Queen’s grandson Peter Philips and wife Autumn cheer on horses together at Cheltenham after split – The Sun

THE Queen's grandson Peter Philips and his wife Autumn appeared firm friends as they cheered on the horses at Cheltenham Festival today.

The former couple enjoyed the first day of the races in Gloucestershire – just one month after announcing their split.

The pair enjoyed a box view of Cheltenham Race Course with friends, laughing and cheering as the horses went by.

In one nail-biting moment during the Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase, Peter could be seen hiding behind his programme as his wife laughed in front of him with a friend.

It comes after the pair formally announced they would split amicably last month.

Sports marketing consultant Peter, 42, and Autumn, 41, who is a management consultant, are currently living under the same roof but are in the process of divorce after 12 years of marriage.

Together they have two daughters – Savannah, nine and Isla, seven.


Sources close to the couple say they plan to remain living close to each other after their divorce, with one moving to another part of Princess Anne's Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

Close friends blamed the split on constant business travel forcing them to spend time away from each other which resulted in a “drifting apart”.

After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate.

Last month, Peter issued an emotional statement, after The Sun revealed he and Autumn would split.

It read: "After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate.

"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, nine, and Isla, seven.

"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."

And sources said: "This is a very amicable break-up.

"They remain living in the same house together. The reality is that they have spent so much time away from each other with their various work commitments. They drifted apart.

“There is no intention to rush anything but at some point one of them will move out."

The couple are in the process of divorcing and Peter – the eldest child of Princess Anne and her first husband Mark Phillips – will be the first of the Queen's grandchildren to divorce.

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