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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ratings drop AGAIN to lowest ever levels

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ratings drop AGAIN to lowest ever levels after Prince Philip’s funeral – but Charles and Edward enjoy popularity boost as Queen remains Britain’s favourite Royal

  • Popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex fallen against following Prince Philip’s funeral earlier in April
  • Previously saw sharp decline in public opinion after their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey last month 
  • Queen remains most popular royal while Prince Edward and Prince Charles both saw a boost in popularity 

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s popularity ratings have fallen again to their lowest-ever levels following Prince Philip’s funeral, according to a new poll.

The couple’s popularity previously plummeted in the wake of their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they made accusations of racism within the Royal Family

And they have not regained favour with the British public since, with Prince Harry’s popularity falling another three points following the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, a YouGov survey found. 

Pregnant Meghan, who remained in the US rather than attend the funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at the advice of her doctor, has also seen her popularity fall by five points in the last six weeks, figures show.  

Meanwhile, both Prince Edward and Prince Charles have experienced a growth in popularity since March 12. 

And, in an unwavering sign of support following the death of her husband, the Queen saw a sharp boost in public favour from an 80 per cent positive view to 85 per cent. She remains the most popular royal.

Prince William and his wife Kate also remain very popular, according to the latest poll, with about three quarters of Britons giving them favourable reviews.

Prince Andrew remains by far the least popular royal, with an 79 per cent negative view, according to the poll.  

Prince Harry (above at Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17) and Meghan Markle’s popularity ratings have fallen again to their lowest-ever levels following Prince Philip’s funeral, according to a new poll

Pregnant Meghan (above with Harry), who remained in the US rather than attend the funeral at St George's Chapel, Windsor, at the advice of her doctor, has also seen her popularity fall by five points in the last six weeks, figures show

Pregnant Meghan (above with Harry), who remained in the US rather than attend the funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at the advice of her doctor, has also seen her popularity fall by five points in the last six weeks, figures show

The couple have not regained favour with the British public since their Oprah Winfrey interview, with Prince Harry's popularity falling another three points following the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, a YouGov survey found

The couple have not regained favour with the British public since their Oprah Winfrey interview, with Prince Harry’s popularity falling another three points following the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, a YouGov survey found

Meanwhile, both Prince Edward and Prince Charles have experienced a growth in popularity since March 12

Meanwhile, both Prince Edward and Prince Charles have experienced a growth in popularity since March 12

Approaching two in five people (37 per cent) say Prince Charles should become King when she retires, while a similar number (34 per cent) would like to see the throne go to grandson William

Approaching two in five people (37 per cent) say Prince Charles should become King when she retires, while a similar number (34 per cent) would like to see the throne go to grandson William

According to the data, of more than 1,700 Britons between April 21 and 22, public opinion of Prince Harry has remained largely negative despite his return home for the funeral of his grandfather this month. 

The latest figures show 43 per cent of Britons now have a positive opinion of Prince Harry, while 49 per cent regard him negatively. 

This gives the once popular prince a net score of -6 in terms of popularity – a drop of three points from March 12. 

Meghan’s popularity scores have also fallen slightly following a sharp decline in March.

Currently, less than a third (29 per cent) of Britons have a positive opinion of the Duchess of Sussex, while more than half (61 per cent) view her negatively.

This means she has a net popularity rating of -32, down from -27 six weeks ago. 

The Queen (above at Prince Philip's funeral) saw a sharp boost in public favour from an 80 per cent positive view to 85 per cent. She remains the most popular royal. She remains the most popular royal

The Queen (above at Prince Philip’s funeral) saw a sharp boost in public favour from an 80 per cent positive view to 85 per cent. She remains the most popular royal. She remains the most popular royal

Pictured: Prince William

Pictured: Kate Middleton

Prince William and his wife Kate (seen at Prince Philip’s funeral) also remain very popular, according to the latest poll, with about three quarters of Britons giving them favourable reviews

Prince Edward (seen middle right), the youngest child of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, had the largest boost in positive opinion, rising from 41 per cent of Britons in March to 54 per cent last week

Prince Edward (seen middle right), the youngest child of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, had the largest boost in positive opinion, rising from 41 per cent of Britons in March to 54 per cent last week

Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence follow Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's coffin

Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, Prince William, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice-Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence follow Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh’s coffin

However, other members of the royal family have seen their popularity ratings soar following the funeral of Prince Philip. 

Prince Edward, the youngest child of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, had the largest boost in positive opinion, rising from 41 per cent of Britons in March to 54 per cent last week. 

Negative opinion fell from 26 per cent to 19 per cent.

Prince Charles has also experienced a significant change in public regard, with his net popularity rating rising to +25 compared with +7 on March 12. 

This represents a return to form for the Prince of Wales, whose positive ratings dropped eight points to 49 per cent between March 2 and March 22, when Harry and Meghan spoke about their fallout with the Royal Family in an interview with Oprah.       

Princess Anne, the Queen and Prince Philip’s second child, also saw her ratings improve, with seven in ten (70 per cent) Britons now saying they like her, up from 64 per cent.

