Princes Harry and William named the nation's favourite royals

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
The brothers have been named the nation’s favourite members of the Royal Family [Photo: Getty]

The media circuit may track the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle‘s every sartorial move but it turns out, the nation’s favourite royals are actually Princes William and Harry.

In a recent poll conducted by Ipsos MORI Political Monitor, the brothers came out top as the most popular members of the Royal Family.

Three in five participants (62 percent in total) named Prince William in their top two favourite royals. And it seems he has an unwavering influence, as these figures match those collated back in the first November 2012 study.

While Prince Harry has grown on the public over the last six years and climbed in popularity to 58 percent, according to the survey. We wonder if his famous bride-to-be has anything to do with it?

And age played a large factor in the results, as two-thirds of those aged between 18 and 34 named Prince William as their favourite royal.

While 56 percent of the older generation (aged 55 and above) chose Queen Elizabeth II as their favourite. And it’s interesting to note, that Her Majesty has not seen a change in popularity since the survey was first conducted back in 2012.

Could Meghan Markle be the secret behind Prince Harry’s growing popularity with the public? [Photo: Getty]

According to the study, women are most likely to name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as their favourites while Prince Harry is popular with both genders.

Participants were then quizzed on which members of the Royal Family they deem most favourable and least favourable. Unsurprisingly, Prince Harry came out on top with 87 percent of the public behind him. While, Camilla Parker Bowles was the only royal who was outranked as being unfavourable.

But how does the newest member of the family, Meghan Markle, score in the leaderboard?

With 53 percent of participants deeming her favourable, it seems she’s already made a positive impression on the nation having only joined husband-to-be Prince Harry on a handful of royal engagements so far.

Head of Political Research at Ipsos MORI, Gideon Skinner, concluded: “There’s little sign of the Royal Family losing their support among the public, and importantly for the future it’s not just reliant on the Queen herself, with William, Kate and Harry joining her with favourability ratings most politicians could barely dream of.”

She continued, “Prince Harry has become more popular amongst all sections of society over the last few years, and while not everyone has an opinion yet on Meghan Markle, those who do are much more positive than negative – especially women.”


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