The defining pop culture moments of 2020 revealed

It was an unusual year marked by unusual events: an unprecedented global pandemic, youth-led protest movements, impassioned Black Lives Matter demonstrations, a divisive US Election.

The list goes on.

Amid all the negative news, and just when we needed nourishment and escape the most, COVID-19 devastated the creative industries.

Broadway lights went out, the Met Gala and Glastonbury were cancelled, galleries and theatres closed.

Yet despite all this, culture still managed to thrive in unexpected and innovative ways.

Take, for example, the group of resilient Spanish musicians who serenaded an opera house full of plants instead of a live audience, or the Emmy Award ambassadors who delivered trophies to winners while wearing Hazmat tuxedos.

Below are some of the cultural moments that offered hope and distraction in an otherwise tough 2020.

Harry and Meghan retired as working royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced on Instagram that they would be “stepping back” as senior members of the British royal family in January.

(Yes, this happened in 2020).

Instead of being granted the hybrid role they originally pitched for, Prince Harry and Meghan gave up their royal titles and subsequent duties entirely as they packed up and moved to California.

Far from shrinking into the shadows, their post-royal lives have been highly visible.

They urged Americans to vote in the US presidential election (a move criticized for breaching the British royal family’s tradition of political neutrality).

Then, in an op-ed for the New York Times, Meghan revealed she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the year, another example of high-profile figures helping to break the taboo around pregnancy loss.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have lost their second child to a miscarriage. Credit: Getty

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