Princess Anne Reacts to Her Son Peter Phillips's Divorce from His Wife Autumn

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Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
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From Town & Country

On Monday, news broke that Peter Phillips—Queen Elizabeth's grandson and Princess Anne's son—was separating from Autumn Phillips, his wife of 12 years. This morning, the couple issued a statement confirming the split, and explaining the family's plans for the future.

"The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one," reads the statement. "The couples [sic] first priority will remain the continued well being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah (9) and Isla (7)."

But how was Princess Anne handling the news of her son and daughter-in-law's break-up? "Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co parent their children," the statement went on to explain.

Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Anne herself has been through a separation—she split from Phillips's father Captain Mark Phillips in 1989, and finalized the divorce in 1992—so it's not surprising that she's "fully supportive" of the pair and their decision to co-parent, even if she's "naturally sad" as well.

Today's statement also noted that both Peter and Autumn's families had been informed last year of their decision, so while the couple's announcement may have taken royal watchers by surprise, Anne and her fellow Windsors have had months to adjust to the new normal. As a source told Town & Country, "Whilst sad at the decision, both families are hugely supportive of them both and the girls."

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