Celebitchy’s most commented and our favorite stories of 2021

Every year when I write these posts I look back on the most commented posts of the year before. Just last year I added our favorite posts to this list because the top 20 were all stories about the royals. That was the case again this year so we’re adding our favorite stories again, as discussed in our last podcast. (That section is the same as in the #111 podcast post.) Last year the most commented story was Harry and Meghan’s announcement that they were stepping back from royal life. The Sussexes dominated again this year, especially when they spoke their piece to Oprah, welcomed a new baby and shared their joy with us. Here are the most commented and our favorite stories of 2021.

20, 13, 12, 11, 10, 5 The palace worked desperately to smear and punish Meghan and Harry
Before and in the months following Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s interview with Oprah, the palace did the most to smear Meghan and punish the Sussexes. In February, following the Oprah interview announcement, Harry and Meghan were stripped of all their patronages by the Queen. In March, a few days before the interview aired, there was the ridiculous story that Meghan bullied aides, which always seemed to change and never included any concrete details. Right after the interview aired, a source told Richard Kay at the Daily Mail that Duchess Kate felt she was “thrown under a bus” by Meghan, after Meghan set the record straight about Kate making her cry. The Daily Mail announced in June that Buckingham Palace was going to actively brief against the Sussexes when it was obvious they’d been doing it through “sources” up to that point. In June we also heard that Prince Charles was planning once he was king to change a royal law called The Letters Patent, which would deny Archie and Lilibet royal titles. In June there was another hit piece against Meghan with vague accusations about how she made employees feel. The stories about the ridiculous investigation into Meghan’s alleged bullying didn’t make it into the top 20 most commented this year because most of you realized how fake those claims were.

19, 17 Duchess Kate’s family got some attention
Gary Goldsmith, Duchess Kate’s dodgy uncle, gave an interview in April trashing the Sussexes and claiming that Kate was the best royal ever. He also said that “when the Queen steps down, things need to pass to William and Kate.” This followed his interview in March responding to the Oprah interview in which he said, repeatedly, that he didn’t believe Meghan.” Another story about Kate’s family made it into the top 20. In June we heard that The Queen was not impressed with Carole Middleton when she met her in 2007.

18, 14, 7, 4 The Cambridges stepped forward
The Cambridges released their tenth anniversary portraits in April, which featured Kate wearing a new $12,000 necklace. In June Kate met with Dr. Jill Biden at a school in Cornwall, where Kate fielded questions about her new niece, Lilibet. In June we also heard that the Cambridges were looking for a home in Bucklebury close to the Middletons, which sounded like code for a separation. That story quickly faded from the headlines. The Cambridges, Prince Charles and Camilla attended the No Time to Die premiere in September, where Kate was praised for her gold Jenny Packham gown and glamorous styling.

16, 9 Prince Harry reunites with his family
Two stories about Prince Harry reuniting with his family made it into our top 20. He returned to the UK in April for Prince Philip’s funeral. The visit was generally considered tense, with Duchess Kate being credited for bringing the two brothers together. He also came back for the Diana statue reveal in July. Prince Harry and William seemed at ease during that visit. Duchess Kate was thought to have been told to stay home for that event.

15, 8, Prince Harry spoke his truth
The Me You Can’t See came out in May, and Harry didn’t pull his punches in that special. He spoke openly about his childhood grief at losing his mother, and how his family ignored his pain and expected him to act like everything was fine. He also talked about the parallels between his mother’s death and his wife’s treatment by the paparazzi and the media. We received an announcement in July that Harry was working on a memoir, to be published in 2022. Of course the press freaked out about that.

6, 3, 2 The Sussexes had a new baby and shared their holiday card for charity
The Sussexes welcomed their second baby, Lilibet Diana, in June. After that they were repeatedly nitpicked and criticized over whether they got the Queen’s permission to use her nickname for their daughter. In September they were featured on Time Magazine as one of the most influential people covers, showing that the American press appreciates the Sussexes and their charity work. Just last week we saw a beautiful photo of their family, released for the holidays on behalf of several charity organizations.

