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Prince Harry’s popularity in the UK has plummeted from 70% before Megxit to 23% in the wake of Spare publication and nosedived in the US – as poll reveals just 23% of Brits say they will read the memoir

  • The Sussexes have both endured a steep decline in popularity since ‘Spare’ 
  • Harry has seen an enormous decline in his approval rating in just four years  
  • Ipsos Mori poll shows favourability of all royals has slipped since December 2022

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New polling suggests less than a quarter of Britons hold a favourable view of Prince Harry as the devastating fallout from his explosive memoirs continues. 

The Duke of Sussex, who has endured a steep decline in his personal popularity in just four years, has taken a battering in the polls since the publication of ‘Spare’.

Half of those responding to the latest Ipsos Mori poll said they held ‘unfavourable’ views of the Duke – compared to the near 70% who backed the Duke before the Sussexes’ high-profile decision to step away as working royals in 2019.

It also emerged that less than a quarter of those polled (23%) said they planned to read his bombshell new memoirs – which has become the fastest selling non-fiction book ever after selling 750,000 copies in the UK.

The Duke of Sussex, who has endured a steep decline in his personal popularity in just four years, has been consistently battered in the polls since the publication of Spare 

Less than a quarter of those polled by Ipsos Mori said they held a 'favourable' view of Harry. His popularity among younger audiences (33% favourability among those aged 18-34) also ranked much higher than those of the older generation (8%)

Less than a quarter of those polled by Ipsos Mori said they held a ‘favourable’ view of Harry. His popularity among younger audiences (33% favourability among those aged 18-34) also ranked much higher than those of the older generation (8%)

The publication of 'Spare' appears to have dented the popularity of almost every member of the Royal Family, new polling shows

The publication of ‘Spare’ appears to have dented the popularity of almost every member of the Royal Family, new polling shows 

Almost two-thirds of those polled by Ipsos Mori said they held favourable views of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Meanwhile, over half of those polled said they held negative opinions on Prince Harry (53%) and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex (55%).

Poll

Who is YOUR favourite royal?

  • King Charles 275 votes
  • Prince William 566 votes
  • Prince Harry 58 votes
  • Camilla, Queen Consort 93 votes
  • Catherine, Princess of Wales 815 votes
  • Princess Anne 467 votes
  • Prince Edward 12 votes
  • Prince Andrew 14 votes
  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 30 votes

Now share your opinion

Prince Andrew’s popularity languishes at the bottom of the scale, with just 10 per cent of those surveyed saying they held a ‘favourable’ view of the Duke of York.

The Prince and Princess of Wales have seen steep drops in their overall favourability, according to the poll, with both slipping -8% and -7% respectively since December.

Older respondents, aged between 55-75, showed a more favourable view of Prince William than those aged between 18-34, the poll found.

Overall, 68% of those polled said they believe Prince William would make a good King. 

Prince Harry has also seen his popularity decline since the publication of his bombshell memoirs, with his favourability rating falling 7% in a month. 

It marks a precipitous fall from grace for the Duke since March 2018, when his approval rating sat just shy of 70%.

Today, less than a quarter of those polled said they held a ‘favourable’ view of Harry. 

His popularity among younger audiences (33% favourability among those aged 18-34) also ranked much higher than those of the older generation (8%).

Kelly Beaver MBE, Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland, said the warring brothers’ popularity appears to have slipped in the eyes of the public in the wake of the publication of ‘Spare’.

She said: ‘The immediate impact on public opinion should not be exaggerated – and it should be noted is partly a return from the uplift in public sympathy after the sad passing of the Queen. 

‘Britons are still much more positive than negative towards the King, the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Princess Royal, and towards the Royal Family as a whole, and views towards the institution as a whole are so far little changed. 

‘While the stories may have challenged the public’s views towards the individuals involved, the monarchy itself endures for now.’

The Ipsos Mori poll quizzed 1,000 British adults aged between 18 and 75 online across January 10 and 11. 

It comes after Americans appeared to ‘dump’ Harry and Meghan Markle as their popularity continues to dwindle on both sides of the Atlantic.

The couple, who were previously hugely popular in the U.S., have sunk in the polls since Prince Harry launched a fresh attack on the royal family and revealed a range of intimate details such as how he lost his virginity in his new tell-all memoir. 

