Celebitchy’s most commented 2019: the royal baby & the college admissions scandal

In our most commented post last year, I wrote that we were looking forward to the royal baby and to a potential impeachment, which finally happened this year! The final outcome hasn’t been determined yet, but knock all the wood we’ll finally be rid of this treasonous administration later this year.

Last year’s most commented stories included Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s split and “divorce,” which was unconfirmed because they probably never got married. Stories about Beyonce headlining Coachella, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s custody battle and Meghan and Harry’s wedding were also among the most popular in 2018. The royal feuds had the most comments with the Spanish royals, Queen Letizia and her mother-in-law, at number two and of course the feud between the Sussexes and Cambridges at number one. This year the royals again reigned supreme, with the birth of baby Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as the most commented post. Yet again the royal feuds, fashion and vacations drew the most comments, with only the college admissions scandal landing in the top ten. It was a royal-heavy year as Duchess Meghan got her footing in the family, launched new initiatives and welcomed a baby boy with Prince Harry. We finally got convinced that the real feud was between William and Harry, and we got a glimpse into the Cambridges’ marriage problems while the Sussexes circled wagons and protected their growing family.

Here are the top ten most commented posts of 2019, in reverse order and grouped by subject.

Prince William’s alleged affair and Kate’s “rural rival”

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Gala Dinner To Support East Anglia's Children's Hospices' Nook Appeal
To open is the story about Prince William’s maybe-affair with a woman named Rose Hanbury, a marchioness and neighbor of the Cambridges among the titled estate holders in Norfolk, England. We first heard that Kate was phasing this woman out of their local social circle, deemed the “Turnip Toffs.” The reason for this phase out wasn’t clear, but when Prince William’s lawyers threatened the press about running the affair story and someone went to the Daily Mail with an oddly worded denial it became clear that the rumors had teeth.

8, 3, 2
Negative stories about Duchess Meghan heat up before Archie is born

Meghan Markle checks out from The Mark Hotel after her baby shower
The often racist attacks on Duchess Meghan in the British press escalated, even as she was due to give birth to her first baby. She was criticized for having her baby shower in New York with celebrity friends, even though her friends provided transportation and footed the bill. Duchess Meghan’s access to key pieces in the royal jewelry collection was cut off by The Queen allegedly due to Meghan’s “demands.” We also heard that the Cambridges, particularly William, were trying to have the Sussexes exiled to another commonwealth country, likely in Africa.

9, 7, 6, 4
Meghan and Harry fight back, stories lighten up after Archie arrives

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continue their visit to Africa
After baby Archie was born, the press lightened up a little. Prince Harry and Meghan announced that they were suing The Mail on Sunday for publishing a handwritten letter that Meghan had sent her father. Harry also joined a class action lawsuit against the tabloids for the hacking scandal from the early 2000s. Harry and Meghan took a trip to Africa around that time, where they visited charities and we saw adorable baby Archie. During that trip they participated in a documentary called Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. Meghan fought back tears as she described how hard it was to deal with the negative press while Harry spoke eloquently about his mental health. There were some legitimate criticisms against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, including the cost of Meghan’s couture and their vacations, but it felt petty to notice this when the majority of bad coverage was undeserved. We were so happy to see Meghan attend Trooping The Color just a month after Archie was born.

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin indicted in college admissions scheme

Taylor Swift seen in a colorful outfit in NY
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman got the most press for their involvement in the FBI’s investigation into the wide-ranging college admissions scheme, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues. Felicity hired someone to illegally raise her daughter’s SAT score by 400 points. She issued a contrite statement and plead guilty, for which she received a two week sentence along with community service. Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid over half a million to have their daughters fake-recruited into the crew team at USC. Lori played the churchy white victim on multiple People and US Weekly Magazine covers, with outrageous insider quotes about how innocent she was and how much she was suffering. Lori and her husband are facing significant prison time.

Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor arrives!

The announcement of Harry and Meghan’s baby’s name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was our most commented post this year. There were beautiful photos featuring the royal family and Meghan’s mom meeting the new baby, and Meghan and Harry did a little press conference at Windsor Castle with a swaddled Archie. We also learned that Archie will not have a royal title. Before this, right after Archie was born, Prince Harry spoke to reporters outside Windsor Castle. He was tired and elated and he even thanked the horses in the stable behind him!

We are so grateful to you for reading, commenting and chatting with us in 2019. We launched a podcast this year and it’s turned out so much better than we imagined! Here’s to a new decade with lots of great entertainment, fun gossip and ridiculous fashion.

Royal baby

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  1. Nev says:

    Yayyyyyy Archie!!!

  2. Lightpurple says:

    Happy New Year!

  3. Devon says:

    I wait for the list all year. :)

  4. Gina says:

    Thank you to everyone at Celebitchy for helping keeping me sane and laughing in 2019. I learned from fellow readers too!

    Cheers and happy new year to you all!!!

  5. Tiffany says:

    I cannot believe we are starting a new decade tomorrow. Seriously, where did the 2010′s go.

  6. wildwaffles says:

    Happy New Year to everyone! Here’s hoping this new decade is an improvement over the last few years. And I love the podcast, it’s a great way to start my week. So, thank you for that!