1 The Sussexes spoke their truth to Oprah
The Oprah interview was this year! Can you believe it? The open post for that story was our most commented in 2021.

Our favorites: The hype over the Keenwell Institute
One of Kaiser’s favorite stories from 2021 was the Keenwell Institute. There was so much hype ahead of the announcement including a ridiculous commercial featuring footage of Nelson Mandela, Malala and JFK.

From Kaiser: Kate launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood, a “research institute” housed within Kensington Palace. There was a “report” called Big Change Starts Small. The report amounted to “the early years are so important, you guys.” I called it the Keenwell Institute for Buttons and Early Years. We’ve barely heard anything about it since. Kate did a couple of events around it back in June and then nothing.

Our favorites: Sophie, The Countess of Wessex, pitched herself as a senior royal
From Kaiser: Sophie tried to make herself into a senior royal in 2020, and she was clearly pitching herself as a replacement to the Sussexes. Then after Prince Philip passed away, Sophie and Edward went on a publicity tour, giving interviews and taking swipes at Harry, Meghan and Oprah. Sophie pitched herself as the Queen’s “rock” and her favorite in-law. Sophie’s people also claimed that “Philip would have wanted her” to seek the spotlight. Sophie was thirsty as hell. And then she just stopped. I tend to believe Prince Charles told them to stop. Probably around the same time he told Edward he would never be Duke of Edinburgh.

Our favorites: Celebrities who don’t bathe themselves or their kids
From CB again: My favorite story was the ongoing one where various celebrities revealed that they don’t bathe and that they don’t use soap. As we mentioned on episode 99, we got hate mail for telling people to bathe. It started with Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis saying in late July on Dax Shepard’s podcast that they don’t bathe their children until they’re visibly dirty and that they barely use soap.

Then Jake Gyllenhaal did that insane interview with Vanity Fair in early August where said he finds “bathing to be less necessary” and that “we naturally clean ourselves.”

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard said they don’t bathe their kids until they smell bad and then other celebrities like The Rock and Jason Momoa assured us that they do bathe. It was crazy and there never should have been a controversy over not bathing.

Our favorites: We got vaccinated
I also wanted to include the story that the vaccines were distributed this year. It was less than a year from the pandemic to the development, testing and emergency use approval of three different vaccines in the US that are incredibly effective against covid. That was a scientific triumph that we’re so grateful for.

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  1. Red Snapper says:

    2021 The Year of the Lone Ranger Funeral Truther.

    • Nic919 says:

      It did hint at William excluding kate from the statue unveiling because he didn’t appreciate the photo shoot she set up at his grandfather’s funeral.

    • Jais says:

      Lol lone truther! One day the true video, sams edits, will be revealed and your lone funeral trutherism will be vindicated.

    • Agreatreckoning says:

      I’m with you Red Snapper. It would be fabulous if the BBC accidentally-on-purpose showed the unedited footage of the after church walk as part of a 2021 year in review. They did not walk 10-15 feet in a blink of an eye as it now appears.

    • Mira says:

      The Lone Truther was one of my favourite gossip things this year! Keep on truthing, lone truther!

    • June-O says:

      What’s this referring to?

      • BothSidesNow says:

        I am curious as well!!

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Some of us remember an awkward situation/exchange between Will & Kate after Philip’s funeral service during the beginning of the walk up the sidewalk. Kate obviously lurking/waiting for Harry (for her peacemaking photo shots) is still there.

        I remember seeing Kate step back awkwardly and Lone Truther/& others recall seeing Will saying something to Kate that made her step back. If you look up royal posts from April 18th and a number of days after the funeral it’s discussed. Comments further down in this post discusses it but not as much as another I remember and can’t find.

