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How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paved the way for ‘unfortunate’ royals Autumn and Peter Phillips’

An expert has revealed how the escape of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Canada has made it easier for Autumn and Peter Phillips to reassess their own situation.

Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, announced last month that they would resign as senior royals and divide their time between Windsor Castle and Canada.

And just a few weeks after their announcement, Queen Peter’s eldest grandson, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their divorce after 12 years of marriage earlier this week.

Now, Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples, because one incident can cause other members of the family to look at their own circumstances and take action to change them.

An expert has revealed how the escape of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Canada has made it easier for Autumn and Peter Phillips to reassess their own situation. Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, announced last month that they would resign as senior royals and divide their time between Windsor Castle and Canada (seen last month at Canada House)

An expert has revealed how the escape of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Canada has made it easier for Autumn and Peter Phillips to reassess their own situation. Harry, 35 and Meghan, 38, announced last month that they would resign as senior royals and divide their time between Windsor Castle and Canada (seen last month at Canada House)

Dr. Becky said to Femail: “The last upset to hit the British royal family is the announcement that Her Majesty’s grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife, Autumn Kelly, are about to divorce.

“Is it just a coincidence that this announcement comes so soon after Harry and Meghan’s decision to renounce royal duties and move to Canada? Maybe, but maybe not.

“The decision by Harry and Meghan was certainly a big one, and must have been very worrying for some of their relatives – but it has also opened up the opportunity for others to assess their own lives and situations and take radical steps to change what does not work for them.

“It may feel like Harry’s family members are as though his decision has essentially allowed them to slow down when royal life doesn’t work for them.

Just a few weeks after their announcement, the oldest grandson of Queen Peter, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their divorce after 12 years of marriage earlier this week (seen last June). Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples, because one incident can lead other family members to look at their own circumstances and take action to change them

Just a few weeks after their announcement, the oldest grandson of Queen Peter, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their divorce after 12 years of marriage earlier this week (seen last June). Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples, because one incident can lead other members of the family to look at their own circumstances and take action to change this

Just a few weeks after their announcement, the oldest grandson of Queen Peter, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their divorce after 12 years of marriage earlier this week (seen last June). Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples, because one incident can lead other family members to look at their own circumstances and take action to change them

“Although the marriage problems of Peter and Autumn certainly started long ago before the announcement of Harry and Meghan, they may have been reluctant to make them public because they didn’t want to upset the older members of their family, or wanted to draw unwanted attention to an extended family it already has more than enough to do.

“Now that Harry and Meghan have made the enormous decision to essentially leave the royal inner circle, their family members may feel that all bets have been eliminated and that what was not good in the past is now.”

Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples

Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples

Dr. Becky Spelman, psychologist and clinical director of the Private Therapy Clinic has explained how family crises often occur in multiples

She explained: ‘Families are not just any random collection of individuals who happen to share some DNA, but closely related behavioral systems that often function as a unit.

“In this context, we can understand every member of a family as one element in a system.

“Therefore, everything that happens to a member can have a significant impact on the rest of the family, and often one or more people change their behavior and interactions with others in response to the change that has taken place.

“We always see this happen when something happens in a family – divorce, mourning, etc., can have a knock-on effect that affects the entire family.

“At some point, most families will experience disagreement, and some will interrupt the marriage. In these difficult times, they need time and space to heal and build a new normal that respects everyone’s needs. Hopefully the royal family will get this. “

Earlier this week it was reported that Peter and Autumn informed their families of their “friendly” decision to divorce “late last year” after they decided it was “the best course of action for their two children and continued friendship” .

The statement, released on Monday by a spokesperson on behalf of the couple, revealed that the former couple both stayed in Gloucestershire for co-parent daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.

Meanwhile, the rest of the royal family is said to be “sad but supportive” when the couple “deliberately disconnects” (depicted with Prince Charles and Queen at the Braemar Games in September)

Published earlier this week by their official spokesperson, Gerard Franklin, reads: “After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn agreed to part with each other.

“They had come to the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and continued friendship. The decision to divorce and share custody came about after many months of discussions and although sad, it is a friendly decision.

“The couple’s first priority remains the continued well-being and education of their beautiful daughters Savannah and Isla.

‘Both families were sad by nature with the announcement, but fully supported Peter and Autumn in the joint decision to accompany their children.

“Both Peter and Autumn have stayed in Gloucestershire to raise their two children, where they have settled for a number of years. Peter and Autumn have asked for privacy and compassion for their children, while the family continues to adapt to these changes. “

The couple, who announced earlier this week that they had divorced, are said to have “some time” in discussion about their marriage (shown together in June 2019)

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