Peter, 43, was spotted enjoying a playful chat with F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham, who is a close friend of his sister Zara Tindall, in his first public outing since his divorce was finalised earlier this week.
The royal officially split with wife Autumn, 42, – with whom he has daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven – after telling their families of their ‘amicable’ decision to end their marriage two years ago.
But today the royal appeared relaxed and joyful as he cheered on runners during the event, and could be seen sharing friendly chats with his fellow guests in the Royal Box.
Mother-of-two Natalie, who is married to television executive Owain Walbyoff, once dated Prince Harry, but these days her relationships with the royal family are purely platonic, and she’s a close friend of both Zara Tindall and Princes Eugenie, having attended both their weddings.
Peter Phillips looked cheerful as he joined Natalie Pinkham at Royal Ascot today in his first appearance since divorce from wife Autumn was finalised
The royal officially split with wife Autumn, 42, – with whom he has daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven – on Monday, but today he appeared to be having a wonderful time in the Royal Box
Peter, 43, was spotted enjoying a playful chat with F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham, who arrived with his sister Zara Tindall
The royal cut a handsome figure in a black tailcoat paired with a grey waistcoat, purple tie and pink rose boutonnière. Mother-of-three Zara, 40, donned a chic floral number by Erdem with an eye-catching bespoke hat by Sarah Cant and her trusty RayBan sunglasses.
Natalie opted for a chic monochrome ensemble paired with a matching headdress – while her badge said only her own name, following a change in tradition which saw female guest identified with their husband’s name rather than their own.
Harry’s former flame Natalie, 43, is a television presenter and F1 reporter for Sky Sports who lives in west London with her husband of nine years Owain and their two children Willow, six, and seven-year-old Wilfred.
Peter, who will continue living in Gloucestershire to co-parent his daughters- announced the finalisation of his divorce on Monday, and said it was ‘the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship’.
Today the royal appeared relaxed and joyful as he cheered on runners from the royal box during the event
The royal, picture closely watching the races today, cut a handsome figure in a black tailcoat paired with a grey waistcoat, purple tie and pink rose boutonnière
F1 presenter Natalie is a close friend of Peter’s sister Zara and the trio were seen watching the races together from the Royal Box today
A statement, released by a spokesperson on behalf of the couple, 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 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.
‘Peter and Autumn have requested privacy and consideration for their children as the family adapts to a new chapter in their lives.’
The breakdown of Autumn and Peter’s marriage will be particularly painful for the Queen, 95, who enjoys a close relationship with her grandson’s wife.
Princess Anne’s son can be seen chatting with guests in the Royal Box at Ladies Day today
Peter can be seen having a friendly chat with Natalie, who opted for a chic monochrome ensemble paired with a matching headdress
Peter is pictured looking happy and relaxed as he chats with 43-year-old presenter Natalie at the races today
Natalie appeared to be delighted with the result as a slightly bemused looking Zara looked on at the event
Last year an unnamed friend of the couple told the
Peter and Autumn, who stay largely out of the media spotlight, were last seen publicly together when they joined the Queen and Prince Charles at the annual Highland Games Gathering at Braemar in September 2019.
They did not join the royal family for the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham. Peter Phillips was seen without his wife as he arrived at church on the Norfolk estate during a stay in January 2020.
Peter has enjoyed a decidedly more low-key life than his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry that started with his mother Princess Anne’s decision not to give him and his younger sister Zara, now married to Mike Tindall, any royal titles.
Natalie and Peter were seen celebrating their result while watching the Ladies Day races with Zara
Mother-of-three Zara, 40, donned a chic floral number by Erdem with an eye-catching bespoke hat by Sarah Cant as she looked on with brother Peter and pal Natalie
In March this year it was reported that Peter had driven to Aberdeenshire from Gloucestershire to see mother-of-two Lindsay Wallace, 40, a close friend of his sister Zara who knows them both from their £40,000-a-year boarding school.
Furious locals called the police when Peter appeared at Wallace’s £475,000 home in the village of St Cyrus near Montrose. Lindsay has also separated from her spouse – but it is not known when the pair started seeing each other.
The royal said the trip to Scotland was made as a marketing consultant for company XF Medical, set up last June to provide rapid Covid tests and antibody tests for businesses. Peter has denied they are a couple.
Peter is reportedly ‘besotted’ with Lindsay, who he has known for ‘quite some time’ having been three years above her at private boarding school and he understood to have made a trip to her home last August. There is no suggestion he broke Covid rules during that journey.
Wallace is the daughter of a well-off oil tycoon and is thought to have split from her husband Andrew, who she married in 2010. She was pictured at Zara’s wedding to rugby star Mike Tindall in 2011.
