Peter Phillips’ pals fear wife Autumn ‘will leave UK for Canada’ like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Peter Phillips’ friends are reported to be concerned that his ex-wife Autumn will flee to Canada with their children after they confirmed their split.

Close friends of the 42 year old, who is the eldest grandson of The Queen, are said to have suggested that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s move to Canada earlier this year could have “hastened Autumn’s shock decision”.

Peter’s wife Autumn, 41, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada and met her future husband at the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix.

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It’s understood their two daughters, nine year old Savannah and eight year old Isla, both have dual citizenships in Canada and the UK.

A friend of Peter’s told The Sun Online: “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.”

But, a statement released by the couple to confirm their decision to divorce on Tuesday 11 February says the pair plan to bring their children up together.

A spokesperson for the couple said: “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.

Peter and Autumn Phillips' relationship in pictures as the Queen's grandson announces their divorce

“The couple's first priority will remain the continued well-being and upbringing of their wonderful daughters, Savannah and Isla.

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

“Both Peter and Autumn have remained in Gloucestershire to bring up their two children where they have been settled for a number of years.”

The statement shows unity within their decision to end their marriage, but a source has hinted that the breakup came as a surprise for Peter.

“Peter is absolutely devastated by this and just didn’t see it coming,” an insider told The Sun Online.

“He thought he was happily married and had the perfect family with two lovely daughters. But he is now in total shock.

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“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.”

The Queen, who has asked Meghan and Harry to return to the UK next month, was also said to be upset with with a string of difficult situations for the royal family over the past year, from Meghan and Harry stepping down rom their roles as senior royals to Prince Andrew’s “car crash” interview over his links to Jeffrey Epstein.

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