The Queen's Year of Celebration Hit by Repeated Scandals Two Months in

Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee celebrations have been hit by repeated setbacks—and there are more hurdles on the horizon.

The British Monarch is preparing to turn 96 this month, in the same year she celebrates 70 years on the throne.

Elizabeth kick-started the jubilee on February 5, the eve of her Accession Day, with a message about the future of the Monarchy.

However, problems began within days.


Prince Charles tested positive for COVID on February 10 and wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, followed suit on Valentine's Day.

Elizabeth herself tested positive at the age of 95 on February 20, just months after two health scares, in October and November.

The Monarch recovered after experiencing what the palace described as mild, cold-like symptoms.

Prince William and Kate Middleton's Caribbean Tour

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas between March 19 and 26, in celebration of the queen's Platinum Jubilee.

However, problems started before they had even touched down, when a visit due to take place on March 20 in Indian Creek, Belize, was canceled due to a local protest.

Further demonstrations took place in Jamaica, calling for an apology and reparations for slavery.

What began in the street later confronted the royals in person, when Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness told them the country was "moving on" and spoke of independence, in a nod toward removing the queen as head of state.

A Belizian government minister also told Parliament shortly after the couple's visit that the country is eying independence and "decolonization."

Together with some unfortunate PR missteps, the saga left commentators speculating about the end of royal tours in their current form.

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Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew and accuser Virginia Giuffre announced they were settling their Jeffrey Epstein-related sexual abuse lawsuit days into the jubilee on February 15.

The move looked set to remove a shadow that had been hanging over the celebrations, with a civil trial having been expected later in 2022.

However, the duke appeared to push himself back into the limelight at a memorial service for Prince Philip, on March 29.

Andrew was filmed live by the BBC unexpectedly walking his mother to her seat at Westminster Abbey, in a move condemned by commentators and on social media.

Questions have since been asked about whether he will try to attend any of the Platinum Jubilee events in the summer.

Prince Harry's Home Office Lawsuit

The Duke of Sussex didn't attend Philip's memorial against the backdrop of a lawsuit he filed against the British Government over the decision to remove his police protection.

Harry's legal representative said in January that he is unable to return to Britain without Metropolitan Police bodyguards and the case at the High Court looks set to rumble on throughout the year.

It may also mean Harry, Meghan and their children are unable to make an appearance during the main Platinum Jubilee celebrations in early June.

Prince Charles' Charity Under Investigation

Prince Charles' charity, The Prince's Foundation, is at the center of a police investigation following allegations a tycoon was offered help securing a knighthood and British citizenship in exchange for charity donations.

The organization's chief executive, Michael Fawcett, resigned over the scandal and the investigation is ongoing.

Charles has always maintained had no knowledge of the conduct under investigation.

Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas Message
Queen Elizabeth II, seen recording her Christmas broadcast at Windsor Castle, on December 23, 2021. Her Platinum Jubilee celebrations have been hit by several scandals. Victoria Jones - Pool/Getty Images