Who is Peter Phillips? The Queen’s grandson

PETER Phillips is running late The Queen’s eldest grandchild and a well-loved member of the Royal Family.

Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips grew up outside the royal bubble, as did his sister Zara Tindall, but while they’re not working members of the firm, the late Queen’s grandchildren are regulars at milestone events.

The Queen's eldest grandson, Peter Phillips

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The Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter PhillipsPhoto credit: Getty

Who is Peter Phillips?

Peter Phillips was born on November 15, 1977 at St Mary’s Hospital to Princess Anne and her first husband Captain Mark Phillips.

Because hereditary titles are passed down the male line, Captain Phillips does not have a royal title and Peter did not inherit a royal title at birth.

Peter’s parents turned down an offer from the Queen of Titles that would have allowed their children to be born into the peerage.

It is believed that they wanted their child to have a chance to lead a normal life.

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Royal insiders have previously said that Peter was the Queen’s “favourite” grandson.

Despite being related to the British royal family, Peter and Zara have never performed royal duties.

In March 2020, Peter was questioned by police after he complained he had gone to Scotland to see a married woman.

Police, called by angry locals, “gave advice” to Phillips, 43, who lives 460 miles away in Gloucestershire.

Peter, Wills and Harry will attend the procession at Prince Philip's funeral tomorrow

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Peter, Wills and Harry will attend the procession at Prince Philip’s funeral tomorrowPhoto credit: Getty

Phillips, who lives on his mother Princess Anne’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, turned up in the village of St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire.

Police visited him and the 40-year-old mother-of-two at their £475,000 home.

But officials ruled he was not breaking Covid lockdown rules after he said he was on a business trip.

Father-of-two Peter announced his split from Canadian wife Autumn, 41, in February 2020.

Who is Peter Phillips’ ex-wife Autumn?

Autumn is a Canadian-born business consultant who has two children with Peter – Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.

Autumn met Peter at the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix where she was working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

It is said that she was unaware at the time that he was Queen Elizabeth’s grandson.

She later moved to the UK where she lived with Peter in a flat in Kensington, London.

The couple married in 2008 and stayed together until their divorce.

Peter Phillips, left, and his Canadian ex-wife Autumn Kelly

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Peter Phillips, left, and his Canadian ex-wife Autumn KellyCredit: AP

In February 2020, Peter confirmed he was divorcing his wife, saying “It’s sad but for the best of the kids”.

A statement issued on her behalf said: “After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn mutually agreed to a separation.

“They had decided that this was the best course of action for their two children and the ongoing friendship.

“The decision to divorce and share custody came after many months of discussion and, while sad, is amicable.

“The couple’s top priority will remain the continued well-being and upbringing of their beautiful daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.

Kate, Harry, Will, Peter and Autumn with their children during an event in 2017

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Kate, Harry, Will, Peter and Autumn with their children during an event in 2017Photo credit: Getty

“Both families were obviously saddened by the announcement, but fully supported Peter and Autumn in their shared decision to raise their children together.”

“Both Peter and Autumn have stayed in Gloucestershire to raise their two children, where they have settled for a number of years.”

Who are Peter Phillips’ children?

Peter’s first child, Savannah, is the late Queen’s eldest great-grandchild.

Born in December 2010, Savannah was the first Canadian citizen of line to the throne of the Commonwealth kingdoms.

In July 2012, Autumn gave birth to another girl, Isla Elizabeth.

It has been speculated that Isla’s middle name is in honor of the Queen, although this has never been officially confirmed.

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