Queen Elizabeth’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips splits from wife Autumn after 12 years of marriage
The son of Princess Anne and the eldest grandson of Queen of England,Her Majesty Elizabeth II,Peter Phillips has reportedly split from his wife Autumn Phillips.
He and Autumn met in 2003 at the Formula One Grand Prix in Autumn’s home city of Montreal where they were both working, with Autumn working as a Budweiser girl.
At the time, Autumn had no idea who he was and only discovered his royal connection six weeks later when she saw him on TV.
Peter proposed in 2007 and the couple married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in 2008 with Autumn renouncing her Catholic faith shortly before their wedding so her husband-to-be did not have to give up his claim to the throne.
According to the sun, Peter is said to be “devastated” after wife Autumn told him she wanted to separate.
One of Peter’s friends disclose that the split had been a “bolt out of the blue” for Peter, as he had “thought he was happily married”.
The friend told The Sun: “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. She is a favourite of the Queen and I’m sure Her Majesty will be very upset by this as well.
“It’s the last thing she needs after all her recent troubles and you get the feeling that the royal family is falling apart a little bit.”
The friend added that Autumn is a ‘favourite of the Queen’ and the shock move makes it feel as if the royal family is ‘falling apart’.
Friends fear that Harry and Meghan quitting the royal family may have contributed to Autumn wanting to divorce Peter and head back to Canada
Mr and Mrs Phillips attracted media attention when they sold their wedding photos to Hello! magazine in May 2008 for a reported £500,000.
The son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in sports science, worked for Jaguar as a corporate hospitality manager before taking a position at the Williams Grand Prix Engineering team.
In 2005, Peter took up a position at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where for over seven years he designed their first ever global Formula One sponsorship programme.
His wife Autumn, a former PA is a graduate of McGill University and was born in Montreal.
The couple share daughters Savannah, 9, and Isla, 7.