        I do know a lot of the after church walk videos on youtube are no longer available. Very curious. The Royal Family Channel video is still available-titled Prince Harry and William Walk Together as Royal Family Departs Prince Philip’s Funteral. Around the 22-23 second mark there is a noticeable jump/cutout from the livestream. It was so befuddling to me that when I called to pay our cable bill a week or so later, I will embarrassingly admit asking to talk to tech after.and made up some nonsense why I was asking. Learned that when you dvr something, the playback is from the original source feed and if they’ve edited it, that’s what is played back. Like stations having a 5 second delay to edit out swears & streakers. Tech guy told me that if you really want to record a livestream without possible edits, record it to a portable device.- USB data saver, VHS tape/CD, or using your phone video recording to record what’s on the tv screen.

        The BBC was the originating source for all media’s feed of the funeral.

        There’s a good reason Kate’s speeches (or piano playing) are not done live. The wonderful Dr. Jill Biden, FLOTUS roundtable showed us that.

        Thank you for making it this far in my long explanation. Red Snapper can add their own commentary if they choose to do so. crossing fingers that they do.

      • ElleE says:

        Thanks to @agreatreckoning for linking, not only to our Lone Ranger Funeral Truther thread (which made me go back and watch the footage where W clearly must’ve said some serious s-t to his wife as I remember this clear as day, before it got removed from the internet) but for posting a link to the 2016 nugget:


        Happy New Year Bitches!

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        @ElleE, I forgot about that link. So, the cretin rotas/BM were squidging and moaning about Harry, grandson of the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and Meghan’s Happy Holidays usage on a hoilday card, but, yet, Will, the future future king, grandson of the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, goes off on a vacay to an ex-girlfriends wedding without his wife & children. How Easterly & family oriented of him. I’m going to call bogus on him having charity meetings then too. Easter is a big holiday/vacation break for a lot of people around the world. Most people are not scheduling meetings around Christmas or Easter. My experience of 17 yearsi n a corporate/business environment-dealing with international companie-taught me that Christmas & Easter were not the time to hold meetings.

        Harry chose to stay someplace to help people. Will chose to leave his family for his own selfish reasons. Quite the future future king.

  2. Duch says:

    First of all, thank you. You all do such an incredible job on a daily basis, cutting through the headlines, and sharing your perspective. And you’re so darn prolific. Just Thank you.

    It’s also great to see the bigger themes pulled out in this annual column. There’s big forces at play, and it’s fascinating to see, looking backward, at what various strategies must have been – eg smear MH, push forward the Cambridges, K’s family pushing themselves forward.

    Thank you for a fantastic year.

    • betsyh says:

      You said what I was thinking. So I’m just going to add my thanks here.

    • Jan90067 says:

      Duch, you said it perfectly!

      Wishing all my fellow Celebitches a happy, healthy, and SAFE New Year!🎉. 🥂. 🥤. 🧋. 🎈🎊

      Many thanks to EVERYONE (writers and commenters) who make this site such a fun, informative, and enjoyable place to start my day ❤️

    • Agreatreckoning says:


    • BeanieBean says:

      So darn prolific is right. Some days all I can manage is to read these stories & comments. Kaiser, CB, Oya, & Hecate will be my 2022 role models. Happy New Year one & all! And I bathed & got vax’d & boosted this year. Woohoo!

    • Commonwealthy sounded witty at first says:

      Perfectly said. Thank you for your work, CB, Kaiser, Oya and Hecate. It has kept me going during my second year of working from home (a privilege over all, I know, but also… has challenges!) – I’m a few hours ahead and checking the site at xxpm is a highlight of my workday (okay, my Sunday’s too). So glad the #princewilliamaffair revival is driving traffic to this site, y’all deserve! Happy 2022!

      Also, shoutout to the commenters. Y’all give me as much life as CB and the writers do. I learn a lot from you women.

