Queen Elizabeth Is Reportedly Going Through 1 of the Worst Years of Her Life: ‘Unbelievable Trauma and Discomfort’

Queen Elizabeth II is 95 years old, which means she has experienced a lot of remarkable events throughout her life. However, according to a royal expert, 2021 includes some of the most distressing events Her Majesty has ever faced. This year reportedly could be one of the worst years of her reign.

Queen Elizabeth II wearing aquamarine earrings and necklace to dinner party
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Queen Elizabeth once called 1992 an ‘annus horribilis’

In a speech marking her Ruby Jubilee in 1992, Queen Elizabeth called that year an “annus horribilis” (Latin for “horrible year”). This is because there were several particularly unpleasant events the royal family dealt with in 1992.

For example, this was the year in which Prince Charles and Princess Diana separated. Andrew Morton also released the book Diana: Her True Story, which shared secrets about Diana’s life in the royal family. Additionally, there was a leaked phone call between Diana and a friend named James Gilbey, where the two of them had an intimate conversation.

That same year, Princess Anne, officially divorced her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips, though the two of them had already been separated since 1989.

Prince Andrew also separated from his then-wife, Sarah Ferguson. Later, news outlets published photos of Sarah sunbathing topless and having her toes sucked.

Finally, a fire broke out in Windsor Castle, destroying a selection of valuable contents, including some artworks and porcelain items.

A royal expert says 2021 is also a very bad year for Queen Elizabeth

According to royal commentator Neil Sean, 2021 has not been going well for Queen Elizabeth either. 

In a recent YouTube video on his channel, Sean recapped some events that may have been distressing for Her Majesty this past year. For example, Sean noted that 2021 started with Prince Philip being extremely ill. Later on, in April, he died. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were married for nearly 74 years.

Queen Elizabeth also dealt with the fall-out from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “Sussexit,” such as their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. Sean explained, “We have that really, really terrible put-down from Prince Harry against his whole family, which I’m also told really, really shook Her Majesty, the Queen, alongside Prince Charles, Prince William, and Camilla [Parker Bowles].”

Additionally, the queen is still dealing with Prince Andrew’s sexual abuse case, which initially blew up in 2019. The alleged victim in the case, Virginia Giuffre, filed a lawsuit against Andrew in August 2021.

“As you can imagine, this year has brought unbelievable trauma and, of course, discomfort for Her Majesty,” Sean said.

Queen Elizabeth recently had a health scare


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On Oct. 20, Queen Elizabeth was hospitalized, and she subsequently canceled a trip to Northern Ireland.

“Following medical advice to rest for a few days, The Queen attended hospital on Wednesday afternoon for some preliminary investigations, returning to Windsor Castle at lunchtime today, and remains in good spirits,” a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace said in a statement (via CNN).

On Oct. 29, the palace release another statement. Reportedly, the queen’s doctor had advised her to “continue to rest for at least the next two weeks” and “undertake light, desk-based duties.”

It is not clear what specific health issue she experienced, but this has no doubt added to an already tough year for Her Majesty.