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US News Queen's nephew the Earl of Snowdon and wife to divorce

22:50  17 february  2020
22:50  17 february  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley, Serena Armstrong-Jones are posing for a picture: The Earl of Snowdon and Serena, Countess of Snowdon © Getty The Earl of Snowdon and Serena, Countess of Snowdon

The Earl of Snowdon - son of the Queen's sister, the late Princess Margaret - is splitting from his wife.

The Earl - David Armstrong-Jones - and wife Serena married in October 1993.

The 58-year-old became the second Earl of Snowdon following the death of his father, the photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, in 2017.

Princess Margaret died in 2002.

The couple have two children, Charles Armstrong-Jones, also known as Viscount Linley, and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones.

David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: The Earl of Snowdon and his daughter, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, at Prince Harry's wedding © Getty The Earl of Snowdon and his daughter, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, at Prince Harry's wedding

A spokesman said: "The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced.

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This latest royal split follows that of the Queen's grandson, Peter Phillips, who announced last week that he and his wife Autumn were to separate.

Prince Charles, Diana, Princess of Wales standing next to a man in a suit and tie: The Earl of Snowdon (third from right) with other royals in August 1987 © Getty The Earl of Snowdon (third from right) with other royals in August 1987

The couple, who married in Windsor in 2008, said they were in the process of divorcing, and will share custody of their two daughters - nine-year-old Savannah and seven-year-old Isla.

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The Earl of Snowdon is a furniture maker and a former chairman of the auction house Christie's.

In May last year, he was 21st in line to the throne. When he was born, in 1961, he was fifth.

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