On Tuesday, spokesperson to the royal family said one of Queen Elizabeth’s grandchildren, Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn have separated and are set to divorce.
Phillips and his Canadian wife Autumn will share custody of their two daughters and both remain in Gloucestershire, Southwest England.
The separation happened after Phillips’ cousin, Prince Harry and his US wife Meghan quit their royal roles last month to be independent and moved to Canada.
Queen Elizabeth’s second son Prince Andrew stepped back from all royal duties in November after a public outcry over his friendship with US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
According to the royal spokesman, the couple had last year informed the queen and their families about their decision late last year.
“They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship,” he added.
“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.
“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.”
Phillips is the son of the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips. He is the eldest of her eight grandchildren.
He has no royal title and has never carried out duties on behalf of the royal family and so does not receive a public income.