      Gossip can be smart!! xoxoxoxo

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I agree!!! I have been a fan of everyone of the CB crew for years!! I adore Kaiser, Oya, Hectare and everyone that comments!! All of you have filled my days with joy and happiness!! Thank you for that!! You have given me so much, I wish I could return these feelings back to each of you 10x!!

      I admire all of you and I am always impressed with the stories that Kaiser, Oya and Hectare are able to put together that are always wonderful to read, every single word!! I do miss some days, due to my health, but once I am capable, I am back at it on my iPad.

      Also, I would like to thank Celebitchy for helping me deal with my loneliness. It’s extremely hard to be alone day after day, but you guys have given me a place to be entertained and to voice my thoughts. I enjoy every article and I adore everyone who comments!!

      You have been able to create a village of people around the world with witty articles, serious articles and those that can inspire us!! Thank you for all of your hard work!!

  3. Cee says:

    Happy New Year to everyone at Celebitchy.com!
    You guys have been a part of my day for the past few years and I appreciate this community.

    Stay safe, in health and in happiness!

    • Liz Version 700 says:

      Agreed! Thank you Celebitchy crew and commenters! You guys are amazing! Wishing everyone a happy healthy 2022

  4. Eurydice says:

    Thank you for all you do to keep us entertained and informed. A Happy and Safe New Year to you all!

    It’s hard to believe the Oprah interview was just 10 months ago – it’s seems to have been around forever. And thanks for the reminder about the Keenwell Institute – that was actually supposed to be a thing, but yeah…well…ok…

  5. JanetDR says:

    Every time I see that photo of Harry, Meghan and the kids, my heart just melts! 💗 Happy New Year all!

    • Over it says:

      It’s definitely the best ray of sunshine to brighten up your day and I am beyond happy to see them so happy and completely in love.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Me too!!! My cheeks start to hurt from smiling at the beauty of the picture and the apparent happiness and love that they are showing us all!!

      🎉🎊. May all of you enjoy a lovely New Year, 🥳 and may 2022 continue to bring you happiness, joy and more importantly, great health!! 🥳🎉🎊

      Stay well, be kind to each other and always remember how important each and every one of you are to those here that may not see you, but hear you!!

  6. Pix says:

    I’m shocked Bennifer 2.0 didn’t make it to the top 20. To me, that and the Oprah interview were top gossip for 2021. Either way, I’m thankful to this site for all their GREAT work!

  7. Elizabeth Phillips says:

    I got vaccinated AND bathed. This is the first year in my life when it seemed like bathing was a big deal.

  8. TheeChica says:

    Happy New Year!

    Thank you for all the coverage you continue to bring to your readers! It certainly helps keep me from filling the coiffures of the treacherous tabloids and get some flesh out reflective thoughts on current events surrounding the people I follow.

  9. Nivz says:

    This is my first year as a regular celebitchy reader. As I scrolled through above, I realised everything was royal news. And well that fits, as I myself found my way here after the Oprah interview in March.

  10. equality says:

    Kate’s family got attention because they name-checked M&H. Otherwise nobody would give a flip about them. And Sophie has already faded into the background again.

  11. faithmobile says:

    It’s been ten years since I found my way to Celebitchy, 10 years of being disappointed that it’s the weekend and having to wait until Monday for the gossip. 10 years of being a part of an educated global community of women. Thank you Celebitchy, Kaiser, Hecate and Oya! ¡Happy New Year Bitches!

    • Che says:

      I just discovered this well informed community this year and it starts my day! The archives have been very entertaining . Thank you so much for your hard work!

  12. AlpineWitch says:

    Happy New Year celebitches from Salty Island!! 🥂🎆❤ (I clearly don’t share the saltiness of the British media though!)

    • Ines says:

      Haha, same here! I just wish there were fewer Royal Family stories. I miss the innocent Leann Rimes days.

  13. Over it says:

    I discovered celebitchy during the start of Covid lockdown, and may I say thank you guys for keeping me sain. The way you cover the stories you report on are spot on and funny as heck. I love Mondays because of you. Granted I only comment on the royals because Kaiser has made me love the keen button industry.lol. Happy new year to all you talented ladies who write these articles and to the commentary that keeps me in stiches.

