They’re not the world’s only royal family but they are the most well known and recognizable as just about everyone can name some of Queen Elizabeth II‘s children, grandchildren, or her great-grandchildren. Now, a new poll has revealed who fans chose as their least-favorite British royal.
The votes are in and this is which royal family member definitely won’t be winning popularity contests anytime soon.
Most unpopular royal
The poll was conducted by Public First for Metro and surveyed more than 1,000 people.
One of the most unpopular royals according to the respondents is Meghan Markle. Around 29% of the participants said they did not view Prince Harry’s wife in a positive light. Moreover, she had an approval rating of just 28% but when broken down by demographics, the Duchess of Sussex is much more popular with people between the ages of 18 to 24. The former actress’ approval rating in that age group alone jumped to 66%.
Those surveyed were also asked if they felt sorry for Markle following her and Harry’s ITV documentary in which she spoke about her struggles and trying to cope with all the media attention.
A whopping 71% of young people said that they felt bad for her, compared to only 26% of the older group.
But there was one royal who was voted more unpopular than Markle and that’s Prince Andrew.
The Duke of York’s scandal
The Duke of York has been making headlines the past several months over his friendship with pedophile and convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, who died in prison on Aug. 10, 2019. Andrew claimed that he never witnessed any of the behavior that Epstein was arrested for.
“I have stayed in a number of his residences,” a statement from the prince said. “At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behavior of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction.”
A photo was recently published of Prince Andrew with his arm around Virginia Giuffre at a gathering in London in 2010. Giuffre alleged that she was abused by the prince the night the picture was taken. She was 17 at the time.
The duke denied having “any form of sexual contact or relationship” with Giuffre. But the damage to his reputation has already been done and fans voted him as their least favorite royal.
Other royals and their popularity
As for other members of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth continues to be the most popular and well-liked with 73% giving her a positive rating.
Prince William’s wife, Kate Middleton, is also of the most liked royals with a 67% approval rating.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles also saw a bump in their popularity in 2019 as opposed to 2018.