The poll shows that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle enjoy less popularity in the U.K.
Prince William rules in a new poll gauging the royals' popularity.
William, 41, narrowly edged out his wife Kate Middleton, 41, in a new survey conducted by British polling company YouGov. The poll was released on Monday in the week leading up to the one-year anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth on Sept. 8.
Researchers have found that 61% of Britons are in favor of the monarchy – down just slightly after the immediate "bounce" of affection that happened following the seismic news of Elizabeth’s death, at age 96, following 70 years on the throne.
William has a favorability ranking of 74%, while Kate is at 72%. Princess Anne – Charles’s 73-year-old sister — comes in third at 73%, YouGov found.
King Charles — who acceded to the throne at the death of his mother on September 8 last year — is seen by 60% of Britons in a positive light.
Prince Harry, 38, and Meghan Markle, 42, landed toward the bottom of the favorability poll — at 31% and 24% respectively. Disgraced Prince Andrew, 63, who was cast out from his frontline royal role following his association with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, is viewed positively by only 6%.
The poll finds that there are deep divisions about the monarchy depending on age. Harry and Meghan are much more popular with people under age 30. While 58% of Britons think the monarchy is good for the country, only 30% of those ages 18 to 24 agree. For those older than 65, it is 77%. Furthermore, just 37% of 18 to 24-year-olds want to Britain to remain a monarchy.
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The generations are also split on whether the royals represent value for money — with just 34% of 18 to 24-year-olds believing they do, while three-quarters of those older than 65 think the royals are good value.
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