The royal family is facing more anguish today after issuing its second divorce declaration in as many weeks.
The Queen’s grandson, David Armstrong-Jones, the second Earl of Snowdon, will separate from his wife Serena.
It comes only a week after the monarch’s nephew Peter Phillips announced that he will divorce his wife Autumn.
The news of both marital breakdowns is said to have troubled the queen, who finds the idea of divorce “uncomfortable”.
Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of Majesty Magazine, says that the queen had basic advice for couples in her family facing difficult times.
You said OK! magazine: “I think the queen thinks it’s too easy to get divorced now.
“She used to say” Just wait two years and see if you can make it work. “He will have invited Peter and Autumn to try again.”
Ingrid believes that the queen is very grateful for the strength of the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
She said, “It’s sad but it’s also pretty pragmatic – she wouldn’t have survived so long if she wasn’t. Luckily, she has William and Kate. If she didn’t have them, I think she might say to herself,” Goodness, after over 70 years on the throne, has come to nothing. “
The queen faced a series of divorces among her closest family members, including three of her four children.
Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Princess Anna have all separated from the other halves, with Peter becoming the first of his grandchildren to divorce.
The couple, who has two children, confirmed the sad news in a statement. They said, “After informing HM The Queen and members of both families last year, Peter and Autumn agreed to split up.
“They had concluded that this was the best course of action for their two children and the ongoing friendship.
“The decision to divorce and share custody was made after many months of discussion and although sad, it is friendly.
“The first priority of the coupon will remain the continued well-being and education of their wonderful daughters Savannah (nine) and Isla (seven).
“Both families were naturally sad about the announcement, but fully supported Peter and Autumn in the joint decision of their children’s co-parents.
“Both Peter and Autumn stayed in Gloucestershire to raise their two children where they were housed for a number of years.
“Peter and Autumn have asked for privacy and compassion for their children as the family continues to adapt to these changes.”
The queen is said to be “very upset” about the separation.
The Canadian autumn will not return to its home country, but will remain in Gloucestershire, where their children will co-parent.
David and Serena Armstrong-Jones’ statement released yesterday evening also called for privacy.
It said: “The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have agreed amicably that their marriage is over and that they must divorce.
“They demand that the press respect their privacy and that of their family.”