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The Royal Family is bracing for a challenging 2021 ahead of the Platinum Jubilee next year

Queen Elizabeth at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

In 2022, Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 70th year as a monarch. Some years are more successful than others. Current year has not been one of the best years for the Royal Family.

As the calendar moves to 2022, many of the problems the House of Windsor encountered in 2021 show no signs of receding as the focus shifts to the Platinum Jubilee, which will honour Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years as monarch.

Penny Junor, a royal novelist, and biographer, says 2021 has been a terrible year for the Royal Family. “It’s been one thing after another,” Junor remarked in an interview. “And I believe this has been a particularly disastrous year for them.”

The combination of two conditions, according to Junor, is the most dangerous. One is what has come out of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s visit to California, including their March interview with Oprah Winfrey.

The second circumstance is the story surrounding Prince Andrew and the ramifications from his association with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“I don’t think any of these issues would go away very soon, and Harry has promised his memoirs [in 2022], which must hover over the family like the sword of Damocles,” Junor remarked. “Who knows what he’ll say next. Who knows if he is telling the truth.”

Aside from the scandal surrounding Harry, Meghan, and Andrew, the Queen’s 73-year-old husband, Prince Philip, died on April 9. Due to pandemic limitations at the time of his death, a small family burial was held in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, with great focus on the Queen’s dignified — but solitary — figure.

Source: CBC News

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