Prince Harry described the British public as being among 'the most credulous people in the world' as the fallout from his explosive new book continues. Pictured: Royal fans line the Mall near Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June 2012

Prince Harry described the British public as being among ‘the most credulous people in the world’ as the fallout from his explosive new book continues. Pictured: Royal fans line the Mall near Buckingham Palace to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012

It has been a precipitous fall from grace for the Duke since March 2018, when his approval rating sat just shy of 70%. Today, less than a quarter of those polled said they held a 'favourable' view of Harry (pictured above with the Duchess of Sussex in December)

It has been a precipitous fall from grace for the Duke since March 2018, when his approval rating sat just shy of 70%. Today, less than a quarter of those polled said they held a ‘favourable’ view of Harry (pictured above with the Duchess of Sussex in December)

Imagine Harry and Meghan's pre-publication fantasies! Surely they imagined the world at their backs, outraged that Harry got the smaller bedroom at Balmoral and that Charles isn't much a hugger, doubtless agitating for the end of the monarchy while applauding Harry and Meghan for bearing such suffering so valiantly.

Prince Harry’s book, Spare, was released on January 10 and quickly became one of the fastest selling non-fiction books ever, but the fallout from the Duke’s book looks set to linger

The Redfield & Wilton's poll, which was made up of 2,000 US voters, marks a serious backslide in ratings for the couple, who moved to the country after stepping back from royal duties in March 2020

The Redfield & Wilton's poll, which was made up of 2,000 US voters, marks a serious backslide in ratings for the couple, who moved to the country after stepping back from royal duties in March 2020

Prior to publication, Harry had a favorability rating of +38, according to a December 5 poll of 2,000 U.S. voters for Newsweek.

That has now plunged to -7, with pollsters Redfield & Wilton speaking to the same number of voters on January 16.

His wife has also seen her reputation harmed by the drama. She now has an approval rating of -13, compared to +23 on December 5.

Spare became the fastest-selling non-fiction book of all time on the day of its release earlier this month, topping sales charts around the world – including in the U.S., according to its publisher.

Harry’s controversial book has sparked headlines amid claims he was physically attacked by the Prince of Wales, his revelation he killed 25 Taliban members during the Afghanistan war, admissions of taking drugs including cocaine, cannabis and magic mushrooms, and losing his virginity in a field behind a pub to a cougar ‘horse enthusiast’ when he was 17

But fresh questions have also been raised over the accuracy of Prince Harry‘s explosive memoir after his bold claims on royal ancestry and being gifted an Xbox game console years before its official release were debunked.  

It has also put in jeopardy the family’s chance to set aside their differences at the coronation of Prince Charles III later this year.

The Redfield & Wilton’s poll, which was made up of 2,000 US voters, marks a serious backslide in ratings for the couple, who moved to the country after stepping back from royal duties in March 2020. 

The poll also found women were slightly less likely to like Markle than men.

Asked about whether Harry was right to reveal intimate conversations with his family members in the memoir, 44 percent said he was wrong, with 26 percent saying he was right. 

Harry has been on a media blitz since the book came out, taking part in interviews with Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes, Michael Strahan for Good Morning America, and Stephen Colbert for his late night comedy show.

Yet even some who previously supported the prince are beginning to say that the memoir is excessive, and unnecessarily brutal towards his family.

The couple have also seemingly become increasingly unpopular in the UK, with recent polling for MailOnline revealing 56 percent of people believe they should lose all their royal titles and patronages.

Among young people, the monarchy itself is also becoming less and less welcomed. 

Prince Harry's popularity among the British public has slumped to an all-time low, a YouGov poll last week suggested

Prince Harry’s popularity among the British public has slumped to an all-time low, a YouGov poll last week suggested 

Almost two-thirds of Britons have a negative view of the Duke of Sussex, up from 58 per cent in May, with just a quarter seeing him in a positive light, a YouGov survey showed

Almost two-thirds of Britons have a negative view of the Duke of Sussex, up from 58 per cent in May, with just a quarter seeing him in a positive light, a YouGov survey showed

The poll, by YouGov on behalf of MailOnline, also reveals that Harry’s attacks on Charles, his brother William and sister-in-law Kate have not changed the public’s perception of them at all. Kate’s polling improved. 

The Prince of Wales’ polling remains strong despite being accused of attacking his younger sibling after a blazing row where he called Meghan ‘difficult’ and ‘abrasive’. 

Meanwhile Prince Harry’s approval ratings dropped to a record low of -44. 

In the memoir, Prince Harry alleged that his brother shoved him into a dog’s bowl during the heated row after he began dating Meghan, leaving it in ‘pieces’.

He claimed he could tell Prince William wanted him to hit him back, but he refused to do so. He added his brother later apologized. 

He also revealed personal details such as how he lost his virginity to an older woman in a field behind a pub.

In his new book, Harry claims members of the royal household regularly briefed to the press, including for negative articles about Meghan. 

Harry has been criticized for sharing private conversations in the book, and intimate details about his family members.

However, the Prince claimed there are many other details he has chosen not to share because ‘I just don’t want the world to know’, adding his family might not ‘ever forgive’ him if he did so.

Harry has since challenged his family members to speak with him and apologize to Meghan, though it is not clear what for.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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