2021 Year in Review: Most searched for Royal on Yahoo Canada

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  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
    Prince consort
  • Prince Andrew, Duke of York
    Prince Andrew, Duke of York
    Second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1960)
  • Charles, Prince of Wales
    Charles, Prince of Wales
    Eldest son and heir-apparent of Queen Elizabeth II (born 1948)
  • Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
    Duke of Sussex
  • Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
    Younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

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Who was the most searched for royal of 2021? (Images via Getty Images)
Who was the most searched for royal of 2021? (Images via Getty Images)

Like most families, 2021 brought plenty of highs and lows for the House of Windsor. 

In the past year, the royal family mourned the death of Prince Philip, navigated allegations of sexual assault against Prince Andrew, felt the fall-out of an explosive tell-all interview and celebrated the birth of two royal babies. Throughout it all, Queen Elizabeth II continued to lead her family in the midst of heartache and upheld royal engagements throughout the ongoing pandemic. 

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of the most popular royals as searched for by Yahoo Canada users.

Who was the most searched for royal of 2021? Continue reading to find out.

10) Princess Diana 

Princess Diana's life was the subject of the 2021 film,
Princess Diana's life was the subject of the 2021 film, "Spencer." (Image via Getty Images)

Princess Diana's life continued to pique public interest in 2021. In July, Princes William and Harry, reunited in London to unveil a statue in Kensington Gardens to commemorate what would have been the late-Princess of Wales's 60th birthday. The release of the film "Spencer" starring actress Kristen Stewart in November depicted an unhappy and suppressed Diana during a fictional Christmas with the royal family, prompting many to take to the online archives to seek the truth of the princesses's fraught relationship with Prince Charles and senior members of the royal family.  

9) Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret remains a royal family favourite. (Image via Getty Images)
Princess Margaret remains a royal family favourite. (Image via Getty Images)

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowden, has remained a popular royal figure thanks in part to her reputation as the Queen's "rebellious" younger sister. However, the popularity of "The Crown" on Netflix has definitely contributed to a resurgence in Margaret fanfare, with viewers eager to learn more about the sharp-tongued, extravagant royal who was once rumoured to have had an affair with Mick Jagger. 

8) Prince Andrew

Prince Andrew's legal troubles continued in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)
Prince Andrew's legal troubles continued in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)

Despite stepping away from public service in 2020, Prince Andrew continued to make headlines for his supposed relationship with Ghislane Maxwell and convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. In September, a lawsuit was filed against the Duke of York by Virginia Giuffre, alleging the royal sexually assaulted her when she was a minor. While Prince Andrew has denied all claims of misconduct, a trial is expected to take place in late 2022. 

7) Prince Charles

Prince Charles's relationship with his son, Prince Harry, dominated headlines in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)
Prince Charles's relationship with his son, Prince Harry, dominated headlines in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)

Looking back, 2021 might not be a year Prince Charles will remember fondly. Although the Prince of Wales took on more responsibility on behalf of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, media coverage of the 73-year-old royal focused largely on his alleged rift with his youngest son, Prince Harry. Following Harry and Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah Winfrey, the "strained" relationship between father and son dominated headlines with the Duke of Sussex revealing he was "cut-off" from his family financially. In November, representatives for Charles went on the defensive after claims surfaced that the prince was the one who allegedly made racially-offensive marks speculating the colour of his grandson Archie Mountbatten-Windsor's skin colour. 

6) Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth continued public duty in 2021 while mourning the loss of her husband, Prince Philip. (Image via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth continued public duty in 2021 while mourning the loss of her husband, Prince Philip. (Image via Getty Images)

For Queen Elizabeth, 2021 was marked by heartache and grief. In April, the 95-year-old royal mourned the loss of her husband, Prince Philip, who died "peacefully" at Windsor Castle. The pair were married for more than 70 years, and met for the first time when a then Princess Elizabeth was just 13. The Queen's fierce emotional strength was on display at her husband's funeral, as she sat alone next to Philip's coffin at the pared down funeral service. Although she resumed public duties following a mourning period, the Queen limited her engagements in the fall on the advice of her doctors. 

5) Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton released her photography project
Kate Middleton released her photography project "Hold Still" in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)

Kate Middleton proved she's one of the most prominent figures in the royal family in 2021. The Duchess of Cambridge worked tirelessly speaking to educators, essential workers and healthcare workers to highlight important issues like mental health during the pandemic. Middleton celebrated the release of "Hold Still" a book of photography highlighting the impact of COVID-19 around Britain and the launch of her passion project, The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. Although the rest of the royal family was plagued by rumours and allegations, Middleton rose to the occasion to keep calm and carry on with her royal duties. 

4) Prince William

Prince William's relationship with his brother made headlines in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)
Prince William's relationship with his brother made headlines in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)

Although 2021 was full of charity work and royal engagements, Prince William became embroiled in a narrative that pit him against his younger brother, Prince Harry. Publicly, the Duke of Cambridge remained committed to raising awareness for mental heath and global warming initiatives, the father-of-three was plagued by rumours of a "feud" with his younger brother since the Duke of Sussex wed Meghan Markle in 2018. Tensions escalated (at least in the headlines) after the Sussexes' interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which Harry called his brother "trapped" in his role as a royal.  

3) Prince Philip

Prince Philip died in 2021 at the age of 99. (Image via Getty Images)
Prince Philip died in 2021 at the age of 99. (Image via Getty Images)

Prince Philip's death cast a shadow over the royal family during 2021. The 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh died of "old age" at his home in Windsor Castle, leaving behind his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. As the longest serving consort of a British monarch, Philip was associated with more than 900 charities and organizations with a particular passion for education, sport and the environment. Following his death, the public came to learn more about Prince Philip as a supportive grandfather, "the heart of the family" and an unapologetic servant to the Crown committed to making a difference.

2) Prince Harry

Prince Harry campaigned for vaccine equity in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)
Prince Harry campaigned for vaccine equity in 2021. (Image via Getty Images)

Despite "stepping back" as a senior royal in 2020, Prince Harry remained committed to philanthropy in 2021 and raising mental health awareness through the Archewell Foundation, which he co-founded with his wife, Meghan Markle. The Duke of Sussex's new life in California afforded him privacy with his growing family and the freedom to take on more candid projects, like his documentary series "The Me You Can't See" with Oprah Winfrey for Apple+. Despite the positive works achieved in 2021, Harry received his share of backlash from the public for participating in a candid tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired while his grandfather, Prince Philip, was ill. 

1) Meghan Markle 

Meghan Markle was Yahoo Canada's most searched for royal of 2021. (Image via Getty Images)
Meghan Markle was Yahoo Canada's most searched for royal of 2021. (Image via Getty Images)

In 2021, the Duchess of Sussex remained a champion for women's rights, pay and vaccine equity and advocated publicly for paid maternal leave in the United States. Despite her commitment to philanthropy, it was her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey that garnered her the most public interest. In March, Markle spoke candidly about her mental health struggles working as a senior royal and admitted to feeling suicidal while pregnant with her first child, Archie. Markle revealed the racism she experienced in the press and the scrutiny she endured behind closed doors ultimately prompted her husband, the Duke of Sussex, to relocate his family to Canada and then the United States. 

Although the year contained scrutiny, praise and a legal victory against a British newspaper, 2021 brought the Sussexes and Markle happiness with the birth of their daughter, Lilibet Diana. 

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