Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips quizzed by police over lockdown trip

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
·2-min read

The Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips, was reportedly quizzed by police after driving 740km during lockdown in the UK to see a woman.

According to The Sun, “angry locals” called the police on the 40-year-old son of Princess Anne, after he arrived in St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire from his home in Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire.

Peter Phillips (L) and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (R) look on as Queen Elizabeth II waves to guests attending
Peter Phillips was reportedly quizzed by police after driving 740km during lockdown. Photo: Getty Images

The report claims Peter was visiting a separated mum in the town, but after he told police he was on a business trip, they soon left her house. 

It’s believed the woman is a friend of Peter’s sister, Zara Tindall, and they met again at a recent school reunion.


It comes after it was reported in February that Peter and his wife Autumn were set to separate after 12 years of marriage.

Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019 in Ascot, England.
Peter and Autumn Phillips announced they were seperating in February last year. Photo: Getty Images

Princess Anne’s son, Peter, and Canadian native Autumn, who married in 2008, are parents to nine-year-old Savannah and seven-year-old Isla.

“Peter is absolutely devastated by this and just didn’t see it coming,” a source told The Sun.

“He thought he was happily married and had the perfect family with two lovely daughters. But he is now in total shock.

 Mike Tindall and Zara Phillips with Peter Phillips and Autumn Phillips attend a dinner at the ISPS Handa Mike Tindall 3rd annual celebrity golf classic at The Grove Hotel on May 8, 2015 in Hertford, England.
Peter is believed to know the woman as she is friends with his sister, Zara Tindall. Photo: Getty Images

“Autumn is a wonderful wife and mother and a very intelligent woman but she’s been telling her friends for some time that there were issues.”

Peter and Autumn raised eyebrows in 2008, when they sold coverage of their wedding to HELLO! magazine for a reported $1 million.

The royal couple had been living on his mother, Princess Anne’s, Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershires since they tied the knot.

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