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Peter Phillips is said to have split from wife of 12 years Autumn (Picture: Getty Images) The Queen's oldest grandson has reportedly split with his wife after 12 years of marriage. Peter Phillips, 42, is said to be 'devastated' after wife Autumn, 41, told him she wanted to separate, The Sun reports. The couple share daughters Savannah, nine and Isla, seven, who both have dual Canadian citizenship. No-one else is believed to be involved in the split. A friend of Peter claimed that the break-up had been a 'bolt out of the blue' for him, as he had 'thought he was happily married'.

Queen’s eldest grandson Peter Phillips ‘splits with wife of 12 years’

The couple have two daughters together (Picture: Rex Features) They told The Sun: 'Autumn is a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman but she's been telling her friends for some time that there were issues. 'She is a favourite of the Queen and I'm sure Her Majesty will be very upset by this as well. Uni student rushed to hospital with suspected coronavirus 'It's the last thing she needs after all her recent troubles and you get the feeling that the royal family is falling apart a little bit.' Advertisement Autumn met Peter, Princess Anne's son, in 2003 at the Formula One Grand Prix in her home city of Montreal. She had no idea who he was at the event, and only discovered his royal connection six weeks later when she saw him on TV. Peter is said to be 'devastated' by the split (Picture: Getty Images) Peter proposed in 2007 and the couple married at St George's Chapel in Windsor in 2008. At the time, they were accused of cashing in on the Royal Family after selling their wedding photos to Hello! magazine. Storm Ciara kills second victim, 77, after he fell in icy conditions Peter came under fire earlier this year after it was revealed he had become the face of a milk brand in China which used his royal connections in their promotional material. In adverts for the product, he could be seen smiling with the caption 'British Royal Family member' written underneath – despite not having an HRH title. He then gushed that the farm which produces the milk 'has got a fantastic reputation all over China and outside of China as well, for producing high quality dairy products'. The adverts prompted speculation over what Prince Harry and Meghan may do once they become 'financially independent' after stepping back from the Royal Family. Got a story for Metro.co.uk? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected] For more stories like this, check our news page.