Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and his wife Autumn are divorcing after 12 years of marriage.
The couple said in a statement Tuesday that the separation was sad but amicable. They plan to share custody of daughters Savannah, 9 and Isla, 7.
The 42-year-old Phillips is the son of Princess Anne and will be the first of the queen’s eight grandchildren to divorce. Three of the monarch’s four children are divorced, including Anne, who split from Mark Phillips in 1992.
Peter Phillips married Canadian management consultant Autumn Kelly at Windsor Castle in 2008.
Announcement of their separation comes after a tumultuous few months for Britain’s royal family. Last month the queen’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan quit royal duties, saying they wanted to seek financial independence and spend more time in North America.
In a January speech, Prince Harry expressed “great sadness” over his and Duchess Meghan’s decision to step back from their royal duties.
Speaking at a charity event for Sentebale, the charity he co-founded in 2006 to honor Princess Diana’s support for those affected by HIV and AIDS, Prince Harry, 35, addressed the elephant in the room: He told attendees he wanted them to “hear the truth from me, as much as I can share.”
Just weeks earlier, the queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, also stepped down from royal duties in November amid controversy over his friendship with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
In a statement announcing the change in his public role, Prince Andrew said he continued to “unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein.”
Shocking headlines – and pictures – popped up in January 2015 when an American woman living in Australia, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 35, alleged in court documents that she was groomed by Epstein and his associates to sexually service Epstein’s powerful friends when she was a young Florida teen.
Andrew emphatically denied knowing anything about Epstein’s alleged crimes and to having any sexual contact with Giuffre.
Contributing: Maria Puente, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press