Pictured: Prince Andrew

Pictured: Princess Anne

Prince Andrew (left) remains by far the least popular royal, with an 79 per cent negative view, according to the poll. Pictured right: Princess Anne

It is likely this upwards trend is in part due to public sympathy in the wake of Prince Philip's death on April 9, although it could also partly represent a reversion to normal opinion as memories of the Oprah interview fade

It is likely this upwards trend is in part due to public sympathy in the wake of Prince Philip’s death on April 9, although it could also partly represent a reversion to normal opinion as memories of the Oprah interview fade

Some 85 per cent of the public now have a positive opinion of the Queen, who remains the most popular royal, up from 80 per cent. Only 9 per cent of Britons have a negative view of the Queen, down from 14 per cent.

It is likely this upwards trend is in part due to public sympathy in the wake of Prince Philip’s death on April 9, although it could also partly represent a reversion to normal opinion as memories of the Oprah interview fade.

Despite the Queen being well beyond the age when most people retire, two thirds of Britons (64 per cent) want her to remain in her job for the rest of her life. 

Only a fifth of the public (19 per cent) say she should step down from the throne. 

While Prince William is a much more popular figure than Charles, public opinion on who should succeed the Queen is split. 

The most popular royals, according to a new YouGov poll 

These are the most popular royals (rated very positive or positive) according to a YouGov poll of 1,730 Britons between April 21 and 22:

The Queen: 85 per cent (net: +78)

Prince William: 80 per cent (net: +68)

Kate Middleton: 78 per cent (net: +67)

Princess Anne: 70 per cent (net: +58)

Prince Charles: 58 per cent (net: +25)

Prince Edward: 54 per cent (net: +35)

Prince Harry: 43 per cent (net: -6) 

Camilla Parker Bowles: 43 per cent (net: +1)

Meghan Markle: 29 per cent (net: -32)

Prince Andrew: 10 per cent (net: -69)

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Approaching two in five people (37 per cent) say Prince Charles should become King when she retires, while a similar number (34 per cent) would like to see the throne go to grandson William. 

One in six people (17 per cent) say there should be no monarch after the Queen. 

The latest poll comes as a former BBC royal correspondent today claimed the Queen will begin to step back from royal duties as she prepares for a future without Prince Philip. The couple were married for 73 years.

It has been claimed that her Majesty, 95, will see her children take on more responsibility within the Firm following the death of her husband, such as joining her for the official opening on Parliament.  

Speaking to the New York Times, Peter Hunt, who worked as at the BBC until 2017, said: ‘Fundamentally, the Queen will fade away gracefully.

‘Covid has helped in the sense that it has accelerated what any sensible 95-year-old woman would want to do, which is not stand on your feet all day long’.

He added that while the Queen has returned to work following her husband’s death, she is unlikely to return to her schedule of busy meetings, garden parties and receptions, and may only go to Buckingham Palace two days a week.

Instead, she is likely to stay at Windsor Castle, where she has been in quarantine for most of the last year.  

Prince Charles will likely take on more duties, including joining his mother in the state opening on Parliament.

The monarch has overseen every one of the constitutional set pieces since taking the throne in 1952, apart from in 1959 and 1963 when she was pregnant with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward respectively.

The Duke of Edinburgh only missed the event once, 12 months before he retired in 2018, when he was hospitalised.

Earlier, a royal expert claimed Prince Charles wants to slim the monarchy down in order to save money.

Royal biographer Angela Levin said the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who currently live in an £11million mansion in California with their son Archie – could be ‘cut’ from The Firm, with a shrunk down version just including Charles, Camilla, William, Kate Middleton, Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte as senior royals.

Other royals could be encouraged to take on paid work to help support themselves – and may lose their titles and patronages. 

Ms Levin said on talkRADIO: ‘Prince Charles has wanted for a very long time to cut the monarchy down to save costs and to make people be worth the money that they got from the taxpayer.

Despite the Queen (seen with Prince Philip in June 2020) being well beyond the age when most people retire, two thirds of Britons (64 per cent) want her to remain in her job for the rest of her life

 Despite the Queen (seen with Prince Philip in June 2020) being well beyond the age when most people retire, two thirds of Britons (64 per cent) want her to remain in her job for the rest of her life

Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's speech next to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019

 Queen Elizabeth II delivers the Queen’s speech next to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019

‘I imagine that might be when Harry and Meghan are ditched from being members of the Royal family. 

‘I think the outer edge, which the Queen has wanted to keep together for a very long time for sentimental reasons, which at her age she didn’t really particularly want change which I think is understandable.

‘But he wants to change and I think he will do that.’ 

Rumours of Harry and Meghan facing the chop come as the couple’s biography Finding Freedom is set to be re-released this summer, once more raking over royal rifts and addressing the couple’s explosive Oprah Winfrey interview. 

The first edition, by authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, was published on August 11 last year and painted a flattering picture of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex from when they met in 2016 to their departure from the Firm in early 2020.

It is now being updated with new chapters, covering their tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, the allegations that Meghan, 39, bullied royal staff – which she denies – and the death of Prince Philip.

The new version, which is also expected to discuss their multi-million pound deals with Netflix and Spotify, their new life in California and the Queen’s decision to strip them of their royal patronages including Harry’s military roles, will go on sale on August 5. 

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