Is Kate Middleton Really More Popular Than Meghan Markle?

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle both became hugely popular when they married into the British royal family. Their names and faces started appearing on every magazine and their respective royal weddings were watched by many people around the world.

Although both ladies can garner attention like no other, a lot of fans often wonder: which one is more popular with the common folks? Is it really Kate Middleton, who has been in the royal family since 2011? Or could it be Meghan Markle, the newer actress-turned-duchess? Read on below to find out.

Kate Middleton is more popular with British public in recent poll

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex | Samir Hussein/WireImage

According to a poll conducted by U.K.-based research center, Opinium, 62% of the British public has a positive view on Kate Middleton. However, only 39% said the same thing about Meghan Markle.

Kate Middleton’s popularity is topped by people like Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, and Prince Harry – all of whom had a positive rating of 70% or higher.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle is the second least-liked female royal. She is just ahead of Prince Charles’ wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, who is only approved by 24% of the public.

Kate Middleton has generally been well-liked by people

Kate Middleton’s high rating perhaps isn’t surprising considering the fact that the Duchess of Cambridge has been well-liked by the British public ever since she joined the royal family.

Although Kate has received her fair share of criticisms, especially concerning her work ethics, many people generally approve of her being in the royal family. She is seen as relatable given her more common background and her parenting style has been praised by onlookers.

Meghan Markle has had a rough start in the royal family

Unlike Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle has had to weather controversies and negative press just in her first year of being in the royal family, which no doubt plays a role in her low approval rating.

From family members trying to smear her image to constant rumors about her feuding with many people in the royal household and staff, it’s no wonder some members of the public do not have a good view of Meghan Markle.

Moreover, another reason for Meghan’s negative rating is also the fact that she is different from the rest of the royal family. Meghan Markle is a biracial divorcee who likes to do things her own way and does not follow traditions that she disagrees with.

There are definitely many people who love Meghan for being a breath of fresh air, but at the same time, it’s obvious that some are not happy with a royal family member who is so different from what they have come to know.

Can Meghan Markle increase her popularity?

It’s important to note this poll is not an end-all, be-all. Popularity ratings change all the time and there’s hope that public opinions of Meghan Markle can get more positive as time goes on.

For example, Camilla Parker Bowles was extremely unpopular when she married Prince Charles in 2005 because of her involvement in Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage.

However, Camilla’s approval rating has gone up over the years due to her commitment to charity work and the other royals showing her love and respect.

Meghan Markle is in a different situation than Camilla, but the public can definitely warm up to her with time. It also helps that she is now a mother. Kate Middleton’s approval rating with the public (as well as the queen) went up when she had children and people saw how well she was raising them, so there’s no doubt the same thing can happen to Meghan in the near future.