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Prince William has overtaken his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, to take the coveted title of most popular UK royal, according to the latest polling data. The Duke of Cambridge stands with a 75 percent positive rating, followed by the Queen with 73 percent and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on 67 percent.
Several royals have slid down the rankings, including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – who quit as senior members of the Royal Family last year.
Prince Harry ranks as the eighth most popular royal, with respondents to the survey giving him a 41 percent positive opinion and a 32 percent negative rating.
The Duke has the highest negative opinion total among the top 10 ranking royals.
His wife Meghan ranks lower, however, coming in 11th place with a 32 percent positive ranking and a whopping 40 percent negative rating.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have seen their popularity drop significantly over the past few months.
The previous polling data from YouGov found 48 percent of adults had a positive impression of Harry, showing his ratings have dropped seven percent.
His negative ratings have improved slightly, however, as the October survey found 47 percent held a negative view.
Meghan’s popularity has also dropped slightly, as she evoked a 33 percent positive response last October.
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But as with Harry, the Duchess’ negative ratings have decreased from 59 percent.
The latest survey found Prince Andrew, the Queen’s second eldest son, was found to be the least popular royal.
He came in 15th place, the last ranking by the pollsters, and held a positive rating of just six percent.
His negative rating stood at 68 percent, beating Meghan’s dismal rankings.
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Outside of the top three came Princess Anne, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and Zara Phillips who polled 50 percent, 49 percent and 47 percent respectively.
Prince Charles came in seventh with 47 percent approval ratings and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, came in ninth on 37 percent.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex, polled 10th with 33 percent.
Her husband Prince Edward came in 14th place on 26 percent.
Prince Andrew’s two daughters, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, made up the remaining two spots, scoring 29 percent and 25 percent respectively.
YouGov collected the data between October-December 2020 and conducted 1,541 interviews.
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