asked for a divorce and that Peter - who is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II - is devastated as this was totally unexpected. It will be suggested that Autumn - who was born in Canada - has been influenced by the Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Megxit affair. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-492/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 8/25/19 Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend the Sunday Church Service at Crathie Kirk. (Balmoral, Ballater, Scotland, UK)
Britain's Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn attend the Eventing Jumping equestrian event at the London 2012 Olympic Games in Greenwich Park
Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips has appeared in ads for milk in China. Photo: Bright Dairy & Co.
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Peter Phillips bei einem Auftritt im Jahr 2018 (Bild: imago images / Frank Sorge)
February 10th 2020 - Peter Phillips is separating from his wife Autumn Phillips after 12 years of marriage according to The Sun. The couple have two children - Savannah, age 9 and Isla, age 7. It has been reported that Autumn has asked for a divorce and that Peter - who is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II - is devastated as this was totally unexpected. It will be suggested that Autumn - who was born in Canada - has been influenced by the Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Megxit affair. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-107/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 3/15/19 Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attending the fourth day of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival. (Cheltenham, England, UK)
February 10th 2020 - Peter Phillips is separating from his wife Autumn Phillips after 12 years of marriage according to The Sun. The couple have two children - Savannah, age 9 and Isla, age 7. It has been reported that Autumn has asked for a divorce and that Peter - who is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II - is devastated as this was totally unexpected. It will be suggested that Autumn - who was born in Canada - has been influenced by the Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Megxit affair. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 6/20/18 Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips at Royal Ascot Day Two at Ascot Racecourse. (Berkshire, England, UK)
February 10th 2020 - Peter Phillips is separating from his wife Autumn Phillips after 12 years of marriage according to The Sun. The couple have two children - Savannah, age 9 and Isla, age 7. It has been reported that Autumn has asked for a divorce and that Peter - who is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II - is devastated as this was totally unexpected. It will be suggested that Autumn - who was born in Canada - has been influenced by the Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Megxit affair. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 6/22/19 Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips at Royal Ascot Day Five at Ascot Racecourse. (Berkshire, England, UK)
Photo by: KGC-107/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 9/7/19 Quen Elizabeth II is joined by Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips to watch the games at the Braemar Gathering.
February 10th 2020 - Peter Phillips is separating from his wife Autumn Phillips after 12 years of marriage according to The Sun. The couple have two children - Savannah, age 9 and Isla, age 7. It has been reported that Autumn has asked for a divorce and that Peter - who is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II - is devastated as this was totally unexpected. It will be suggested that Autumn - who was born in Canada - has been influenced by the Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Megxit affair. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2019 8/2/19 Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attending the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park. (Gatcombe, England, UK)
Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend Ladies Day on day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, England.. JUNE 20th 2019. Credit: AdamsMatrix/MediaPunch ***NO UK*** REF: MTX 192240 /IPX
From left, Peter and Autumn Phillips with Mike and Zara Tindall take their seats ahead of the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Danny Lawson, Pool via AP)
Photo by: KGC-178/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 4/1/18 The Queen and Members of The Royal Family attend the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Easter Sunday. Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips
Photo by: KGC-22/STAR MAX/IPx 2017 4/16/17 The Queen and Members of the Royal Family at Windsor Castle attending the Easter Mattins Service. Here, Peter Phillips, Princess Anne, Tim Laurence
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to guests during the Patron's Lunch in The Mall, central London in honour of the her majesty's 90th birthday, Sunday June 12, 2016. The Queen's grandson Peter Phillips has masterminded the street party for 10,000 people in the Mall, to mark the monarch's patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations. (Toby Melville/POOL via AP)
The Queens Grandson Peter Phillips is seen ahead of "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall in London, England on June 12, 2016. The street party for 10,000 people, Sunday, is to mark the monarch's patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations. (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for The Patron's Lunch via AP.
Britain's Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn arrive at the Sentebale Summer Party, in London, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Prince Harry attended the awards with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho to mark the tenth anniversary of the setting up of the charity' Sentebale', to help the vulnerable and disadvantaged children of Lesotho. (AP Photo/Toby Melville, Pool)
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Canadian-born Autumn will not return to her home country, but will remain in Gloucestershire where they will co-parent nine-year-old Savannah and seven-year-old Isla.

The spokesman said: "They had reached the conclusion that this 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 couple's first priority will remain the continued well-being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters, Savannah and Isla.

"Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co parent their children."

"Both Peter and Autumn have remained in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have been settled for a number of years."

The couple requested "privacy and compassion" for their children while the family continues to adapt to the changes.

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