Two divorces in a week and a porn mishap: The Royal Family's rocky start to 2020.


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It’s been quite the start to 2020 for the Royal Family.

Just when we were sure the Queen had earnt a break after the Prince Andrew scandal, her grandson up and quit the family during her Christmas holidays.

Now the words “porn” and “royal family website” are in the same headline and we’re fairly certain this is not what Her Majesty at 93 wants to be hearing.

A quick recap of the last few months for the royal family, in case you’ve missed it.

Last year the monarchy was left reeling, as the fallout from Prince Andrew’s alleged involvement in Jeffery Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring culminated in a BBC Newsnight interview in November which spectacularly backfired.

WATCH: Here’s a peek of the ‘tell-all’ which was labelled a train-wreck.

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Andrew was forced to step down after swift condemnation from both the public and Epstein’s accusers and then, just as we entered the new year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went against royal protocol and announced they were stepping back as senior royals, while outlining their plans to move to Canada.



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“After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.” – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex For more information, please visit sussexroyal.com (link in bio) Image © PA

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Cue absolute pandemonium.

It was also the year Prince Philip’s Land Rover hit a vehicle carrying two women and a baby and he was forced to surrender his driving licence. The Queen was also dragged into Brexit when UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked her to suspend parliament – a decision that was later ruled unlawful.


The year was dubbed by many commentators as the Queen’s “annus horribilis II”, a Latin phrase meaning ‘horrible year’ she used in a speech to describe 1992; the year three of her four children split, Princess Diana released a tell-all book about her life inside the royal family, and when a fire tore through Windsor Castle.

So, two months in, how is 2020 faring for the royals?

There have been two divorces in one week.

Not great on the relationships front.

The Queen’s nephew (Princess Margaret’s son) David Linley just announced he and his wife Serena are divorcing after 25 years of marriage.

A spokesman for the couple said: “The Earl and Countess of Snowdon have amicably agreed that their marriage has come to an end and that they shall be divorced.

“They ask that the press respect their privacy and that of their family.”

The couple have two children: Charles Armstrong-Jones, 21, and Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 18.

David – who is 21st in line to the throne – is most known for his high-end furniture business.

David Linley and wife Serena (left) and Peter and Autumn Phillips (right.) Image: Getty.

Last week the Queen's eldest grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn also announced their plans to divorce.

Phillips, the son of Princess Anne, said in a statement that he and his wife "had reached the conclusion that this was the best course of action for their two children and ongoing friendship," reported CNN.

The couple share two daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, seven.

The Sun quoted an anonymous source who said that the Queen was "upset" by the news.

The porn mishap.

Over the weekend, the family's official website Royal.uk mistakenly redirected users to a porn website instead of one of their charity partners.

According to reports from the Daily Mail and The Mirror, the royal family’s site sent users to a Chinese porn page offering links to live sex shows instead of Welsh charity Dolen Cymru of which Prince Harry is patron.


Harry and Meghan's new life.

The biggest royal news of 2020 came just nine days into the new year, when Prince Harry and Meghan announced they were becoming "financially independent" and unshackling themselves from royal life.

Just under two months have passed since then, as the family attempts to set up their new normal in Canada with baby Archie.

If you missed all of that, can we suggest reading this, this and this.

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Meghan, Harry and baby Archie have moved to Canada. Image: Getty.

People reports the move has allowed the couple to grow closer together with someone in their circles telling the publication they are "besotted and very sweet with each other".

According to reports, Megha and Harry are spending a lot of time with Archie and their dogs, hiking in the woods of Vancouver Island and relaxing as they try to navigate a drama-filled start to 2020 for their family unit. They're also not holding back against the media.

The publication of recent photographs of the Duchess of Sussex hiking with her son prompted the couple's lawyers to issue a warning to the media about running images without consent, a royal source confirmed, reported CNN.

They are however still fighting damning headlines, with Meghan's father Thomas Markle continuing to stir up trouble in the press and threatening to do an interview every 30 days until his daughter contacts him.

Kate's most candid interview ever.

2020 has also seen the Duchess of Cambridge take part in her first-ever podcast interview.

Opening up about her severe morning sickness on the Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Catherine spoke about using hypnobirthing and meditation when she was really sick.

The mum-of-three suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, which causes severe vomiting during her pregnancies.

This chat is one of the most open and candid interviews the Duchess has ever given according to royal experts.


Prince Andrew isn't cooperating.

The prosecutor in charge of the Jeffrey Epstein investigation told the BBC the Duke of York has provided "zero cooperation" and hadn't even replied to requests to be interviewed by authorities.

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The BBC interview transcended 'train wreck' levels of bad according to critics. Image: BBC.

Last year Andrew said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency" and during the aired BBC interview said he'd consider giving evidence under oath if "push comes to shove".

He is today facing fresh demands to talk to authorities, reports The Mirror.

Convicted US sex offender Epstein took his own life in a jail cell in August, aged 66, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein's accusers, says she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew when she was 17.