New ‘annus horribilis’ could strengthen Monarchy says expert

The Queen has suffered another ‘annus horribilis’ in 2021, according to a new documentary, but experts believe her struggles over the past year may actually strengthen the monarchy.

The 95-year-old monarch has been plagued by tragedies over the past 12 months – with her husband Prince Philip dying in April and her son Prince Andrews facing questions about his controversial friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

Along with health complications, the royal has also faced family setbacks, with grandson Prince Harry moving to Montecito, California, with his wife Meghan Markle, and the allegedly strained relationship between the prince and his older brother William.

Charles Anson, the Queen’s press secretary between 1990 and 1997, made the claims in the new documentary 2021: The Queen’s Horrible Year, which aired last night on Channel 5.

The Queen, pictured with a walking stick here in October 2021 as she attended a Thanksgiving service to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey in London, has had a tough 2021

The Queen, pictured with a walking stick here in October 2021 as she attended a Thanksgiving service to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey in London, has had a tough 2021

Despite a busy year, several commentators believe the monarchy can come out stronger, thanks to how Her Majesty has tackled many difficulties, including family struggles.  The royal family, including the 'feuding' brothers Harry and William, will be seen in 2019 on Trooping The Color

Despite a busy year, several commentators believe the monarchy can come out stronger, thanks to how Her Majesty has tackled many difficulties, including family struggles. The royal family, including the ‘feuding’ brothers Harry and William, will be seen in 2019 on Trooping The Color

A major crisis facing the monarchy controversy generated by Prince Andrew's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.  Prince Andrew has denied all charges against him

A major crisis facing the monarchy controversy generated by Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Andrew has denied all charges against him

It marked 2021 yet another ‘annus horribilis’ – the phrase Queen Elizabeth famously used to describe 1992, when a major fire blazed through Windsor Castle, as well as the collapse of Princess Anne and Prince Andrew’s marriages.

The new program that mapped theroyals tumultuous years, featured a number of prominent royal commentators and insiders.

Among them was Charles Anson, the Queen’s press secretary between 1990 and 1997.

He addressed the question of whether the ‘new annus horribilis’ will weaken or strengthen the monarchy, and he said:’ The strength of our monarchy is that it is able to adapt.

‘It changes, and I think that provided the values ​​are still there, it often changes for the better.’

Stewart Purvis, CBE, a former TV director and documentary producer, added: “In the last year, the Queen has lost her husband [and] she has a granddaughter who is a semi-detached house.

Among the problems facing the Queen is the outcome between Princes Harry and William, pictured here with wives Meghan and Kate in 2018

Among the problems facing the Queen is the outcome between Princes Harry and William, pictured here with wives Meghan and Kate in 2018

The queen, who was snapped here with her son Prince Charles at a tree planting ceremony in October, which started her platinum anniversary celebration, was described as a 'unifying figure'

The queen, who was snapped here with her son Prince Charles at a tree planting ceremony in October, which started her platinum anniversary celebration, was described as a ‘unifying figure’

‘But she has symbolized so much of what we hope for from a royal family that I somehow think the respect for her is stronger than ever.

“I think the future of the royal family is more secure because of the way she has guided us through these difficult months.”

Journalist and TV man Andrew Neil added that the Queen has been a “unifying call” as well as a “unifying figure” for the nation.

“She has also been a figure of love for the nation,” he said, “as well as a figure of common sense.

“It was not always true in previous crises. This time she is done with brilliance. ‘

The Queen blamed herself for the royal family's suffering in 'annus horribilis' in 1992

The year saw two marriages split as well as a devastating fire at Windsor Castle, according to a royal expert.  The picture: The Queen in 1992

The queen blamed herself for the royal family’s suffering in ‘annus horribilis’ in 1992, in which two marriages split as well as a devastating fire at Windsor Castle, according to a royal expert

Last year, a royal expert claimed that the queen blamed herself for the royal family’s suffering in ‘annus horribilis’ in 1992.

The year of the accident bought marriages for Prince Charles and Prince Andrew as well as a devastating fire at Windsor Castle, which destroyed 115 rooms.

The revelations surfaced during ITV’s Inside The Crown: Secrets of the Royals.

Sarah Gristwood, a writer and historian, said: ‘It was like a slap, a slap, a pat on the face of the royal family, it just did not stop.

‘The queen herself is said to have said to a friend: “Where did I go wrong?”.

The Queen gave a speech on the 40th anniversary of her takeover of the throne, in which she described 1992 as annus horribilis – Latin for terrible year.

In November 1992, a fire broke out at Windsor Castle, destroying 115 rooms. It is believed that the fire started in Queen Victoria’s private chapel, where a defective spotlight lit a curtain next to the altar

Prince Andrew and his then-wife Sarah Ferguson (pictured on their wedding day) decided to divorce in 1992 after six years of marriage

In November 1992, a fire broke out in Windsor Castle, destroying 115 rooms.

Prince Andrew and his then-wife Sarah Ferguson also decided to divorce in 1992 after six years of marriage.

Similarly, the direct heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was divorced from Princess Diana in 1992.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne, the Queen’s only daughter, was divorced from Captain Mark Phillips in 1992.

Similarly, the direct heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was also divorced from Princess Diana in 1992

Similarly, the direct heir to the throne, Prince Charles, was also divorced from Princess Diana in 1992

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