Meghan Markle Is the Most-Googled Royal Despite Controversial Year

Meghan Markle hasn’t stepped foot in the U.K. since March 2020 when she and Prince Harry completed their final engagement as working members of Queen Elizabeth II‘s family. But today, the Duchess of Sussex is still the most-Googled royal in Britain. She’s also the most-searched in the U.S.

Here’s how many monthly searches Meghan is getting compared to the rest of the royal family, and why a commentator believes people in the U.K. are still Googling Harry’s bride despite her drop in popularity among the British public.

Meghan Markle smiling on the carpet at the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala
Meghan Markle smiling brightly on the carpet at the 2021 Salute To Freedom Gala | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Meghan was Googled more times than any working royal

While Meghan’s popularity dipped in the U.K. following her choice to step down as a senior royal, data collected by Ahrefs.com shows that the Duchess of Sussex is still the most-searched royal on both sides of the pond.

The name “Meghan Markle” gets Googled about 1.1 million times in the U.K. alone every month. And Meghan’s husband is the second most-searched royal as “Prince Harry” gets searched around 579,000 times every month.

The most-searched working member of the royal family is Kate Middleton who comes in behind her sister-in-law with an average of 380,000 searches a month.

Commentator says the British pubic is still ‘intrigued’ by Meghan

Meghan Markle smiling during visit to Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia
Meghan Markle smiling during a visit to Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Royal commentator and founder of the British Monarchist Society, Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, gave a few reasons as to why Britons may still be interested in Meghan despite Megxit, her explosive allegations in the Oprah Winfrey interview, and other clashes with the royal family.

“People have been following the Duchess of Sussex simply for the fact she is intriguing,” he told Express. “She came into the royal family like a cyclone, with all the drama of a prime time soap opera, and since then she continues not to disappoint on the entertainment front.”

Mace-Archer-Mills continued: “When she is splashed all over the media, despite quitting the royal family, people want to know the story. They are intrigued by her actions and her general disdain for royal protocols and royal traditions. This adds to the underlying mystique of the duchess.”

The Duchess of Sussex has topped the list of most-Googled royal for years

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving at the annual Commonwealth Day Service in 2020
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving at the annual Commonwealth Day Service in 2020 | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Prince Harry’s wife being the most-searched royal isn’t anything new for the duchess.

In 2020, data compiled by Banc showed that Meghan was the most-Googled royal throughout the entire year. The findings didn’t come as much of a surprise then given that she and the prince announced their decision to step down and moved to California.

The Duchess of Sussex was the most Googled person in 2018, which was the year she and Harry tied the knot. And Yahoo U.K. named Meghan the most-searched royal in 2019 as well when so many were still trying to learn as much as they could about the former Suits star.

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