Royal family shocked by second divorce in a week

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
The royal family has been rocked by a second divorce, this time from the Queen's nephew. Photo: Getty Images

The royal family has suffered yet another fracture after 12 months fraught with splits and spills, and this time it’s a marriage of over 25 years that has crumbled.

The Queen’s nephew and son of the late Princess Margaret the Earl of Snowdon announced his split from wife Serena on Monday, marking it the second royal divorce to be made public in seven days.

Just one week ago royal fans were left shocked at the news of Peter Phillips’ split from wife of 12 years Autumn Phillips.

The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have split after more than 25 years of marriage. Photo: Getty Images

The Earl, David Armstrong-Jones, and wife Serena made the announcement on Monday, telling The Sun the split is ‘amicable’.

“The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced,” a statement released to the paper read.

“They ask that the press respect their privacy and that of their family.”

David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley wed Serena Stanhope in 1993. Photo: Getty Images

The pair wed in 1993 at St Margaret's Church in Westminster and share two children together.

Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones is 17-years-old, born on 14th May 2002, while Charles Armstrong-Jones, who uses the title Viscount Linley, is 20-years-old.

They’re regularly seen with their parents at royal functions, but the family largely keep out of the limelight.

Serena, David and daughter Margarita Armstrong-Jonesgreet the Queen. Photo: Getty Images

The Earl is best known for his bespoke furniture business and was formerly the chairman of auction house Christie’s.

At birth, he was fifth in line to the throne, and as of May 2019 has sat in 21st place.

Second divorce to rock the royals

Last week it was announced that the Queen’s grandson, Peter Phillips, will reportedly set to separate from his wife of 12 years, Autumn Phillips. 

Last week, it was revealed that the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, is reportedly divorcing his wife, Autumn Phillips, after 12 years together. 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.

According to The Sun, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent break from the royal family and move to Canada is thought to have triggered the separation.

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