A month after the news that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stepping down from their royal duties, his cousin announced a divorce from his wife. Though born on Canadian soil, she moved to London following their marriage to grow their family. But after 12 years, Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips are parting ways.
The Sun first revealed the news of the couple's split. They reported that the Queen is "upset" at the announcement. Peter is the son of Her Majesty's daughter Princess Anne and her first husband, Mark Phillips.
According to Hello! Canada, the couple issued a statement that read, "As both Peter and Autumn are not senior members of the Royal Family, it was not felt necessary to formally announce their separation last year. However in light of media commentary the following statement is issued; after informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate."
The statement continued writing, "The couple's first priority will remain the continued wellbeing and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah (nine) and Isla (seven). Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co parent their children."
Peter, who was raised without a royal title in order to make his own way according to The Sun, met his future wife in Montreal, Quebec where she was born and raised.
People reported that the two met in 2003 at the Formula One Grand Prix and got married in 2008 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Town & Country Magazine claims that Autumn didn't even know Peter was a member of the royal family until she saw him on TV.
The Sun reported that the couple's daughters both have Canadian citizenship from their mother, which would make a move to Canada quite easy.
However, Hello! Magazine confirmed that in the joint statement, Peter and Autumn shared that they will remain "in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have been settled for a number of years."
Since Peter and his wife don't have royal duties, Town & Country Magazine claims that he currently owns a sports management company called SEL UK and Autumn is a management consultant.