2021 is full of surprises and for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry it will be no different.
The royal couple have been bomb after bomb for the past 12 months, delivering moments of awe enough to last a lifetime.
Despite establishing a new life for themselves in sunny LA – they managed to keep the spotlight.
So, from exciting moments on television to becoming a second parent, here are 10 of the Sussexes’ big milestones for 2021.
1. Megxit becomes official
Meghan and Harry revealed in 2020 they want to step down as “senior” members of the Royal Family and become financially independent.
But it was not until February 2021 that they officially broke up.
In the event that the controversy surrounding them began, the Palace released a statement confirming the long-awaited departure of the couple.
It said that “when leaving the office of the Royal Family, it is not possible to continue with the responsibilities and obligations that come with a life of public interest”.
The pair have lost all honorary military appointments and Royal patronage, but remain “much loved members of the family”.
Their departure – known as Megxit – set a precedent for the rest of the year.
2. Oprah interview buzz
In what some have called the televised event of 2021, Meghan and Harry gave an exclusive, all-inclusive interview for Oprah Winfrey.
The couple caused a royal uproar after accusing an unnamed senior member of the Company of racism and claiming that other family members were jealous of Meghan.
They also say Kate was the one who made Meghan cry in a row over bridesmaid dresses, and that Harry felt “trapped in the system” like his brother and father.
Their other claims include having their finances cut off after the Megxit case and that the Duchess of Sussex considered suicide while pregnant.
3. Mess with Ellen
In her second major TV appearance, Meghan joined US TV host Ellen DeGeneres on the sofa for her show of the same name.
The Duchess made some surprising revelations, and also participated in a commendable joke which she imitates a cat before drinking milk from a baby bottle.
In other toe-bending clips, she giggles at her royal title, telling a hot sauce vendor “the mummy wants some heat, and calls Harry her ‘boo’.
She has only followed in the footsteps of a handful of royals who have appeared on TV, including Princess Diana and Prince Andrew.
4. Meghan is a ‘bully’
Not long before her interview with Oprah, Meghan was accused of bullying two senior employees.
Meghan was accused of being “not my job to educate people” after aides were moved to tears and humiliated by her “tough demands”.
Her treatment of staff was said to be “completely unacceptable” and she “seemed to have someone in mind at all times”.
One courtier even stated that Duchess “dominated by fear” while it was also reported that there was an atmosphere of “fever” as Meghan’s behavior resembled “emotionally cruel and manipulative”.
The former actress has vehemently denied the claims – and her spokesman says she was the victim of a “calculated smear campaign”.
5. Harry arrives at ‘work’ first
The pair also diverged from the royal ‘norm’ when it was revealed that Harry had secured his first ‘job’ after Megxit.
Chief executive Alexi Robichaux said that while Harry will not be managing staff, he is expected to be a part of the company’s hand-over meetings and special events in a “meaningful and meaningful” position. important”.
His salary and working hours has been kept secret, but similar roles at other Silicon Valley companies could command seven figures.
6. Meg .’s First Book
And in another move to become “financially independent,” Meghan has released her own children’s book.
She described The Bench as a “love story” of growing old with Harry in “good times or bad”.
The 34-page picture book features nods to her family, including a red-headed soldier and pet dogs, but aims to “get over the story” of the Sussexes.
It topped the New York Times Best Sellers list, but did not make much of a mark in the UK.
7. Lilibet was born
Just days before the release of The Bench, Meghan and Harry welcomed their second child.
Meghan was born Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor – named after the Queen and Harry’s late mother – in Santa Barbara, California, on June 4.
As a child, the Queen used to say ‘Lilibet’ because she could not pronounce her name, and it later became Prince Philip’s nickname for his wife.
Lili’s middle name “beautiful” is Diana also in memory of the Princess of Wales, who passed away when Harry was 12 years old.
Meghan announced her pregnancy on Valentine’s Day after it was revealed she was pregnant miscarried a year after Archie was born.
8. Celebrate a big birthday
Meghan celebrated her big birthday in 2021 when she made it 4-0.
To mark the occasion, the duchess released a messy comedy video next to Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy.
In the two-minute clip, the couple jokes about the tattoo as they call on their Hollywood friends to join her 40×40 mentoring program.
The slick video provided a candid glimpse into Meghan’s new life in LA, with the duchess seen wearing neutrals as she chatted on her laptop with the famous actress – and a juggling Harry even made a cameo.
9. Where privacy wins
In February, Meghan won her three-year privacy battle at the High Court against the publishers of the Mail on Sunday.
The 40-year-old sued Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL), also the publisher of MailOnline, over five articles that copied portions of a “personal and private” letter she wrote to Thomas Markle, 77 age, in August 2018.
A Supreme Court judge ruled in her favor without a full trial, and the Mail on Sunday conceded her victory with a sorry front page and agree to pay “financial measures”.
It is a huge win for Meghan, who has repeatedly impressed the tabloid press, describing it as “not just for me, but for anyone who has ever felt scared to stand up for what is right. right”.
10. Harry goes home
With so many shocking revelations, Harry and his family seem more distant than ever.
He seems especially aloof from his brother William, after admitting to Oprah they’ve been on different paths.
But the prince turned activist offered a glimmer of hope for a royal reconciliation when he flew back to England for the funeral of his grandfather Prince Philip in April.
The couple also reunited to unveil a statue of their late mother Princess Diana on her 60th birthday.
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