Just two months later, 2022 is shaping up to be another dramatic year for the Windsors, with the family rocked by losses, scandals and family feuds, all during the Queen’s seventieth year on the throne.
Telegraph cartoonist Matt Pritchett has poked fun at recent ongoing royal events with a humorous cartoon posted to Twitter.
The cartoon shows two firefighters and a fire truck with the words: ‘Go check Windsor Castle hasn’t caught fire. The Queen lives one of those years…’.
In a speech marking her Ruby Jubilee in 1992, the Queen referred to the year as “annus horribilis”, which in Latin means “horrible year”. It was a period characterized by several unpleasant events for the royal family.
It was the year Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated. Royal journalist Andrew Morton also published the controversial book ‘Diana: Her True Story that year, which shared secrets about Diana’s life in the family.
In the same year, Princess Anne officially divorced her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, and Prince Andrew separated from his then-wife, Sarah Ferguson.
To top it off, a fire broke out at Windsor Castle in November 1992, destroying 115 rooms as well as many valuables.
It’s been nearly three decades since the Queen summed up 1992 as an ‘annus horribilis’, but the phrase has had some revival this year as the monarch grapples with losses, setbacks and controversy within the ‘business.
Bitter family divisions and a disgraced Prince Andrew have become part of the royal family’s history.
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Last year was one of the most dramatic on record for the Windsors. We’ve seen Harry and Meghan take part in the infamous Oprah interview, the family faced a racism complaint, Prince Andrew faced sexual abuse allegations and the Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away in April.
The start of 2022 hasn’t been much better for the Queen as two of her closest ladies-in-waiting died in December 2021, leaving the Queen to start the new year in mourning.
Since then speculation has continued over whether the Queen tested positive for Covid following a meeting with Prince Charles, who after confirming he had the virus.
As well as ongoing concerns over the Queen’s health, she has also been embroiled in controversy involving her second youngest son, Prince Andrew.
The family have been asked to ‘speak candidly’ and reveal whether the Duke of York will receive any financial help from the monarch to repay his £12million settlement to Virginia Giuffre.
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According to the Daily Telegraph, the Queen could help pay for her son’s legal costs using money from her private Duchy of Lancaster estate worth around £23million.
Buckingham Palace declined to confirm whether this will be the case.
The family is set to experience another scandal this year with the release of Prince Harry’s memoir ahead of Christmas.
Royal experts have hinted that the Duke of Sussex’s autobiography will discuss his parents’ tumultuous marriage and potentially contain allegations about Camilla.
The Queen has since expressed her wish for Camilla to become Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King.
The announcement came during its official platinum jubilee on February 6.
This year will mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne, giving Britons the chance to celebrate the milestone over a four-day bank holiday weekend in June.