THE QUEEN’S popularity has soared during the coronavirus lockdown, but Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s public opinion has plummeted, a new poll revealed today.
Brits were polled across January, March and October by the YouGov Royal favourability tracker, and found the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are falling out of favour.
When asked if they had a positive opinion of the Queen, 83 per cent of people said they did, which has increased from 79 per cent in March.
Prince William was the second favourite royal, with a 80 per cent positive review, and 76 per cent voted favourably of Kate Middleton – both increased since March.
Meanwhile, public opinion on Meghan and Harry has slipped since they announced they were stepping back as senior royals earlier this year and moving across the pond.
Harry had a 71 per cent positive rating in October 2019, but this fell to 55 per cent after his bombshell announcement, with Meghan’s also falling from 55 per cent to 38 per cent.
Now 48 per cent of adults have a positive impression of Harry, and 47 per cent have a negative view.
The Duchess of Sussex garners a positive response among a third of UK adults (33 per cent) but nearly six in ten (59 per cent) have a negative opinion of her.
This gives her the second lowest score among the entire Royal Family, just above Prince Andrew, who has an 80 per cent negative opinion and measly seven per cent favourability.
Charles’ positive rating hasn’t changed over the course of this year from 59 per cent, but Camilla’s increased slightly to 44 per cent.
It was found that 68 per cent of Brits think that Prince William and Kate Middleton will have the most influence over the royal family in the next decade.
This was followed by 12 per cent voting for Charles and Camilla, and just seven per cent saying Harry and Meghan.
The Queen has been praised for making two important televised addresses to the nation during the pandemic.
Meanwhile Prince William and Kate have been busy supporting businesses and front line staff, as have Charles and Camilla.
The YouGov poll also asked who should succeed the Queen on the throne, with 41 per cent supporting William, and 37 per cent saying Charles.
And 67 per cent of Brits think a constitutional monarchy is an asset, while 21 per cent wanted an elected head of state.
We shared how Meghan Markle and Prince Harry odds on to announce second baby by January, bookies predict.
This comes as the two princes are said to have "cut contact for two months" after Harry moved to the US with Meghan.
In other royal news, we told you how Meghan wants to "make the world a better place" for Archie.
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