Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's popularity falls to all time low among Brits ahead of UK return

Nearly two thirds of Brits hold a negative view of the Duke and Duchess, a new poll says


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s popularity has sunk to a record low, according to a new poll.

Nearly two thirds of Britons (63 percent) hold a negative view of Harry and Meghan, according to the YouGov survey on the favourability of members of the royal family.

The results come as the couple, who have stepped down as working royals and moved to north America, will return to the UK this week with their two children to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan and Harry are set to visit the UK in the coming days
Meghan and Harry are set to visit the UK in the coming days

Harry’s favourability score has dropped from -25 in March to -26 in May, with 58 percent of people thinking of him negatively versus 32 percent who see him in a positive light.

Meghan’s score has slumped even further from -39 to -42, with almost two in three people having a negative view of her compared to 23 percent who have a positive one.

Changes in attitude towards Harry have changed dramatically since 2018, when he was the most popular royal with the British public, 77 percent of whom held a positive opinion of him at the time.

He remains more popular among the young, with 42 percent of 18 to 24 year olds seeing the duke positively, compared to 33 percent who see him negatively.

In this age group, 38 percent view Meghan positively and 36 percent negatively.

The poll, carried out on 1,692 adults between May 18 and 19, also revealed that the Queen remains the most popular royal.

Eight in 10 Britons hold a positive opinion of the monarch, versus 12 percent who see her negatively – giving her a net score of +69.

The survey showed that 77 percent of the public think the Duke of Cambridge will do a good job as king, compared to 57 percent for the Prince of Wales.

William is seen as a good role model by seven in 10 Britons, while only three in 10 think the same of his brother Harry.