Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips and wife Autumn Phillips have officially divorced

Princess Anne's son becomes the first royal of his generation to separate from his spouse

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips watch the racing as they attend day four 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2020 in Cheltenham, England.
(Image credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn Phillips have officially finalized their divorce, 16 months after announcing their separation. 

It's a sad day for the only son of Princess Anne, the second eldest of Queen Elizabeth's children. Peter Phillips, who is 17th in line to the British throne, has separated from his wife, Autumn, after 13 years of marriage.

Peter is the first in his royal generation to split from his spouse. While he and Autumn consider this a "sad day", the two are happy to have been able to handle the separation amicably.

"Whilst this is a sad day for Peter and Autumn, they continue to put the wellbeing and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah and Isla first and foremost," a statement released by the former couple said. "Both Peter and Autumn are pleased to have resolved matters amicably with the children firmly at the forefront of those thoughts and decisions."

The pair also requested "privacy and consideration for their children as the family adapts to a new chapter in their lives."

Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips and Savannah Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 9, 2018 in London, England.

(Image credit: James Devaney/FilmMagic)

Peter and Autumn originally separated back in 2019 after informing the family, including the Queen, of their decision. The Royal family and Autumn's family were both "naturally sad" about the couple's announcement, but claimed to be "fully supportive".  

Their last public appearance together occurred during the same year at Braemar Highland Games in Scotland with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Duchess Camilla. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend the 2019 Braemar Highland Games on September 07, 2019 in Braemar, Scotland.

(Image credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Peter and Autumn aim to raise their two daughters together, and while Autumn is a Canadian native, a previous statement claimed that she plans on remaining in Gloucestershire, in the south west of the UK, to bring up their children.

The family have been settled in the English county for a number of years and do not wish this to alter. 

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.