Queen Elizabeth's grandson Peter Phillips divorcing his wife of 11 years

It continues to be a trying year for the royal family. Amid Prince Andrew's ongoing drama and in the aftermath of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson, Peter Phillips, announced that he has separated from his wife of 11 years, Autumn, and they are planning to divorce. 

Peter, 42, and Autumn, 41, tied the knot at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in 2008 -- where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbanks both had their royal weddings in 2018. 

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ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Peter Phillips with his children Savannah (left) and Isla during the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips watch a flypast from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 8, 2019 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, although the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Lt Col Charles Richards (Deputy Master of the Household and Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II) and Peter Phillips attend Sunday service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on January 12, 2020 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mia Tindall and Peter Phillips attend day 3 of the Whatley Manor Gatcombe International Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 15, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
BRAEMAR, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: 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. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Peter Phillips with his children Savannah (left) and Isla during the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Zara Phillips and Peter Phillips attend day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend day three, Ladies Day, of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
SUTTON COLDFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips takes part in the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall Celebrity Golf Classic at The Belfry on May 17, 2019 in Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Peter Phillips and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Virgin London Marathon 2019 on April 28, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28: Peter Phillips and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Virgin London Marathon 2019 on April 28, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Peter Phillips, Autumn Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Zara Tindall, Mike Tindall, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look on at Queen Elizebeth II attends Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel on April 21, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel on April 21, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 21: (L-R) Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend the Easter Sunday service at St George's Chapel on April 21, 2019 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips kisses his mother Princess Anne, Princess Royal as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 23, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips gives his daughter Isla Phillips a piggyback as they attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 23, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
STROUD, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: Isla Phillips and Peter Phillips attend the Land Rover Novice & Intermediate Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 23, 2019 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 15, 2019 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Peter Phillips with his daughters Isla (left) and Savannah arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and Isla Phillips attend a Christmas lunch for members of the Royal Family hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on December 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn Phillips leaving the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 12: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank at St George's Chapel on October 12, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Autumn Phillips, wife of Peter Phillips, arrive at Crathie Kirk in Scotland before attending a Sunday morning church service. (Photo by John Linton/PA Images via Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 05: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mike Tindall hugs his brother-in-law Peter Phillips as they attend day 3 of The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 5, 2018 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
The Princess Royal talks to her son Peter Phillips at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II, Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and John Warren attend day 5 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 23, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend day 5 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 23, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips wave as Queen Elizabeth II's carriage procession passes by on day 5 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 23, 2018 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips arrive by carriage during Royal Ascot Day 2 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2018 in Ascot, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Savannah Phillips, and Peter Phillips attend the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Park on June 10, 2018 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Isla Phillips, Peter Phillips, Savannah Phillips and Autumn Phillips stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour 2018 on June 9, 2018 in London, England. The annual ceremony involving over 1400 guardsmen and cavalry, is believed to have first been performed during the reign of King Charles II. The parade marks the official birthday of the Sovereign, even though the Queen's actual birthday is on April 21st. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: 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. (Photo by James Devaney/FilmMagic)
(left to right) Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex and Peter Phillips and his children Savannah and Isla, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, in central London, following the Trooping the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade as the Queen celebrates her official birthday. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend the traditional Easter Sunday church service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 1, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
CHELTENHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Peter Phillips kisses wife Autumn Phillips as they attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 16, 2018 in Cheltenham, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Autumn Phillips, Isla Phillips, Peter Philips and Savannah Phillips attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on December 25, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 25: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend the Gatcombe Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on March 25, 2018 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend a Christmas lunch for the extended Royal Family at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
STROUD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Peter Phillips watch Zara Tindall compete in the Show Jumping on BGS Class Affair at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 5, 2017 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Autumn Phillips and Peter Phillips attend Royal Ascot 2017 at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2017 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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“They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship," a spokesperson for the couple told British network ITV in a statement. “The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and, although sad, is an amicable one."

Peter, who is son of Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, has two daughters with Autumn, 9-year-old Savannah and 7-year-old Isla.

“The couple’s first priority will remain the continued well-being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters, Savannah and Isla," the statement continued. “Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co-parent their children.”

While Autumn is Canadian, ITV reported that she plans to remain in Gloucestershire, England, to help raise her children. 

News of the couple's separation comes after Queen Elizabeth's son, Prince Andrew, became entrenched in scandal due to his connections to the late disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. He has officially stepped down from his royal duties.

Unrelated, Prince Harry has also stepped down from his royal duties, choosing to split his time between Canada and the U.K. and to lose his HRH titles along with his wife, Meghan. 

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