Last year, Autumn and Peter announced they had split at the end of 2019, and confirmed they would continue to live in Gloucestershire and co-parent their children Savannah, 9, and Isla, 7 (seen last June)
In March this year it was revealed that Peter had driven to Aberdeenshire from Gloucestershire to see mother-of-two Lindsay Wallace, 40, a close friend of his sister Zara. She is pictured wearing a cream-coloured top and a pink hat at Zara’s wedding to rugby star Mike Tindall in 2011
She attended Aberdeenshire private school Gordonstoun – which was also attended by Prince Philip and Prince Charles – in the same year as Zara, 40. She and Peter are believed to have been reacquainted at a school reunion.
Rumours of Natalie and Harry’s liaison started to whirl in 2006 after pictures surfaced of the pair and a source reported at the time that the Duke of Sussex was ‘absolutely infatuated with Natalie’.
The duo, who mix in the same circles, were said to have remained close friends and enjoyed regular meet-ups over the years, with Natalie becoming his ‘drinking buddy and confidante’.
However it was reported in May 2019 that the pair had become more distant since Harry married Meghan Markle in 2018, with a source telling The Sun: ‘They were super close but it was purely platonic. When Harry got together with Meghan their relationship rapidly changed — it just went flat and noticeably cooled off.’
Despite announcing his split from Canadian-born Autumn, a former events assistant, in 2019, the pair have been living together at Gatcombe Park for the sake of their daughters.
Rumours of Natalie Pinkham and Harry’s liaison started to whirl in 2006 after pictures surfaced of the pair. They are pictured in 2011
While the 43-year-old was rarely spotted outside the royal circle while married to the Queen’s grandson, in the time since their split several snaps have been shared online showing the mother-of-two beaming as she embarks on single life.
During her time in the royal family, Autumn was usually only seen at official engagements, and was last pictured with Peter in at Cheltenham Racecourse in March 2020.
Prior to that, she appeared alongside Peter in Scotland with Prince Charles and the Queen during the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering at the Fife Memorial Park, Braemar, in September 2019.
However, in the two years since the couple’s break-up, friends of Autumn have taken to sharing stunning snaps of the royal on social media as they enjoy wild weekends away and party together.
Previously unseen photographs of Autumn Phillips, 43, show the royal enjoying wild weekends away with her friends and partying at some of London’s swankiest restaurants after her split from Peter Phillips (pictured centre in October 2020 with Anna-Louise Felstead, left, and another friend, Lulu, right)
‘Breakfast at Heathrow’: The mother-of-two was seen without her engagement or wedding ring while drinking champagne at Heathrow with close friend Anna-Louise Felstead as they set off on a girly weekend away (pictured Autumn left, and Anna-Louise, right, in October 2020)
At the time of the couple’s split, a source close to the family told
They added: ‘At the moment they are still sharing the marital home in Gloucestershire and there are no plans for a quickie divorce, there’s no rush and there is no suggestion of Autumn going to Canada.’
The source said the couple had ‘very sadly grown apart’, and said they’d been having discussions about their marriage for ‘some time’. They added that the royal family had been aware things ‘hadn’t been going well’ since the autumn.
A statement issued by Gerard Franklin, their official spokesperson, at the time of announcing their split read: ‘After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn jointly agreed to separate.
Happier times: Peter plants a cheeky kiss on his wife’s cheek at the Cheltenham festival in 2018
‘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 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.’
Who is former PA Autumn Kelly who fell for her Prince Charming Peter Phillips BEFORE realising he was a royal and renounced her Catholicism to marry him
Autumn, born into a normal, middle-class Canadian family, has been taken from a personal assistant to a respected – and much-loved – member of the royal family.
Autumn’s early years are a world apart from the grand royal residences and media glare of her former husband’s – and starts with a modest cottage in Cedar Park, Pointe-Claire, in the English speaking West Island region of Montreal.
The separation of Peter and Autumn Phillips brought an end a 17-year royal romance that reads like a real-life fairytale, one in which Autumn, born into a normal, middle-class Canadian family, is taken from a personal assistant to a respected – and much-loved – member of the royal family. Pictured, the couple at Royal Ascot while they were dating
Autumn was one of three children born to Kathleen and Brian Kelly. Her twin brother, Chris, is a bricklayer and roofer, and their other brother, Kevin, works as a chef.
Autumn’s parents divorced when she was eight and both later remarried. Kathleen, known as ‘Kitty’, to pilot Ron Magos and Brian, an executive at an electricity company, to a woman named Lynne, with whom he had two more children.
Kathleen and Brian sent their daughter to a Roman Catholic primary school.
At her local state school, St Thomas High, Autumn was widely considered the class beauty, and excelled at sport, particularly football and ringette, which is similar to ice hockey.
Classmates remember her being at the centre of a clique of ‘snooty’ young girls, however, who called themselves The Get-Along Gang.
‘They thought they were better than everyone else and could be quite bitchy. Autumn was her own number one priority. She’d throw hissy fits if she didn’t get her own way and could be moody and self-involved. But she did have a generous side and could be a good friend when she dropped her airs and graces,’ recalls one.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly pose for pictures on the cross country course at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire in 2007
She was also regarded as a party animal, ‘buving’ (the local slang for drinking) and smoking with her mates.
