Once Britain’s favourite prince, the Duke of Sussex’s popularity has been in decline in his home country since leaving his senior royal post last year to start a new life across the pond with wife Meghan. Unlike her husband, she’s never been Britain’s most beloved royal.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s popularity has plummeted even further in the United Kingdom following Prince Philip’s funeral on 17 April.
According to a recent poll by YouGov, only 43 percent of respondents now regard the Queen’s grandson in a positive light – a two point drop compared to the previous survey in mid-March, which saw a record plunge in the popularity of Britain’s (once) favourite prince in the wake of his and Meghan’s “tell-all” interview with Oprah Winfrey.
During the bombshell talks, the Sussexes dished out allegations of racism against “the Firm,” claiming that there were concerns among senior royals about the skin tone of their unborn baby Archie while Meghan was still pregnant. The duchess also said that she was denied help from royal aides while feeling suicidal in the Palace – claims that have left many Britons outraged.
More Britons now have a negative attitude towards the Duke of Sussex (49 percent) than before, but his popularity rating is still significantly higher than his wife’s; three in five people asked really dislike the Duchess of Sussex.
Only 29 percent hold a positive opinion OF Meghan, signifying a further decline from the 31 percent she previously enjoyed.
Meghan, heavily pregnant with the couple’s second child, was advised against attending Prince Philip’s funeral, but she sent a carefully chosen wreath and a hand-written note with her husband, as he flew over to support his family and the Queen during the day.