The Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, and wife Autumn have confirmed their "amicable" separation after 12 years of marriage.
The couple said they were in the process of divorcing, and will share custody of their two daughters – nine-year-old Savannah and seven-year-old Isla.
A spokesperson disclosed that the pair had informed the Queen and their families last year.
The spokesperson added: "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.
"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."
Peter is the son of Princess Anne and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, and is 15th in line to the throne.
He and Autumn – who married in Windsor in 2008 – first met in Canada in 2003 while working on the country's F1 race that year. Peter is the older brother to Zara Tindall, and cousin to Prince William and Prince Harry.
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