The Queen is devastated over news of royal marriage split

The Queen’s favourite grandson Peter Phillips is to separate from his wife Autumn after 12 years of marriage.

And her Majesty is said to "upset" after hearing the news which comes just weeks after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be stepping away from royal life to live most of the year in Canada. 

Peter, who is the son of Princess Anne, and Autumn, who is Canadian, have two children, Savannah, nine and Isla, seven. 

Both children have dual nationality which means they could also re-locate to Canada if Autumn wishes to return to her home country. 

According to The Sun, “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 now in total shock."

Autumn and Peter are said to be very close to the Queen and often attend church with her. 

The couple were married in 2008 and have enjoyed many happy times with the royals and both are thought to be close with Peter's sister Zara, Prince Harry and Prince William. 

Peter is the son of Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips, and was brought up without a royal title so he could make his own way in the world, just like his sister Zara.

The split is the latest in a string of difficult circumstances to trouble the Queen since the end of last year. Prince Andrew appeared in a disastrous TV documentary and Harry and Meghan's historic news that they are to leave the royal family to live in North America. 

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