Queen Elizabeth II was the topic of conversation on today’s edition of Good Morning Britain as hosts Ben Shephard, 45, and Kate Garraway, 52 lead a discussion on the news of a royal split. Appearing via a Skype link, Dickie Arbiter, 80, explained how the monarch would be feeling over Peter Phillips, 42, separating from his wife of 12 years, Autumn Phillips, 41.
Peter and Autumn share two children together and with the media branding the former as the Queen’s “favourite” grandson, the news of a split has reportedly left her deeply upset.
This latest development comes after Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle, 38, announced their decision to step back as senior members of the Royal Family last month.
The monarch’s son Prince Andrew, 59, has also faced a backlash after giving a Newsnight interview last year where he detailed his perspective on late convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.
Speaking on the show today, both via a video link and in the studio, Mr Arbiter explained how the news of a marriage breakdown would be “devastating”.
In the clip from Skype, the former royal aide said: “The Queen will actually be devastated.
“She’s always upset when there’s a breakdown in marriage, but this one, her first grandson, this will be upsetting.”
Sitting on the panel for a debate later on in the show, Mr Arbiter spoke about Peter’s news once again, explains: “No one had any knowledge it was coming.”
The royal expert added the “Queen will be upset,” saying the monarch is “always upset when something happens in the family.”
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