It’s been a difficult year for everyone—members of the British royal family included. But beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen and her family have seen changes this year that will have lasting impact on the monarchy, long after 2021 is over. From Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey to the death of Prince Philip and Barbados’s decision to cut ties with the Queen, here are the biggest royal moments of 2021.
Harry and Meghan’s Oprah Interview
Televised sit-down interviews with members of the royal family are not a common occurrence, and looking to history—think Diana’s Panorama interview or Prince Andrew’s sit down about Epstein with the BBC—they are rarely inconsequential. So it should come to no surprise that the bombshells dropped by Harry and Meghan in their conversation with Oprah Winfrey continue to reverberate, even months later.
Back in March, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spoke at length with Winfrey about their decisions to step back as working royals and move to the U.S. and the parallels between their situation and what Princess Diana went through with the press. Meghan also opened up about her mental health struggles and shared a concerning remark one member of the royal family made about her the complexion of her children. The couple also revealed to Winfrey that they were expecting a baby girl.
Even now, nine months later, as the Sussexes chart their own path in the States, that interview continues to be seen as a turning point in…