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Poll: UK public opinion of Meghan, Harry at new low after Oprah interview

A new poll shows British public opinion of Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry is at an all-time low after their recent bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Overall, 48 percent of Britons view Harry negatively while 45 see him positively, the first time the prince has been underwater and a 15-point net drop since just March 2, according to the YouGov survey released Friday.

The duchess, who was born Meghan Markle, sees approval from only 31 percent of United Kingdom respondents, and disapproval from 58 percent, down 14 points.

The numbers split among age groups as the majority of young people ages 18 to 24 view the couple positively, while most above the age of 65 views the couple negatively.

The drop in favorability comes after the couple’s widely discussed interview with Oprah, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday, where Meghan opened up about her mental health struggles and the challenges she faced as a new royal, with the two saying there were racist remarks made by the royal family about her then-unborn child’s skin color.

The interview did not have much impact on the other royal family members’ favorability, except for Prince Charles whose favorability went from 57 percent to 49 percent after it aired.

The royal family released a statement after the interview saying it was “saddened” to hear “how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan.”

“The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning,” the statement added.

The poll surveyed 1,664 U.K. adults from March 10 to 11. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Tags Duchess of Sussex House of Windsor Meghan Markle Oprah Winfrey Prince Harry royal family United Kingdom YOUGOV
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