THE Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips is to split from his wife after 12 years of marriage, according to reports last night.
The 42-year-old, who does not have a royal title, is said to be ‘devastated’ after his wife Autumn, 41, said she wanted a separation.
The Sun reported the Queen was ‘upset’ by the news about her ‘favourite grandson’, who is the son of Princess Anne. No one else is said to be involved in the split. He and Autumn, who is from Canada, have two children Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.
A friend of Mr Phillips told the newspaper: ‘Peter is absolutely devastated by this and just didn’t see it coming. He thought he was happily married and had the perfect family with two lovely daughters. But he is in total shock.
‘It seems they have grown apart but it’s come as a bolt out of the blue for Peter. It’s the last thing she [the Queen] needs.’
Buckingham Palace refused to comment when contacted by Metro last night.
The Sun claimed friends of the couple have speculated that Harry and Meghan’s decision to ‘step back’ as senior royals and relocate to Canada could have ‘hastened’ the decision by Autumn.