People of 2022: from Meghan Markle to Matt Hancock

The former speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, is found to be a “serial bully” and liar by an independent inquiry.

More than a century after it was crushed by ice and sank off the coast of Antarctica, the wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance is found on the sea floor, in a remarkably good state of preservation.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured) is released from house arrest in Tehran and allowed to fly home to Britain, six years after being detained on trumped-up charges of plotting to overthrow the Iranian government. In her first press conference, she thanks her husband Richard, raises the plight of others imprisoned in Iran, and asks why it took six years and five foreign secretaries to bring her home.

Weeks of relentless Russian bombardment reduce the Ukrainian port of Mariupol to rubble, leading its fate to be likened to that of Guernica and Dresden. Having faced widespread criticism for its “grudging” response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis, the Government finally unveils a plan to house refugees from Russia’s war. It also freezes the UK assets of wealthy and powerful Russian oligarchs, including Roman Abramovich, who subsequently sells Chelsea Football Club.

Ministers condemn the summary firing of 786 workers by P&O Ferries: the workers were told in a three-minute video message that they were losing their jobs “with immediate effect”.

Critics slam chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement, saying it doesn’t do enough to help families facing a record hit to living standards. The negative reaction is exacerbated by Sunak’s effort to highlight the drop in fuel duty with a much-mocked photo-op at a petrol station, in which he was pictured filling a borrowed car and also struggled to use a contactless card machine to pay for a can of Coke.

Will Smith causes a sensation at the Oscars when he leaps out of his seat, marches onto the stage and slaps the presenter, comedian Chris Rock, for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s hairstyle. The Academy subsequently bans Smith from attending the ceremony for ten years.

An eight-day tour of the Caribbean by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attracts protests and calls for slavery reparations. The PR disaster is compounded by an unfortunate photo of the couple greeting local children through a high fence. Jamaica’s prime minister, Andrew Holness, tells the royal couple that his country is “moving on” by dropping the Queen as head of state.

Gordon Ramsay sparks anger in Cornwall, where he has a second home, by informing BBC Radio 2 listeners that he loves Cornwall – “it’s just the Cornish I can’t stand”. Asked about the remark, the chef doubles down, saying: “I’m sorry. I promise I did mean it.”

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