The Daily Telegraph

Queen’s grandson reaches divorce settlement hours before trial

- By Victoria Ward

‘Whilst this is a sad day, they continue to put the well-being and upbringing of their daughters first’

PETER PHILLIPS, the Queen’s grandson, has agreed a divorce settlement with his estranged wife, Autumn, avoiding a courtroom showdown.

The couple, who have two daughters, aged 10 and nine, confirmed that they had resolved the financial aspects of their divorce “amicably”.

The announceme­nt came just as a five-day trial was scheduled to begin at the High Court.

The hearing was called off minutes before it was due to start.

The couple announced last February that they were divorcing after 12 years of marriage.

A statement released yesterday on behalf of both parties said: “Mr Peter Phillips and Mrs Autumn Phillips are pleased to be able to report that the financial aspects of their divorce have been resolved through agreement, the terms of which have been approved and ordered by the High Court today.

“Whilst this is a sad day for Peter and Autumn, they continue to put the wellbeing and upbringing of their wonderful daughters Savannah and Isla first and foremost.

“Both Peter and Autumn are pleased to have resolved matters amicably with the children firmly at the forefront of those thoughts and decisions.”

The couple requested privacy and considerat­ion for their children as the family “adapts to a new chapter in their lives”.

A pre-trial review hearing was heard remotely last month, before Mr Justice Peel in the Family Division, as lawyers sought to separate their finances and agree a settlement.

Mr Phillips, 43, son of the Princess Royal and brother to Zara Tindall, 40, applied for reporting restrictio­ns barring the disclosure of financial and other personal details. He retained Nicholas Yates QC, a leading divorce lawyer whose online profile says he handles “complex cases relating to significan­t assets and jurisdicti­onal disputes” and also “leads negotiatio­ns in high-value postnuptia­l agreements”.

Last year he worked alongside Ayesha Vardag, representi­ng Simrin Choudhrie, 38, who sought £100 million from Bhanu Choudhrie, 41, an heir of one of India’s richest families.

As the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s eldest grandchild, Mr Phillips walked behind his grandfathe­r’s coffin during his funeral procession in April, placed between his cousins the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

In March, he was accused of breaking lockdown restrictio­ns by spending the night with a female friend Lindsay Wallace, 40, in Aberdeensh­ire, Scotland.

Police officers were said to have visited the pair at the property and “issued advice” but concluded that no breach of rules had taken place. Mr Phillips, a marketing consultant, was reported to have been in Scotland on business “in connection with his work for XF Medical which operates in the Covid testing arena”.

He is listed on Companies House as event director of Festival of British Eventing.

Accounts filed in October last year show the company made a loss of £26,412.

He and Mrs Phillips are directors of SEL UK, a sports and events firm which is a division of an Australian company set up in 2012 by a friend of his father.

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