And while she might have hoped for a bit of good news, last night the royal family was dealt another blow when it was revealed that her eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, has separated from his wife of 12 years, Autumn.
Peter, 42, is the eldest son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. He is the elder brother of Zara Tindall and cousin to Princes Williams and Harry. He and Autumn, 41, have two daughters, Savannah, 9 and Isla, 7, and have said they will share custody.
In a statement issued on their behalf this morning, the couple said the decision to divorce and "co-parent" was "the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship". It is thought that they told The Queen and other royals of their decision to split last year and they haven't been seen together in public since September 2019.
The couple have been married for 12 years after meeting in 2003. Autumn, whose maiden name was Kelly, was working as a management consultant in Canada and met Peter at the Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal. They married in 2008.
Peter and Autumn live in Gloucestershire and are working royals, meaning they don't take money from the public purse. Peter is a director at London-based sports and entertainment events agency, SEL. Last year, he appeared in a Chinese TV advert for a milk brand.
There has been speculation that Autumn may want to return to her home country of Canada in a move inspired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, although the statement released on their behalf did not address this.
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