Previously unseen photographs of Autumn Phillips 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.
The Canadian former events assistant, 42, was rarely spotted outside the royal circle while married to the Queen‘s grandson Peter, 42, whom she wed in 2008.
Sources revealed Autumn and Peter’s relationship ‘hadn’t been going well’ in September 2019, with the couple – who share daughters Savannah, 9, and Isla, 7 – later announcing they had split at the end of the year.
In the 18 months since the break-up, snaps shared online show the mother-of-two beaming as she embarks on single life, enjoying a glass of wine with friends in bed and drinking champagne for ‘breakfast at Heathrow’ airport.
Previously unseen photographs of Autumn Phillips, 42, 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)
Other photographs shared by Anna-Louise show the pair enjoying dinners out at some of London’s most exclusive and trendy restaurants (pictured, left, with Anna-Louise, right, in July 2020)
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 past 18 months 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.
Made In Chelsea star Binky Felstead’s sister Anna-Louise regularly posts photographs of the duo in hysterics with one another and has referred to Autumn as her ‘bestie.’
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 September 2019, weeks after Autumn had been pictured at the Highland Games with the Queen and during a period when sources said the relationship ‘wasn’t going well’, Anna-Louise posted a series of photographs with Autumn.
Sharing one selfie with the Queen’s granddaughter-in-law, she wrote: ‘Zero sleep so needed a filter #Shameless.’
Autumn went on to comment from her own Instagram account, playfully posting: ‘Thank god for the filter!!’
Weeks later the girls travelled to Gleneagles for the Supercar rally, with Anna-Louise and Autumn posing for a raucous snap while on a night out.
In September 2019, weeks after Autumn had been pictured at the Highland Games with the Queen, Anna-Louise shared a selfie with the Queen’s granddaughter-in-law and captioned the image: ‘Zero sleep so needed a filter #Shameless.’ (pictured right, Autumn, left, Anna-Louise)
Weeks later the girls travelled to Gleneagles for the Supercar rally, with Anna-Louise (right) and Autumn (left) posing for a raucous snap while on a night out
Binky’s sister captioned the post ‘Autumn is quite loud #LoveHerLaugh’, with Autumn responding: ‘Omg…I LOVE you AL.’
Other photographs from the trip include the pair leaning out of the sun window of a supercar in matching silver jackets.
The pair went on to enjoy a sophisticated night out drinking wine and browsing art at The Shard in December 2019, just weeks before Autumn and Peter publicly announced their break-up.
It appears Autumn was already enjoying her life as a single woman, as she beamed at the camera and clutched onto a glass of prossecco.
Other photographs from the trip include the pair leaning out of the sun window of a supercar in matching silver jackets (pictured left, Autumn, and right Anna-Louise)
In another snap from the same night-out, the girls larked about with a mannequin.
Meanwhile the besties bought in the new year together for New Year’s Eve 2020 by donning glittery face paint and sequined tops.
Their girly adventures didn’t stop there. In one photograph shared Anna-Louise last June, the pair posed for a picture while on a night-out at swanky eatery Sexy Fish, a Pan-Asian restaurant housed in a former NatWest bank on Berkeley Square.
It is a venture from Caprice Holdings tycoon Richard Caring, who counts The Ivy and Annabel’s among his businesses.
The pair enjoyed a night out drinking wine and browsing art at The Shard in December 2019, just weeks before Autumn and Peter publicly announced their break-up (pictured left Anna-Louise, and right, Autumn)
The two women posed for playful photographs together during their night out at The Shard, which is believed to have been after Peter and Autumn decided to split (left, Autumn and right, Anna-Louise)
In another September snap together, which was captioned with a series of cocktail and dancing emojis, Anna-Louise and Autumn snuggled up as they posed for a picture outside Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Hakksan.
Weeks later, the duo appeared to enjoy a girly getaway to Scotland, with Anna-Louise sharing a picture as they posed with glasses of champagne at the airport, posting: ‘Breakfast at Heathrow.’
Autumn can be seen with her arm draped across her gal pal’s shoulder, revealing she was not wearing her engagement or wedding ring on her left hand.
One snap from the trip shows Autumn snuggled up in bed with Anna-Louise and another friend while sipping glasses of wine.
Meanwhile the besties bought in the new year together for New Year’s Eve 2020 by donning glittery face paint and sequined tops (pictured left, Autumn, and right, Anna-Louise)
The caption reads: ’10pm curfews are so dull.’
In another image, the girls could be seen posing as they cleaned a super-car, with Anna-Louise captioning the post: ‘Never let it be said the girls don’t get stuck in.’
It was reported in February last year that Peter and Autumn informed their families of their ‘amicable’ decision to divorce ‘at the end of 2019’ after deciding it was ‘the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship’.
The statement, released by a spokesperson on behalf of the couple, revealed the former couple planned to remain in Gloucestershire to co-parent daughters Savannah and Isla.
In another September snap together, which was captioned with a series of cocktail and dancing emojis, Anna-Louise (right) and Autumn (left) snuggled up as they posed for a picture outside Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Hakksan
The statement issued by Gerard Franklin, their official spokesperson, 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.
‘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.
In another image, the girls could be seen posing as they cleaned a super-car, with Anna-Louise captioning the post: ‘Never let it be said the girls don’t get stuck in’ (pictured left, Rachael Thomson, with whom Autumn works with for SCGB — the initials stand for Super Cars Great Britain — which offers guided driving holidays for supercar owners, back left, Autumn, and front right, Anna-Louise )
In another photograph from the girly trip, Autumn wore a low-key outfit as she playfully posed against a car (pictured left, Rachael, and right, Autumn)
‘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.’
At the time, a source close to the family told Vanity Fair their break-up came after a long period of discussion and said the royal family feel ‘sad but supportive of the situation’.
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.
The images have emerged weeks after Peter denied he is a couple with one of his sister Zara’s closest school friends.
A photograph showed the Range Rover belonging to Peter outside mother-of-two Lindsay Wallace’s £475,000 home in St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire last month, hours after officers quizzed the pair.
Princess Anne’s son Peter was spoken to by the authorities after neighbours spotted his luxury 4×4 on her drive and called the police claiming the pair were breaking lockdown rules.
Lindsay, a mother-of-two who is understood to have recently split from her husband Andrew, is a close friend of Peter’s sister Zara and got back in contact with him at a recent reunion for their £40,000-a-year boarding school, Gordonstoun.
A source close to the royal has told Hello Magazine that they are not dating and he only stayed there because of a lack of hotels in the area.
But another insider told The Sun Peter is ‘besotted’ with the daughter of a wealthy oil executive and had been ‘keeping things under wraps’.
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.