Peter and Autumn Phillips

Peter and Autumn Phillips announced earlier this week that they have split, but were the signs the couple were struggling there already?

  • The pair made the sad announcement that they have split in an official statement earlier this week.
  • But now it’s been pointed out that there was a massive clue that their relationship was struggling for the past few months.
  • This follows royal news (opens in new tab) that Prince William does something very kind for families who have lost a loved one.

Royal fans were very surprised when the couple announced that they would be going their separate ways after twelve years of marriage.

But it seems that there was a big clue that their marriage was on the rocks – the pair missed two major royal events in December.

The last time Peter and Autumn were pictured together at a royal event was at the Braemar Highland Gathering in Scotland in early September, when they joined the Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla.

They were noticeably absent from the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, and they were also not seen on Christmas day, when many members of the royal family joined the Queen at Sandrigham.

According to Hello! magazine, Peter also travelled to Sandringham without Autumn in January.

Peter and Autumn Phillips

The pair were last seen together at Braemar Highland Gathering in Scotland in September (Credit: Getty)

The couple confirmed the split (opens in new tab) in an official statement earlier this week, where they explained they informed the Queen last year.

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.

Autumn and Peter Phillips

The couple share two daughters, Savannah and Isla (Credit: Getty)

‘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.

'Peter and Autumn have requested privacy and compassion for their children while the family continues to adapt to these changes.’

Mariana is a lifestyle writer who has written for Goodto.com and My Imperfect Life. She joined the Goodto.com team as an intern after completing her journalism MA at City University. After six months spent writing about food, celebrity news, and family trends, Mariana left to write for Healthy Food magazine - but returned in 2017, to join the Future team once again. In her spare time, you’ll find Mariana in the kitchen cooking for her friends.