The eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, announced their divorce after 12 years of marriage.
In a statement on Tuesday (Feb. 11), a spokesman said the decision to separate was jointly agreed upon by the former couple after the Queen was informed of the spilt in 2019.
“After informing the Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn have jointly agreed to separate,” the statement read. “They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship.”
Calling the decision ‘sad but amicable’, the statement further outlined that the choice to divorce and share custody of their children was made after months of dialogue.
“Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co-parent their children,” the statement continued. “Peter and Autumn have remained in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have settled for a number of years.”
The two met back in 2003 when Autumn (nee Kelly) was a Canadian management consultant. They courted for several years before announcing their engagement in 2007, marrying a year later.
The news is fresh on the heels of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Queen Elizabeth II coming to terms on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s contentious exit from the royal family, following a meeting at Buckingham Palace on Monday, January 13.