KEY POINTS

  • Queen Elizabeth II's favorite grandson Peter Phillips is divorcing wife Autumn
  • Peter an Autumn Phillips' divorce announcement was made a month after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's exit
  • A royal biographer said Peter and Zara are Queen Elizabeth II's favorite grandchildren

Queen Elizabeth’s favorite grandson announced his divorce a month after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s exit.

The monarch faces another royal divorce as his eldest grandson Peter Phillips announced that he and his wife Autumn have decided to part ways. Peter and Autumn reportedly agreed to separate and informed the Queen and the other members of the royal family last year as confirmed by their spokesman Gerard Franklin on Tuesday, CNN reported.

“They had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship. The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, is an amicable one,” the statement read.

“Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co-parent their children.”

Peter and Autumn share two daughters Savannah, 9, and Isla, 7. The announcement came as a shock since many experts believed that the Queen will no longer allow any royal divorce because she already endured three with her children.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Princess Anne and Mark Phillips, and Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson’s marriages all ended in divorce. Prince Edward is the Queen’s only child with a successful first marriage and the monarch believes that it’s because of Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and how she manages the royal prince.

According to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, the Queen’s favorite grandchildren are not Prince William and Prince Harry, but Princess Anne’s children Peter and Zara Tindall. The expert said that they are special because they are Her Majesty’s first grandchildren.

“I think the Queen is closest to Zara and Peter as they were her first grandchildren and have always been the favourites,” Seward said.

Earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shocked the world when they announced that they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family. Prince Harry and Markle are currently in Canada with their son, Archie. Just recently, the Sussexes appeared at a JP Morgan event and received $975,000. The outing was considered the Sussexes’ first gig and they accepted the cash but it was deemed a “PR disaster.”