  7. (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

    Thank you, CB, Kaiser, Hecate, and all my fellow CBers for making this place such a great place to come first thing every morning!

    Wishing you all a New Year full of
    love and laughter,
    health and happiness,
    peace and prosperity…
    May all your hopes
    and dreams come true !

    Happy 2020 !

  8. Giddy says:

    Happy New Year to all you lovely Celebitches! Celebrate and be safe tonight!🎉🎉🎉

  9. Thank you Kaiser for putting together a great site. You and Lainey are my go to sites for the real deal. DListed I go to for the outrageously funny reporting. Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

  10. Roserose says:

    Happy New Year, everyone!

  11. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    Love you all and the site! Happy New Year!

  12. Pineapple says:

    Happy New Year everyone!!!! XO Eat, drink and be merry. I wish you all a year of “not too much interesting gossip” in your real life, but lots of juicy gossip on this site. Cheers to bloggers we love!!

  13. Myra says:

    Thanks you Celebitchy for all of your wonderful post in 2019 especially anything positive about the Sussex’s….Happy New Year!!

  14. Sparkly says:

    Ha, I forgot about him thanking the horses! That was adorable.

    Happy New Year, everyone! Thank you to everyone at Celebitchy for another wonderful year on my favorite site. I forget how long I’ve been reading, but I want to think it’s been over a decade now? Wow.

  15. incognito08 says:

    Happy New Year everyone! I hope that everyone has as amazing evening filled with great food, drink and laughter. Truth be told, I visit this site daily and the frequent commentors feel like long-lost friends. Your posts are a source of my smiles and laughter. I can’t wait to read your posts – along with the juicy gossip in the New Year (and decade)! MAZEL!

    • Christina says:

      XO to you, Incognito love. Thank you for sending me to this site, and thanks to all of the writers and commenters. I visit daily, too.

      Incognito and I are old friends living in different states now.

      Happy New Year to all of you.

      LOVE the podcast, ladies!!!

  16. Lady D says:

    Happy New Year I wish all of you good health, lots of laughs, little pockets of peace and moments of good fortune. I hope this year brings you good food, great friends and nothing but fun and happiness with your pets.

  17. Who ARE These People? says:

    Celebitches come and Celebitches go but the conversation always stays informative, amusing and above all real. Thanks all and happy New Year! 2020 is another opportunity to make things right.

  18. Marjorie says:

    Harry thanking the horses was my favorite moment of this crappy year.

    Thank you all for doing this, and doing this so well.

    Happy New Year!

  19. Nikki* says:

    Gotta thank all the great wtiters, and all my fellow Celebitchy readers!! Wishing you a fantastic 2020! <3

  20. LRob says:

    Archie and his Mom and Dad. Best of the year. Thanks.

  21. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    I’ve only just realized (due to social media mainly) that another decade is passing. I’m not sure I want to reflect on that or not. :) Like others, I’m grateful for the little community here. I remember when I naively had open accounts on Instagram, for example, and now social media crawls with… ick and I have all private settings. The things said to woc and Native women is… you already know. Celebitchy is so refreshing and trolls that come through are dealt with quickly, through the wit, informed opinions and intelligence of many posters here. Thank you for that and Happy New Year.

  22. Liz version 700 says:

    New adorable Archie and Harry pic released so much cuteness!

  23. Call_me_al says:

    I’ve been a celebitch for a decade! Thanks for all the informative, witty, and fun posts and comments!

  24. Miriam says:

    Happy new year everyone

  25. Gingerbee says:

    Happy New Year CBers🥳.

  26. Justwastingtime says:

    Happy New Year all.. in Los Angeles at 9pm PST taking a break from a raucous party downstairs at our house (attended by adults and teens and twenty somethings) to watch the ball drop in times square with my little one – who wants to stay up till midnight PST but who will likely pass out in an hour or so. XxXx

  27. LadyAnne says:

    Happy New Year Celebitches! Much love to this community in which I find so many like-minded people. Cheers to a new decade, and a new year hopefully less crappy and fascisty. <3

  28. Priscilla says:

    Happy New Year everybody! Im a daily visitor as well and your comments always me me laugh, cry (of laughter) and I really learn from comments about sociopolitical subjects. Thank you all so much, you very often make my day a little bit better!

  29. Ariela says:

    So many stories about royalty… am I alone in missing the good old LeAnn Rimes days?

  30. MerryGirl says:

    Happy New Year to all my Celebitches – love, peace and joy to everyone. I love the Royal posts so thank you Kaiser and keep ‘em coming. My favourite post was Harry giving the announcement on Archie’s birth and thanking the horses LOL.

  31. Jillybean says:

    Happy New year! I didn’t realize I’m such a royal watcher TIL now! Seeing how this is my go to website and looking at the countdown list! Have a great year all!!!!

  32. MargaritasForBreakfast says:

    Charles expenditures were not that much higher according to his published expenditures reports so Meghan isn’t spending outrageous sums and is likely getting steep discounts for designer outfits. This was not really a legitimate criticism nor were their vacations.