British Citizens Believe Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Negative Influences

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have entered a new phase of their lives, standing up for themselves by suing the Mail on Sunday and speaking out against injustice. Unfortunately, it seems as though the majority of British citizens don’t really like this new evolution and made their feelings known in a recent poll. Keep reading to learn what percent of British citizens believe that Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan are negative influences, why they might think that, and which members of the royal family earned positive marks. 

People believe that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t good for the country

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the 91st Field of Remembrance.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Samir Hussein/WireImage

For British citizens, the royal family occupies a rarified space. They are a fact of life for Britons, but that doesn’t mean that everyone in the country loves or even likes them. In addition, some members of the royal family are definitely better-liked than others.

Recently, a major study revealed that in spite of their relative popularity in the United States, Markle and Prince Harry still rank pretty low in British public opinion. In fact, a staggering twenty-five percent of the people surveyed believe that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are a negative influence on the United Kingdom.

Forty-two percent don’t have any strong feelings regarding them one way or another, while thirty-four percent think that they are a positive influence on the country. The results are indicative of a downward trend regarding the public’s feelings toward the royal couple, which is in line with the overwhelmingly negative press that they have received within the past year.

Why don’t people like Meghan Markle?

It’s clear that a lot of people don’t like the Duchess of Sussex very much, but the exact reason probably can’t be narrowed down to any one thing. She is definitely one of the least-liked women in the royal family, and experts believe that it comes down to two things.

First, Duchess Meghan has apparently shown a willingness to bend royal rules, and not always in a way that seems positive. For example, Markle’s very expensive baby shower in early 2019 angered a lot of royal fans, as baby showers are not the norm within the British royal family — especially luxurious ones.

Some critics believe that the negative feelings towards Markle stem from inherent bias regarding her mixed-race heritage. While this isn’t directly provable, it is certainly what Prince Harry believes. He even released a statement shortly after he started dating Meghan Markle, where he accused the British media of being racist.

As for Prince Harry, himself, he used to be one of the most beloved royals. But, over the past year, his image has taken a hit. Many attribute this to his connection to Duchess Meghan, while others maintain that his contentious relationship with the press has more to do with it. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William received glowing praise

As a contrast to the way many Britons feel about Markle and Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton ranked high on the list of beloved royals. In fact, fifty-one percent of the people polled in the October 2019 study believe that Prince William and Middleton are a positive influence on the country, while only ten percent think that they are a negative influence.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are certainly more careful in their actions than the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and have a great deal more responsibility to deal with. Duchess Kate has long been one of the most-liked members of the royal family, and it seems as though the public’s dislike of Markle has only made her more popular.