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Queen’s ‘bumpy’ 12 months: Peter Phillips’s love-split comes after Megxit

As her eldest grandson Peter Phillips separates from his wife-of-12-years Autumn Phillips the Queen has reportedly been left ‘upset’ by the second family trouble of the year.  

In the second month of 2020 the Queen has had yet another bombshell dropped by one of her eight grandchildren.

Last month the monarch was forced to negotiate with Prince Harry after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they would be stepping down from their duties as senior royals and moving to North America.  

And now the Queen is reportedly unsettled by the news that Peter Philips’ Canadian wife Autumn Phillips – said to be a favourite granddaughter-in-law of hers – may also be leaving the country for a fresh start away from the Royal Family.    

As the couple’s daughters, the Queen’s great-granddaughters, Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven, are believed to have dual Canadian citizenship it is not known whether they will follow their mother should she chose to go.  

Autumn is believed to have led the decision to divorce with her husband Peter Philips, 42. 

A friend of Peter Philips told The Sun: ‘She is a favourite of the Queen and I’m sure Her Majesty will be very upset by this as well.

‘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.’

The Queen was last seen travelling to church with Autumn in September of last year. 

She was previously seen laughing away with the Queen and Prince Charles at the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland earlier that month.

Last year, while not officially an annus horribilis, the Queen faced many challenges including her beloved Prince Philip suffering a car crash in Norfolk at the age of 97. 

The Sussexes drew criticism for their perceived hypocrisy over the environment while Prince Andrew ‘retired from his duties’ after an ill-judged BBC interview about that sordid Epstein affair. 

But just two months in to the new decade it seems 2020 could be squaring up to be the start of another annus horribilis.

Hoping to put 2019 behind her the queen addressed the ‘bumpy’ 12 months in which Prince Andrew was forced to step down from public duties, stating that ‘small steps’ can overcome difficulties and division. 

The year saw Prince Philip face a police probe over a car crash, Prince Harry acknowledge tensions in his relationship with his elder brother William, and Harry’s wife Meghan admit she was struggling with her new life as a royal.

But the biggest ‘bump’ faced by the Royal Family was the fallout from the Duke of York’s disastrous Newsnight interview about his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  

He repeatedly denied claims that he had sex with one of the disgraced financier’s victims, Virginia Roberts, when she was just 17. Miss Roberts then accused him of lying.

The Queen’s second son also faced calls to speak to the FBI about his relationship with Epstein, who was found dead in his prison cell in August awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

Andrew was effectively sacked by his mother after his older brother Charles warned her that the scandal threatened to engulf the monarchy.

Just days into the new year another ‘bump’ in the road hit for the Royals leaving the royal household ‘disappointed’ and ‘hurt’ at Meghan and Harry’s decision to announce their departure – amid claims that the couple did not tell the Queen.   

Of the queen’s eight grandchildren four are married – Prince Harry, Prince William, Princess Eugenie, Zara Philips; one is now separated – Peter Philips; one is engaged to be married – Princess Beatrice; and two are children – James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

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