More Pain for the Queen: The Queen’s Eldest Grandson Peter Phillips and his Wife Autumn Separate After 12 Years of Marriage as It is Revealed she Wants to Return to her Home Country Canada

Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of the Queen and Canadian Autumn Kelly leave St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England, after their marriage ceremony, Saturday, May 17, 2008. (AP / Sang Tan)

The Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips has separated from his wife of 12 years, according to reports.

Autumn Phillips is believed to have told her husband, 42, that she wants to divorce, leaving the Queen ‘upset’.

Friends say that Peter, who is the son of Princess Anne, is ‘devastated’ at the breakdown of his marriage and hadn’t seen it coming.

The couple have two children together, daughters Savannah, nine and Isla, seven.

According to the Sun, some friends are also suggesting that Megxit – which saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle quit the royal family – hastened Autumn’s decision as she ‘wants to return to her native Canada’.

One claimed that she may have been ‘influenced’ by Harry and Meghan – and fear she may now move to Canada and take their daughters, who have dual citizenship, with her.

Another source close to the couple revealed: ‘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.’

The friend added that Autumn is a ‘favourite of the Queen’ and the shock move makes it feel as if the royal family is ‘falling apart’.

However, sources insisted that no other parties were involved in the split.

Autumn was born and brought up a Roman Catholic but renounced her faith shortly before their wedding so her husband-to-be did not have to give up his claim to the throne.

In September, she was spotted with the Queen, Prince Charles and her husband at the annual Highland Games Gathering.

She made a rare appearance alongside Her Majesty at the event, which was held in the small Aberdeenshire village of Braemar.

Peter previously hit the headlines this year after appearing in a bizarre milk advert for a Chinese company.

In the television advert for Bright Dairies, shown only on Dragon TV in China and , Peter is seen being brought a glass of milk by a butler.

‘This is what I drink,’ he says as the tagline reads: ‘British royal family member, Peter Phillips.’

His wife Autumn, a former PA is a graduate of McGill University and was born in Montreal.

Autumn and Peter met during the 2003 Montreal Grand Prix, where they were both working, although she did not realise he was Queen’s grandson at the time.

After dating for a few years, Peter popped the question with her father’s permission.

Mr and Mrs Phillips attracted media attention when they sold their wedding photos to Hello! magazine in May 2008 for a reported £500,000.

The episode provoked claims the couple had exploited their Royal status.

At the time Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb called the move ‘a serious error of judgment’.

And Labour MP Ian Gibson said that the British public would have been shocked to see their monarch in the magazine, saying: ‘She is the Queen, not a footballer’s wife’.

Photos of the couple on honeymoon on safari in South Africa were also released to the press, arising suspicion they received the £1,000-a-night accommodation for free – or at least at a knock-down rate – in return for their co-operation.

Peter does not have a royal title as his mother declined to give her children the HRH title at birth.

The Phillipses lived in Hong Kong after he moved jobs within the Royal Bank of Scotland to head their sponsorships activities in the region.

Autumn was born and brought up a Roman Catholic but renounced her faith shortly before their wedding so her husband-to-be did not have to give up his claim to the throne.

Peter rarely makes public appearances and is a ‘working royal,’ meaning he takes no money from the taxpayer.

After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in sports science, the son of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips worked for Jaguar as a corporate hospitality manager before taking a position at the Williams Grand Prix Engineering team.

He spent the first 11 years of his career in Formula One, before heading to Williams where he spent three years as a senior account manager looking after the team’s main sponsors.

In 2005, Peter took up a position at the Royal Bank of Scotland, where for over seven years he designed their first ever global Formula One sponsorship programme.

In June 2012, he set up Sports & Entertainment UK Ltd [Sel] in London, where he remains director today.

The company focus on increasing the ‘commercial value for both sports and entertainment rights holders in the UK,’ according to their website.

They also stage events, and Peter has the Queen on his client list, after putting on her 90th birthday party.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Danyal Hussain