Earl of Snowdon and wife agree to divorce

The Earl of Snowdon, the son of the late Princess Margaret, and his wife the Countess of Snowdon have "amicably agreed" that their marriage has come to an end and will divorce, a spokesman for the couple has said.

The Earl – David Armstrong-Jones – who is known for his high-end furniture company and wife Serena are to separate after more than 25 years of marriage.

The announcement comes after the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips and wife Autumn revealed last week they are to split.

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File photo dated 08/10/1993 of The Earl and Countess of Snowdon leaving St Margaret's Church, Westminster, after their wedding, the couple have "amicably agreed" that their marriage has come to an end and will divorce.
File photo dated 17/01/2016 of the then Viscount Linley arriving at St. Mary's Church in Hillington, Norfolk. The Earl of Snowdon, the son of the late Princess Margaret, and his wife the Countess of Snowdon have "amicably agreed" that their marriage has come to an end and will divorce, a spokesman for the couple has said.
File photo dated 29/04/2011 of the then Viscountess and Viscount Linley at Westminster Abbey for the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Earl of Snowdon, the son of the late Princess Margaret, and his wife the Countess of Snowdon have "amicably agreed" that their marriage has come to an end and will divorce, a spokesman for the couple has said.
File photo dated 29/04/2011 of the then Viscountess and Viscount Linley at Westminster Abbey for the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, The Earl of Snowdon, the son of the late Princess Margaret, and his wife the Countess of Snowdon have "amicably agreed" that their marriage has come to an end and will divorce, a spokesman for the couple has said.
The Prince of Wales greets the Earl of Snowdon (right) as he visits the Dyson Building at the Royal College of Art, London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon attend the London Premiere of Apple's acclaimed documentary "The Elephant Queen" on October 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Apple)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 29: Serena Armstrong-Jones, Countess of Snowdon, and David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, attend a gala dinner celebrating the opening of the "Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams" exhibition at The V&A on January 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for V&A)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: David, Earl of Snowdon and Serena, Countess of Snowdon attend Royal Ascot Day 3 at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Queen Elizabeth II and David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon arrive in the Royal procession on day 4 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) David Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon and daughter Margarita Armstrong-Jones attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Serena, Countess of Snowdon and David, Earl of Snowdon attend day 1 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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A spokesman for the couple said: "The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced.

"They ask that the press respect their privacy and that of their family."

The couple wed in October 1993 and have two children Viscount Linley, Charles Armstrong-Jones and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.

The Earl's mother Margaret, the Queen's sister, died in 2002 and he became the 2nd Earl of Snowdon following the death of his father the Earl of Snowdon, celebrity photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, in 2017.

The Earl, also known by his professional name of David Linley, also produces luxury British accessories and has reportedly created the interiors for a number of exclusive central London homes.

Peter Phillips divorce announcement Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips have also announced they are splitting up (Steve Parsons/PA)

David, who is 21st in line to the throne, has lectured around the world and written books about furniture and styling the home.

He founded his business in 1985, and in 2006 was appointed honorary chairman for Christie's Europe, Middle East, Russia and India.

Peter and 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 the 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.

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.

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