Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Peter Phillips divorcing wife

Peter and Autumn Phillips

Queen Elizabeth II's grandson Peter Phillips is divorcing his wife of 12 years.

Last year, it was confirmed the sports marketing consultant and his wife, management consultant Autumn, 41, were separating, and in an emotional statement released on Tuesday, details of the pair's divorce were announced.

"After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate," the statement reads."They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship. The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one.

"The couple's first priority will remain the continued well being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah and Isla. Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co-parent their children.

"Both Peter and Autumn have remained in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have been settled for a number of years," the announcement finishes, adding, "Peter and Autumn have requested privacy and compassion for their children while the family continues to adapt to these changes."

Peter, 42, is the son of British royal Princess Anne and her ex-husband Mark Phillips. He married Autumn, who is Canadian, in 2008, and they share daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.

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