Public approval ratings for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have continued to fall – even after the fallout settled on their bombshell interview with ultra-rich American celeb Oprah Winfrey.
While approval ratings for all other senior royals rose in April, as the nation mourned the sad passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, both Harry and Meghan saw their numbers slip even further according to data from respected pollster YouGov.
This site reported in March that both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had seen their popularity plummet to record lows in the wake of their talk with Hollywood pal Oprah, but it appears that the initial hit in public perception was not the end of their woes.
Harry had a net negative approval rating of -3 in March, and now finds his numbers have fallen even further to -6. His bride Meghan Markle, meanwhile, has seen her numbers slip to -32 from a rating of -27 last month – with 61% of Brits having a negative view of her.
The data comes as top royal commentator Dan Wootton has suggested that there are doubts over whether or not Markle will return to the UK for the unveiling of a statue for the late Prince Diana in July, saying that “there are genuine concerns that she could be booed at an event attended by members of the public given her current unpopularity in the UK as a result of the Oprah interview.”
Others fared much better in the April round of polling with Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, going from an approval rating of -7 to a net positive rating of +1.
The Queen remains by far the most popular figure in the royal family, with a net +76 having a positive view of Her Majesty – with 85% of the public backing the Queen and just 9% taking a negative slant.
She is closely followed by Prince William, who commands the respect of 80% of Brits, and his bride the Duchess of Cambridge, who is viewed positively by 78%.
Sympathy for Philip’s eldest son Charles, who touchingly paid tribute to his beloved “dear papa” shortly after the Duke’s passing, also saw a huge uptick in his popularity, going from a modest +7 to a whopping +25.
Even scandal-hit Prince Andrew, who remains the most unpopular senior royal, saw his numbers improve in April as 3% of the public switched from disapproval to approval.