The Greek royal couple Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana are getting divorced. The 54-year-old and his 43-year-old wife announced this decision on the official website of the Greek royal family. Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark – the third child of the former King Constantine II of Greece and his wife, Anne-Marie of Denmark – said in the statement that after 14 years of marriage they had decided to end the relationship by mutual consent.

The decision was made “with great care and mutual respect” and reflects the depth of mutual appreciation. In the future, cooperation should continue to be characterized by respect and understanding. They want the relationship to develop into a “strong friendship”. Both will continue to live in Greece and build their new lives there separately. Greece is a place that both would call home.

Prince Nikolaos was born in Rome as his family lived in exile there after the end of the Greek monarchy. He spent many years of his life in the USA and Great Britain. In 2009, after a relationship lasting several years, she announced her engagement to Tatiana Blatnik, an event planner from Venezuela who grew up in Switzerland. The two married in 2010 in Spetses, Greece, with numerous royal guests including Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, King Felipe of Spain and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. The marriage remained childless.

In February, Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana attended a thanksgiving service together in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which was held in honor of King Constantine II of Greece. Prince Nikolaos’ father died at the beginning of last year at the age of 82. The couple appeared arm in arm at the appearance, which makes the news of their divorce all the more surprising.