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Who Is Princess Anne's Daughter-in-Law Autumn Phillips?

Meet the Isla and Savannah's mom.
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Meghan Markle isn't the only member of the royal family with ties to North America. Princess Anne's daughter-in-law Autumn Phillips is a born-and-bred Canadian from Montreal, who even says "eh?"

Here's what you need to know Peter Phillip's wife, and mom to Isla and Savannah.

AUTUMN KELLY WAS BORN IN MONTREAL, QUEBEC, ON MAY 3, 1978 TO KATHLEEN "KITTY" AND BRIAN KELLY

Her parents divorced when she was young, and she has two siblings, her twin brother Chris and an older brother named Kevin, as well as two half-siblings from her father's second marriage, Jessica and Patrick.

AT FIRST, SHE DIDN'T KNOW PETER WAS A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY.

Autumn and Peter met at the 2003 Montreal Grand Prix, a Formula One motor race, where they were both working. But she didn't realize he was the Queen's grandson until she saw a picture of him on TV. "Mum said 'Oh Autumn! What have you gotten yourself into?'" she told Hello! magazine.

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Autumn with Zara and Princess Anne

But their meeting "was fate," Peter later acknowledged, and he proposed a few years later, after getting permission from Autumn's father.

“I certainly didn’t see the question coming,” Autumn revealed to the Telegraph. “I looked horrible in my wellies with wet hair. I said yes straight away though.”

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She'd be overjoyed.

I think she'd be worried about my privacy.

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THEY MARRIED AT WINDSOR CASTLE ON MAY 17, 2008.


While Autumn was raised Catholic, she converted to and was accepted into the Church of England before the wedding, so Peter would not have to give up his place in the line to the throne. (He's currently 14th.)

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Of her new, royal relatives, Autumn has said, "They were very welcoming when I first came in."

"They're just a family, they're happy, they have great relationships with each other — they're very close," she told the CBC, also noting that the Queen "knows more about Canada than I ever will."

SHE AND PETER HAVE TWO CHILDREN.


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AUTUMN AND PETER ARE NOT WORKING ROYALS.

Autumn has had a number of jobs over the course of her career, ranging from model to bartender to management consultant. Her husband Peter has held positions at Jaguar, Williams F1 racing team, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and most recently SEL UK. According to Debrett's, since 2012, he has "had his own sports management company."

While they aren't carrying out official engagements for the Queen, Autumn and Peter are often seen at major events like weddings or the annual Trooping the Colour parade alongside the rest of the royal family. See a few more photos of their family below:


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Autumn and Peter at Prince Harry's wedding


Queen Elizabeth II, Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips and John Warren at Royal Ascot in 2018.


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The whole Phillips family up on the balcony at the 2018 Trooping the Colour parade.


Attending church services at Sandringham in 2017.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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