Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Popularity With Brits Continues To Plummet, Annual Survey Reveals
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's actions over the past few years have clearly ruffled the feathers of the British population. In Ipsos' annual survey of 2,055 British folks, only 30 percent said they saw the Duke of Sussex in a favorable light. That number is down 35 percent from 2018, the year the parents-of-two tied the knot.
Additionally, Meghan's approval rating is down to 24 percent, but the individual with the lowest score was Prince Andrew, as 70 percent of those polled disapprove of him, likely because of his sexual assault case, which he recently settled out of court.
Prince William and Kate Middleton's ratings stayed in the same area with the former receiving 64 percent favorable reviews and his wife with 60 percent.
In the top slot once again was Queen Elizabeth, who scored 69 percent.
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In light of the Sussexes' fallout with the U.K., they've been trying to make themselves more prominent in America, but Professor Pauline Maclaran believes that it was their association with the royal family that made them popular overseas, and without that, they'll soon suffer a fall from grace.
"I they need to really top up their associations with royalty, because without their royal connections they really are nobodies in the U.S., which is where they're trying to establish themselves. I do think their unique selling point to put it in marketing speak is that they have the sort of humanitarian aim and of course that high profile," she explained. "But the high profile is really because of their titles and their associations with British royalty. They're developing a kind of rival brand, or court, or however you like to describe it."
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"But I do think the longer they stay away they lose that royal magic. Harry and Megan really need to have these royal connections and maintain them," continued Maclaran. "The royals also need the diversity that the two of them bring, specifically Megan, it was pretty sad they lost that."