  14. Feebee says:

    Just going to add my thanks to the Celebitchy team. The writing is excellent and it attracts some great commentators too which are informative and a bit of laugh.

    So thanks for all the work you do and wishing you a restful and fun New Year!

  15. Kkat says:

    Thank you for the wonderful writing!
    I read every article and all the comments.
    I found this site when the Leann rimes stuff started, I don’t know how many years ago that was.
    What I really appreciated was having a safe place during the Trump years.

    Happy New Year Everyone!!🎉

    • BeanieBean says:

      Oh, this website got me through the trump years. I don’t know what I would have done without it. Seriously.

      • Lady D says:

        Not American, and this website got me through the Trump years too. Bad for me, it was a never-ending nightmare for decent Americans everywhere.

  16. Happy_fat_mama says:

    Thanks Celebitchy and Happy New Year!

  17. Nick G says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I didn’t start reading all the posts here daily until after the Oprah interview, and so I only read the massive open post and comments for the Oprah interview today. It took a long time but I was riveted.
    It took me right back to the night of the interview and the shock and anger everyone was feeling. Some of us felt the RF couldn’t come back after that.
    I feel sad that, right after, the BM and RF were able to get away with all of this by closing ranks and continuing to smear an innocent and well meaning couple.
    Its been a pleasure to read and participate in the dialogue all year. People might say this is just gossip- it’s also social commentary and working out heavy issues in the zeitgeist and on some days, veers close to therapy because of the support of like minded people, because of the intelligent writers and readers.
    Thank you so much Celebitchy team, you make my morning coffee time a favorite time of day, and help me feel not alone!
    Happy New Year bitches!

  18. A says:

    Of all the royal articles, my favourite of the year has got to be that delightfully unhinged article about how Carole Middleton failed to impress the Queen when they first met, bc, gasp, shock, horror, she said, “Pleased to meet you.” And chewed GUM. How DARE she.

    I loved that article purely bc of the discussion it spawned in the comments, where half the people were just sincerely baffled at how the British class system can manifest itself in a small thing like calling it “glasses” or “spectacles”, and the other half just heaved a weary sigh and had to do the tough job of explaining to the rest of the confused af world why this was the way it was.

    The other royal gossip storyline that I found interesting was the evolution of the “Meghan made Kate cry!” story, particularly in the aftermath of the Oprah interview. Especially the number of different versions of the same false story that came out, where it’s gone from Kate fighting with Meghan about tights, to Kate fighting with Meghan about how Meghan treats her staff, to…whatever it is now.

    More importantly though, the whole fiasco about this story and the falsehood Kate perpetuated tanked my opinion of her totally. I do still feel a miniscule amount of empathy for her here and there, but only bc as a human being, I am opposed to the British class system in its entirety and the inequality it propagates, of which she is a victim. But I honestly have no more fcks to give about her as a person. She’s a raging AH, and she found her match in William, and she’s made her bed and will lie in it.

  19. jferber says:

    A, nice comment. So “Pleased to meet you” is WRONG? What should she have said? As a high school teacher, I totally get that gum chewing is impolite. What’s “great” about group code is that the rules can be quite arbitrary and can change (depending on who does what). I still don’t understand the hoopla of President Obama wearing a tan suit and I’m an American. Yet the next (faux) president can start a coup against his own government and it’s fine. But if the asshole had worn a tan suit while trying to overthrow the government, then maybe something bad would have happened to him? See how tricky it all is?

  20. Agreatreckoning says:

    Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’s win against ANL/MoS is a big favorite along with Angelina getting Judge Ouderkirk ousted. So many good stories. The story of Meghan wanting to do a Netflix doc on Kate’s charity work was extraordinarily funny in the improbability of it being true.

    The post/comments about cats not wanting to work for their food was delightfully funny,