EXACTLY 30 years on from The Queen’s infamous “annus horribilis”, King Charles has defiantly faced his own terrible year.
During the Queen’s lifetime she witnessed numerous highs and lows – but she stated that 1992 stood out for her for being one of the worst.
The 12 months were so bad the monarch called it her “annus horribilis”, literally meaning “horrible year”, in a speech at Guildhall.
Her Majesty was plagued with a string of Royal Family divorces while Windsor Castle almost burned down three decades ago.
Now Royal Biographer Angela Levin believes Charles is having a “horrible year” of his own – exactly three decades on.
She told The Sun: “I definitely believe King Charles is having his ‘annus horribilis’.
“I feel very sorry for him and Camilla who are doing their very best to settle into their roles while everything is going on around them.”
Here we take a look at the seven difficult situations Charles has been forced to endure so far this year – and what crises are yet to come.
Prince Andrew’s civil lawsuit
Prince Andrew sensationally settled his sex abuse lawsuit with Virginia Giuffre in February – sparking a huge rift between him and Charles.
The disgraced Duke was on a collision course with the sex trafficking victim over claims he raped and abused her when she was 17.
King Charles was said to be “absolutely furious” with Prince Andrew over his mounting legal bills.
And sources believe he will never allow Andrew to return to royal duties after he disgraced the royal family.
Prince Andrew has always vehemently denied the claims.
Princess Diana’s anniversary
This August marked the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death.
Diana died in Paris on August 31, 1997 after the car she was in crashed in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel.
The anniversary no doubt brought back painful memories for the King, who’s sons William and Harry, have been forced to grow up without a mother.
The Queen’s death
The Queen’s death catapulted Charles into power – but also left him utterly devastated.
Charles had little time to grieve his beloved mother in the days following her death as he ascended to the throne.
He paid a touching tribute to his “darling mama” the day after she died.
He said: “Throughout her life, Her Majesty The Queen – my beloved Mother – was an inspiration and example to me and to all my family, and we owe her the most heartfelt debt any family can owe to their mother.”
Netflix’s The Crown
The latest season of Netflix’s The Crown caused huge controversy when it was released earlier this month.
Makers of drama were blasted for “inventing” scenes of a younger Charles trying to oust the Queen.
But dragging up the past with made-up plotlines has drawn controversy, particularly as it came just weeks after the country came together to mourn the death of the Queen.
Harry and Meghan’s speech
More worry for Charles is on the way as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will accept a gong for taking a stance against “structural racism” in the Royal Family at a glitzy award bash next month.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been praised as “heroic” for challenging the family’s “power structure”.
And royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams believe the royal family are terrified of what they may say in their acceptance speech.
He told The Sun: “What speeches are they going to make at the awards? What will the content be?
“The reason for getting the award is the Oprah interview and other comments that they’ve made. This will be particularly damaging in the United States because people will believe whatever they say.
“And it’s worrying because a lot of what they said on Oprah is being questioned – so who knows what they might say this time.”
Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docuseries
More Netflix trouble is on the cards for King Charles as next month Meghan and Harry’s long awaited docuseries will be released on the streaming platform.
And Angela Levin believes this could cause havoc for Charles and the royal family.
She said: “I think they are feeling quite concerned at the moment.
“I think it helps that they’re incredibly busy at the moment ands therefore that takes their minds off things. As we don’t yet know what’s in it it is difficult to know how they will react.
“Meghan has actually said it wasn’t quite what we wanted so one could assume that it’s incredibly nasty or maybe they’ve spoken a lot about king charles and regret it.
“It makes me feel that they could very well attack the monarchy again and be very nasty about the King despite the fact that he lost his mother.”
Harry’s bombshell autobiography
Prince Harry’s highly anticipated memoir Spare is set to hit the shelves in 2023.
Publishers have vowed the book is written with ”raw, unflinching honesty” as well as being ”full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.”
Sources say the book will be a “bombshell” revealing the secrets of Harry and Charles’ relationship.
Richard Fitzwilliams said: “Even just the name points to trouble for the family. It seems given the title that it will be very damaging.”