During her teenage years Autumn landed small roles in a Bob Hoskins film and a TV series but ultimately decided to pursue East Asian studies at the city’s McGill University.
After juggling her academics with part-time work as a barmaid and model, Autumn graduated from McGill in 2002.
She is said to have landed a management consultancy job but by June the following year Autumn was working in an events role at the Montreal Grand Prix. It is here she met her future husband, Peter Phillips.
At the time Peter was working in a marketing capacity for the Williams Formula One team and had travelled to Canada for the high-profile event. There is disagreement over where Autumn was working, with conflicting reports suggesting the BMW hospitality tent and as a ‘Budweiser girl’, but one thing is agreed: there was an immediate attraction between the pair.
Peter and Autumn Phillips on their wedding day at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 17, 2008. They have now separated. The couple sold pictures of their 2008 wedding to Hello! Magazine for £500,000, causing outrage within the royal family
Peter kept his family connections under wraps but Autumn was still charmed by the Englishman. They started a long-distance relationship, speaking on the phone every day, and Autumn travelled to the UK to visit Peter just weeks after meeting. The loved-up Canadian even accepted a job that would take her to England.
However she only discovered her new beau was the Queen’s grandson when she was watching a TV show about Prince William’s 21st birthday and a photo of Peter flashed up on screen. Her mother, who was sitting by her side, reportedly said to her daughter ‘What have you gotten yourself into?’
Despite the shock, Autumn decided to pursue the relationship and took up a position as a personal assistant to Sir Michael Parkinson.
Unlike some other royal couples, the early days of Autumn and Peter conducted the early days of their relationship largely out of the public eye, thanks largely to Peter’s role as a ‘non-working’ royal and lack of royal title.
This commitment to a ‘normal’ life remains to this day, with the couple previously saying they are normal people who ‘work full time, enjoy our weekends and get on with our lives like anybody else’.
Autumn Phillips and daughters Isla Phillips (left) and Savannah Phillips (right) eat ice creams as they watch the show jumping during the Gatcombe Horse Trails at Gatcombe Park, Minchinhampton in March 2016
After four years together, Peter popped the question and their engagement was announced on 28 July 2007. A date was set for the following year.
Autumn was born and brought up a Roman Catholic but renounced her faith shortly before their wedding so her husband-to-be did not have to give up his claim to the throne.
The couple tied the knot at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on 17 May 2008 in front of 300 guests, including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and Prince Harry.
Autumn looked resplendent in a gown by Sassi Halford and the Festoon Tiara, which was lent to the bride by Princess Anne. She finished her look with a necklace and earrings gifted to her by her husband. Among her six bridesmaids was her new sister-in-law, Zara Phillips.
The women have gone on to form a close relationship. Both enjoy country pursuits and lived on 600-acre Aston Farm, which adjoins Princess Anne’s country estate of Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire. It is not known where Peter and Autumn are now living.
Mr and Mrs Phillips attracted media attention when they sold their wedding photos to Hello! magazine in May 2008 for a reported £500,000. The episode provoked claims the couple had exploited their Royal status.
Happier times: Peter plants a cheeky kiss on his wife’s cheek at the Cheltenham festival in 2018
Photos of the couple on honeymoon on safari in South Africa were also released to the press, prompting speculation they had received the £1,000-a-night accommodation for free – or at least at a knock-down rate – in return for their co-operation in publicising the stay.
In 2010, the couple returned to London after living in Hong Kong, where Peter had a job with the Royal Bank of Scotland, heading their sports sponsorship activities in the region.
Autumn gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Savannah, in December 2010. Savannah was the Queen’s first great-granddaughter. In October 2011 the couple announced they were expecting their second child. Isla was born in March 2012.
The couple raised their daughters in Gloucestershire and were regulars at the traditional 17th-century stone-built pub, the Ragged Cot Inn in Minchinhampton — which was also the favourite drinking hole of Peter’s parents decades ago.
She is a director of the business SCGB — the initials stand for Super Cars Great Britain — which offers guided driving holidays for supercar owners.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips looking cosy at the Cheltenham Festival on 15 March 2019
Set up with friend Rachael Thomson, their jaunts include trips to Split in Croatia, Venice and the Highlands. The entrance fee is £8,500, with additional expenses on top. Peter’s friend, Johnny Hon, also took part.
Autumn and Ms Thomson are described in the company literature as ‘elite events professionals with more than ten years’ experience with High Net Worth Individual events’.
Sadly, the figures are far from impressive. Micro accounts filed in June 2019 state that the company has net assets of just £1,670 and owes £63,000.
Autumn is also the director of two other businesses. First, APP Consultancy Limited, so-called because of her initials (her middle name is Patricia), which was set up in September 2014 and is run from the farm.
The couple have chosen to keep their daughters largely out of the spotlight, although they have joined their parents at high-profile royal events like Trooping the Colour.
The girls have also been seen at the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham and on family days out to the Gatcombe Horse Trials.
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