How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paved the way for 'unhappy' royals Autumn ...

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

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, announced last month that they would be stepping down as senior royals and splitting their time between Windsor Castle and Canada.

And just weeks after their announcement, the Queen's eldest grandson Peter, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their separation 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 come in multiples, as one incident can trigger other members of the family to look at their own circumstances, and take action to change it.

An expert has revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's escape to Canada may have made it easier for Autumn and Peter Phillips to reassess their own situation. Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, announced last month that they would be stepping down as senior royals and splitting their time between Windsor Castle and Canada (seen last month at Canada House)

An expert has revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's escape to Canada may have made it easier for Autumn and Peter Phillips to reassess their own situation. Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, announced last month that they would be stepping down as senior royals and splitting their time between Windsor Castle and Canada (seen last month at Canada House)

Speaking to Femail, Dr. Becky said: 'The latest upset to hit the British Royal Family has been the announcement that Her Majesty’s grandson, Peter Phillips, and his wife, Autumn Kelly, are about to separating. 

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

'Harry and Meghan’s decision was certainly a big one, and must have been very upsetting for some of their family members—but it has also opened up the opportunity for others to assess their own lives and situations, and to take radical steps to change what is not working out for them.

'It may feel to Harry’s relatives as though his decision has essentially given them permission to put the brakes on when the royal life is not working out for them. 

Just weeks after their announcement, the Queen's eldest grandson Peter, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their separation 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 come in multiples, as one incident can trigger other members of the family to look at their own circumstances, and take action to change it

Just weeks after their announcement, the Queen's eldest grandson Peter, 42, and his wife, 41, confirmed their separation 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 come in multiples, as one incident can trigger other members of the family to look at their own circumstances, and take action to change it

'While Peter and Autumn’s marriage problems surely started long before Harry and Meghan’s announcement, they may have been holding back on making them public because they did not want to distress the older members of their family, or to draw unwelcome attention to an extended family that already has to deal with more than enough. 

'Now that Harry and Meghan have made the huge decision to essentially leave the royal inner circle, it may feel to their relatives that all bets are off, and that what used not to be OK now is.'

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

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

She explained: 'Families are not just a random collection of individuals who happen to share some DNA, but closely interlocking behavioural systems that often function as a

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