Queen Elizabeth's grandson, Peter Phillips, separated from his Canadian wife after a twelve-year marriage, the Sun newspaper reported Tuesday.
According to the tabloid, Phillips, the oldest of the British monarch's eight grandchildren, was devastated when his wife Autumn was about to split up.
The couple, who married in 2008, have two children, Savannah (9) and Isla (7). Buckingham Palace said there was no comment because it was a private matter.
42-year-old Phillips, son of Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne and 15th on the throne, and 41-year-old Autumn met at the Montreal Grand Prix in 2003 when he worked for the BMW Williams Formula 1 racing team BMW Hospitality Suite.
They married at the Queen's residence at Windsor Castle near London, where a number of royal weddings have recently taken place, including that of another grandson of Elizabeth, Prince Harry, with his American wife Meghan.
Phillips has no royal title and tended not to be in the spotlight. However, he organized a huge street party outside Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016.
The sun said the monarch, 93, was very upset with the news, which was due to a series of serious setbacks for the royal family.
Harry and Meghan plunged the Windsors into a crisis last month when they announced that they wanted to reduce their official duties. This led to a deal that means they retire as royals to spend more time in Canada and the United States.
Meanwhile, the Queen's second son, Prince Andrew, stepped down from public office in November because of his ties to sex scandals with the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein.
"The queen has to wonder what she did to deserve this," the sun quoted an unnamed senior royal source.
"Peter Phillips has always been a darling of her and Prince Philip, and she will be depressed by this, especially about all the other bad news. One wonders what will happen next."
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