The Queen will experience her worst year since her infamous 1992 Annus Horribilis when her merry Platinum Year was marred by scandal, according to experts.
Her Majesty was embroiled in a string of Royal divorces while Windsor Castle nearly burned down three decades ago – with experts now fearing the 95-year-old faces a year of pain heart again.
The Royal Family has endured a series of scandals surrounding The Firm in 2021, with Prince Andrew’s sex claim scandal come to the light while Meghan Markle and Prince Harry officially leave the Royal Family.
And royal experts told The Sun Online that the next 12 months could be even worse for the Queen as her favorite son Prince Andrew faces a civil lawsuit over gender claims. count of Virginia Giuffre, grandson. Harry is about to release an explosive autobiography and it was the first year she had to face without her beloved husband Prince Philip was with her.
It seems likely that the Queen’s words in 1992 on the 40th anniversary of her accession may have come back to haunt her 30 years later, as another Annus Horribilis may be in the shop.
Speaking to Sun Online, royal expert Phil Dampier spoke of his hopes for a better year for the Queen as she prepares for her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
He said: “Last year was also very Annus Horribilis – Prince Phillip passing, Harry and Meghan leaving, Oprah Winfrey interview, and of course Prince Andrew.
“The Queen was hoping this year would be smooth sailing as she celebrates 70 years on the throne.”
But like Prince Andrew’s legal woes Dampier fears the incident will “cast a dark shadow” on her upcoming celebrations.
“If they can sort this mess out with Prince Andrew, I think it could be a good year for the Queen because Jubilee’s has always been a driving force for the Monarchy.”
The Duke of York was also at the center of a scandal that rocked the Royal Family in 1992 when his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson was arrested in a compromising position with her financial advisor while on holiday in St. Tropes.
The couple split after a photo of Texan millionaire John Bryan kissing Fergie’s toes was published, before announcing the end of their marriage four years later.
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And in that same difficult year, the Queen’s only daughter, Princess Anne, also divorced her husband of nearly two decades, Captain Mark Phillips, after three years apart.
She then became the first child of an English monarch to remarry later that year after marrying Timothy Laurence.
While dealing with the difficulties of her children’s love lives, the Queen’s beloved Windsor Castle caught fire and caused damage estimated at £36.5 million.
She was devastated when a 12-hour inferno hit St George’s Hall, the Queen’s private chapel, the Crimson Drawing Room and the Green Drawing Room.
In a November speech marking her Jubilee Ruby, she declared, “92 is not the year that I will look back on with undiluted joy.”
But more heartache awaits Your Majesty, as the third and final royal split of the doom year takes place in December.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated after a messy marriage covered with claims of work.
The Duchess of Wales has also released a surprise biography, marking the first time a senior royal has revealed secrets from behind the Palace doors.
After decades of exemplary, scandal-free service, the Queen has struggled to hold on to her crown.
Dampier added: “After the breakup of the marriage of the heir to the throne, the entire monarchy is under threat and plummeting.
But like Windsor Castle, the royals have risen from the ashes of controversy and once again asserted themselves as England’s crown jewel.
Now, experts fear another battle could befall the Queen in the next 12 months as it looks to be one of the worst years for The Firm since 1992.
Prince Harry is about to release his bombshell book in which, like his late mother, he vowed to tell his life “with complete honesty”.
Notice is said to have caused a “tsunami of fear” in Buckingham Palace, with fears the memoir might repeat Harry’s explosive Oprah interview.
He is expected to hash out the reasons he left the Company behind, naming and shaming it.”royal racism“and delve into the life and divorce of Princess Diana.
Royal expert Richard Fitzgerald said he thinks the memoir will only prove another setback for the Queen as she weathers turbulent times.
He told The Sun Online: “I think it was an extraordinary decision to write an autobiography for no apparent reason except commercial viability.
“It came out in the Queen’s Platinum Year which means it will probably sell more, but that’s no reason for her grandson to write it.
“It’s not going to make it any easier to mend the rift, it’s going to be a lot harder. I don’t think it’s a wise decision to come out with a book about certain times. not happy this year.
“For any book to sell, it has to have new material – so what new material is he going to discuss? That will make it very difficult for them to reach the Sussexes knowing about it.”
The book also created buzz about what Harry’s wife Meghan Markle will achieve in 2022 after moving to the states and securing multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify.
The couple’s dramatic departure from The Firm has left a hole in the next generation of royals and questions regarding how they will pave the way.
The Queen tragically has yet to meet her eponymous granddaughter Lilibet – and hasn’t seen Archie since he was a baby.
It was hoped that the Sussexes would reunite with the King for the first time since his explosive interview with Oprah for the Jubilee celebrations.
The 95-year-old will definitely need as much support from her family as possible as she spends her first full year without her husband Prince Phillip.
But there are still concerns brothers Harry and Will could resolve their royal rift as the country marks 70 years of the Queen’s reign.
Fitzgerald added: “It is clear that she will miss out on her powers and stay in Prince Phillip, but equally, there are aspects of this year’s tribute to her that are a beacon of continuity in the future. a changing world.
“I think there’s a lot that she’s going to be extremely looking forward to.”
Royal experts believe that “the monarchy is in safe hands” with Kate and Wills, allowing the Queen to remain upbeat about her upcoming year.
“The popularity of the Cambridges, who are the future of the monarchy, is enormous,” continued Fitzgerald.
“The way they carry out their duties is exemplary. So I think the Queen looks to the future without worrying at all.
“The Queen is by nature an optimist, so despite the issues surrounding Andrew which I believe will be deeply concerned, I think she’s a forward-looking person.”
https://www.thesun.ie/fabulous/8200512/queens-annus-horribilis-worse-year-platinum-jubilee-scandal/ The Queen’s New Annus Horribilis – The Queen has to endure the SWEET year more than the infamous 1992 as the Platinum Jubilee was marred by the scandal