Harry and Meghan’s ‘pot shots’ have ‘struck a nerve’ in US – expert

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have “struck a raw nerve” in the United States by firing “pot shots” at the Royal Family from their home state of California, a royal expert has claimed.

Washington-based commentator Nile Gardiner’s comments come after the Sussexes made a number of outspoken remarks about royal life since stepping down from royal duties in 2020.

In March 2021, the couple sat down for a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, where they made a host of allegations against the Royal Family.

Most recently, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have come under fire for criticisms of the royals, particularly in the wake of their Netflix documentary series and Harry’s tell-all memoir, Spare.

One poll showed in the first three months of this year, the couple’s popularity in the US had plunged, suggesting the American public is turning against them.

Nile Gardiner, a Washington-based foreign policy expert and royal commentator, told Express.co.uk: “The Royal Family is very popular in the US and the late Queen Elizabeth II especially was extremely popular.

“Harry and Meghan struck a raw nerve here in the US and Americans don’t generally attack the Royal Family.

“If you have Harry and Meghan firing pot shots from California, this doesn’t look good and most Americans disapprove of that.”

Mr Gardiner went onto claim Harry and Meghan are “deeply unpopular” in the US as the American public now “really sees through their character”.

Earlier this month, a poll carried out by YouGov for Newsweek showed Harry and Meghan’s popularity had taken a huge hit in the US in the early part of this year.

It found the Prince was liked by less than half (46 percent) of Americans in the first three months of 2023, a fall from 52 percent in the final quarter in 2022.

As for Meghan, more than a third (36 percent) of Americans said they liked the Duchess while less than a quarter (24 percent) said they disliked her.

Mr Gardiner continued: “There has been a huge backlash against them in the US.

“Opinion polls show they are deeply unpopular figures and their standing has absolutely plummeted since the release of the Netflix documentary series and Harry’s book.

“They are probably two of the most unpopular figures in the US today. On both sides of the Atlantic, they are increasingly hated celebrities.

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“The US people really see through their character, which is one of selfishness, arrogance and being incredibly rude and disrespectful people.

“They are incredibly unpopular in the US, and I suspect that is only going to get worse.”

Royal commentator Kinsey Schofield also recently spoke about the couple’s plunging popularity in the US and the decision from Meghan to skip the Coronation next month, claiming their brand is on “life support”.

She told TalkTV: “This is self-preservation for Meghan Markle. It ensures she’s not humiliated, booed or picked apart in front of the world.

“Here in the US their popularity has taken a major dive. They’re on life support, how do they rebrand?”

But the results of another poll carried out for Newsweek last Thursday showed Harry and Meghan’s popularity has risen in the wake of the decision for only the Prince to attend the Coronation.

The survey, conducted by strategists Redfield & Wilton, asked 1,500 registered voters in America how they viewed different Royal Family members.

It found 39 percent viewed Harry favourably compared to 32 percent in February. Meghan’s popularity has also jumped to 33 percent in April from 27 percent two months ago.

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