Harry and Meghan’s popularity plummets to all-time low

Harry and Meghan’s popularity has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll – just days before the couple is due to fly from California to the Queen’s Jubilee.

Earlier this month, YouGov conducted the study with 1,692 adults, asking them whether their views of the duke and duchess were positive or negative.

Results released today show Harry’s favorability score has dropped to -26, meaning only 32% of respondents have a positive view of him, compared to 58% who view him negatively.

In a similar poll conducted March 16-17, Harry had a score of -25.

Likewise, Meghan Markle’s net favorability rating has fallen, from -39 to -42 in the latest survey, with only 23% of the public feeling optimistic about the Duchess of Sussex, compared to nearly two-thirds ( 63%) of the public have a negative view.

Harry and Meghan’s popularity has dropped to an all-time low, a new poll shows – just days before the couple is due to fly from California to the Queen’s Jubilee

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly in from the US with Lilibet and her brother Archie (pictured last December)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex fly in from the US with Lilibet and her brother Archie (pictured last December)

Prince Harry and Prince William pose with wives Meghan and Kate after their service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020

Prince Harry and Prince William pose with wives Meghan and Kate after their service at Westminster Abbey in March 2020

Conversely, the Queen remains the most popular member of the royal family, with 8 in 10 Britons having a positive view of her while only 12% view her negatively, with a net score of +69

Conversely, the Queen remains the most popular member of the royal family, with 8 in 10 Britons having a positive view of her while only 12% view her negatively, with a net score of +69

The YouGov poll shows the Sussexes remain positive among young people, but to a lesser extent.

About 42% of 18- to 24-year-olds have a positive view of Harry and 33% have a negative view of him – a net score of +9.

This age group has an even wider gap with Meghan, with a net score of +2, with 38% seeing her positively and 36% negatively.

But the couple underperformed in other generations, including those aged 25 to 49 (-4 and -20, respectively), 50 to 64 (-42 and -61), but mostly 65 age and older (-65 and -79).

Conversely, the Queen remains the most popular member of the royal family, with eight in 10 Britons having a positive view of her, while only 12% view her negatively, with a net score of +69.

Elsewhere in the family, Prince William has a net score of +59, Kate has a +55, Charles has a +19, Camilla has a +9 and Andrew is by far the least popular with a net of – 80.

Meanwhile, research also shows that both Princes Charles and William will struggle to gain the same level of recognition as the Queen: 84% of Britons think the Queen has done a good job in her 70 years on the throne, including six in 10 who say she does to be “very good”.

YouGov tracking data shows the public is divided 34% to 37% on whether Prince Charles should succeed Queen Elizabeth as king, or whether the throne should pass to the more popular Prince William.

The British public tends to think that both princes would be good kings if they took the throne, but confidence in William is significantly higher than in Charles.

Some 77% thought the Duke of Cambridge would do well as king, compared with just 57% for his father.

Sources claim today that Harry and Meghan plan to “keep it simple” and avoid any activities of their own during their visit to England for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend.

The Duke and Duchess will fly without any senior staff, with only a small security team and keep their most trusted staff at home in California, according to people familiar with their travel plans.

Sources say the couple will be staying at their home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor – with their two children Archie and Lilibet – who will celebrate her first birthday on Saturday – but will be without any senior staff. ITV News.

Harry and Meghan are expected to join the Queen for a Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday morning, as well as a BBC party at the palace the following evening, the report said.

But the source added that the Sussexes would not host their own event plans while in the UK so as not to disrupt the four-day weekend celebrations to mark 70 years of Harry’s 96-year-old grandmother’s reign.