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Queen’s 2022 could be a challenging year – from Harry’s memoir to family feuds

The Royal Family has had a difficult year throughout 2021.

The year began with Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah interview which pointed serious accusations at the Queen and The Firm.

As well as the Sussex drama, Prince Andrew's civil suit by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre has been in the mainstream as Ghislaine Maxwell, an alleged fixer for Epstein, continues her trial in New York.

The 61-year-old Duke has been accused of sexually assaulting Ms Giuffre on three separate occasions during the time she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein – claims Andrew denies.

And the tough year draws to a close after the death of the Queen's late husband Prince Philip.

It is imagined that the Royal Family will be happy to see the back of 2021 as we make our way into 2022, a year that will see the Queen celebrating 70 years as monarch at her Platinum Jubilee.

But many of the troubles that faced Her Majesty and The Firm in 2021 don't seem to be fading away anytime soon.

Prince Harry's 'tell-all' memoir

The long-awaited memoir from the Duke of Sussex has reportedly been sending shock waves through the Royal Family since its announcement in July.

Prince Harry's "intimate and heartfelt" book is slated for a late 2022 release which a royal expert said has the family "shaking in their boots".

The claims come from Christopher Andersen, who recently released his book 'Brothers and Wives' – which delves deep into the tumultuous relationship between the Sussexes and the Cambridges.

Andersen believes there is more drama heading for The Firm in 2022.

He believes that the release of Harry's memoir will cause issues over whether or not to invite the Sussexes to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

According to the royal author, the "potential for calamity with the publication of that book is immense".

Representatives for the Sussexes have been contacted for comment.

William and Harry relationship

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The relationship between Harry and William has been reportedly "strained" since the Duke of Sussex left The Firm and the UK with wife Meghan Markle.

It was recently reported that the two brothers were still not on speaking on terms due to one Royal brother ignoring the other's phone calls.

The Princes were seen exchanging words in the grounds of Kensington Palace in July during a statue unveiling in tribute to Diana.

But Christopher Anderson told the Daily Beast: “William isn’t returning Harry’s calls.”

It's been previously claimed the Duke of Sussex "never forgave" William for doubting his relationship with Meghan Markle.

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Katie Nicholl, royal correspondent at Vanity Fair, revealed: "I remembered being told that William had had a conversation with Harry around the time of the engagement, [he] just made it very clear to him that he [Harry] didn't have to rush into anything, let him know that he and Meghan had all the time in the world.

"Harry had always suspected that William wasn't completely behind the relationship from the outset – that was the root of the problems. That was when those seeds of discontent were sowed and you know, Harry never really forgave his brother for that."

As the Royal Family heads into the new year, there is no sign of tensions easing between the royal brothers – especially with the Harry's memoir on the horizon.

Representatives for the Sussexes and Cambridges have been contacted for comment.

Prince Andrew allegations

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This year, a lawsuit was filed against Prince Andrew from a former sex slave of his late criminal pal, Jeffrey Epstein.

The 61-year-old Duke has been accused of sexually assaulting Ms Giuffre on three separate occasions during the time she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein.

Ms Giuffre, now 38, has accused the Duke of sexually abusing her at financier Epstein’s Manhattan mansion as well as his private Caribbean island, and at the London home of his lover Ghislaine Maxwell who is currently in a New York jail awaiting sex abuse and grooming charges.

She is claiming damages for emotional harm and distress which could run into millions of pounds if successful.

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But despite the inevitable damage the lawsuit has done and will continue to do to reputation of the Queen's family, Andrew reportedly believes it will be over in time for his mother's Platinum Jubilee.

One source close to the royal said: "It is clear he (Andrew) has a clear and burning desire to return to work as soon as possible.

"That may look entirely impossible but if anything he’s become emboldened in recent weeks and remains utterly convinced he will not only be exonerated but will certainly forge a way back to public life.

"Certainly he has given the incredibly bullish impression that this will all blow over within a short while, rather than become a protracted issue."

Andrew has vehemently denied all claims against him.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Despite the challenges that look like they're going to follow Her Majesty through into the new year, her Platinum Jubilee party is hoping to be the "biggest event the UK has ever seen" according to its organisers.

The royal pageant will take place over a bumper four-day Bank Holiday weekend next year and will feature 6,500 performers on the last day alone.

Kicking off on Thursday, June 2, and ending on the Sunday, organisers are also hoping it tops Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee held in 1897.

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