Friends fear Autumn Phillips could take daughters to live in Canada

Friends fear Autumn Phillips could take daughters Savannah and Isla to live in Canada after split in echoes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie

  • Queen’s grandson is said to be in ‘total shock’ at his wife’s decision to split 
  • Friends of the couple fear that she will take their children to live in Canada 
  • It is believed that both of the daughters possess Canadian citizenship
  • One speculated that the Sussexes’ departure may have hastened decision 

Friends fear that Autumn Phillips could take her daughters Savannah and Isla to live in Canada following her split from husband Peter in echoes of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Archie. 

Canadian Autumn, 41, has told Anne’s 42-year-old son that she wants to split after 12 years of marriage.

People close to the couple reveal that the Queen’s favourite grandson is ‘devastated’ with the decision.  

Autumn Phillips is pictured with Savannah Phillips (right) and Isla Phillips during the 2019 Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park on August 2, 2019. She is splitting from her husband of 12 years and there are fears she could take the youngsters to Canada

Friends have told The Sun that the Sussexes’ departure from the UK could have spurred on the move.

Autumn and Peter’s daughters are believed to have Canadian citizenship and they could easily live there.

Peter Phillips (pictured at the Christmas Day morning church service at Sandringham) is said to be devastated 

One source revealed: ‘What worries some of us is that Autumn may want to go back to Canada.

‘Maybe she has been influenced by Harry and Meghan’s departure. Perhaps she thought if that can happen then I can leave as well? That might be unfair on her but you have to consider it.’

The couple sold pictures of their 2008 wedding to Hello! Magazine for £500,000, causing outrage withing the royal family

Another said that Peter didn’t see the shock decision coming a thought he was happily married with the perfect family.

But he is now said to be in ‘total shock’ as the Queen is also upset by news of the marriage breakdown. 

Autumn has reportedly been saying for some time that there have been issues in the marriage.  

Friends fear the Autumn could follow the example of Harry (pictured with Archie) and take her children out of the UK 

They added that it feels as though the Royal Family is falling apart in the latest shock to rock the Windsors. 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’.

Peter Philips, Autumn Phillips and children Savannah and Isla at the Trooping the Colour ceremony in London in June

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.




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