While royal weddings often attract much excitement and public interest, unfortunately, some marriages haven’t lasted. Three of the Queen’s children went through a divorce – Prince Charles to Princess Diana, Princess Anne to Mark Phillips and Prince Andrew to Sarah Ferguson. Charles remarried the Duchess of Cornwall, while Anne found love again with Timothy Laurence.
Take a look back at some of the most high-profile royal divorces through the years.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana
The couple were married in a fairy-tale wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981 and became parents to sons Prince William and Prince Harry in 1982 and 1984 respectively. Charles and Diana‘s marriage broke down and the pair were leading separate lives by 1992, with their divorce finalised in 1996.
Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly
Princess Anne‘s son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn sadly announced their separation in February 2020. The couple, who share daughters Savannah and Isla, continue to live at the Princess Royal’s Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.
Peter and Autumn confirmed the end of their almost 12-year marriage in a statement at the time, adding: “Both families were naturally sad at the announcement, but fully supportive of Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to co-parent their children.”
Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony de Nassau
The third son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Prince Louis, met his future wife Tessy in 2004. The couple married in September 2006 when their first child Prince Gabriel was six months old. Their second son Prince Noah arrived one year later in September 2007.
In January 2017, the couple announced their separation but their divorce wasn’t finalised until April 2019.
Tessy is happily settled with her fiance, Swiss businessman Frank Floessel, with whom she is expecting her third child. Prince Louis, meanwhile, is engaged to Scarlett-Lauren Sirgue.