Published On: Sat, Aug 17th, 2019

Kate Middleton: Duchess of Cambridge voted more popular than Meghan Markle in YouGov poll

Kate Middleton has been voted a more popular member of the British Royal Family than sister-in-law Meghan Markle. It is the second year in a row the annual opinion poll has ranked the Duchess of Cambridge higher than the Duchess of Sussex. The YouGov research was carried out between June 2018 and June 2019, with 9,000 people interviewed. Of those quizzed, 64 per cent said they had a positive opinion of Kate Middleton while just 10 per cent disliked Prince William’s wife.

However, only 49 per cent of participants regarded Meghan Markle favourably and 16 per cent had a negative opinion.

It would appear the Duchess of Sussex’s popularity has diminished, according to the yearly poll as, in 2018, 55 per cent of YouGov voters said they viewed Meghan favourably.

This year, the Duchess of Cambridge was described as the following by those polled: Good Role Model, Attractive, Genuine, Beautiful and Admirable.

As for Prince Harry’s wife, fans said of Meghan: Confident, Attractive, Beautiful, Charming and Admirable.

These rankings put Kate as the fourth most popular Royal and Meghan as the fifth most popular.

Both women were beaten by their husbands; Prince Harry came in second place, with 71 per cent having a positive opinion of him.

Prince William ranked in third place, just above his spouse, liked by 69 per cent of people.

The – quite literal – Queen of the ranking was Her Majesty. The monarch was ranked the number one most popular royal with 72 per cent having a positive opinion of her.

The Queen has overtaken Prince Harry this year after her grandson nabbed top spot last year.

Her husband Prince Philip came in at fifth place – liked by 54 per cent of those polled – just one spot above Meghan.

While the Duchess of Sussex did beat both Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, her lower ranking may not come as a surprise to some royal fans.

Prince Harry’s wife was criticised this summer after reports emerged suggesting one of her security team asked attendees at Wimbledon not to take photographs of her. 

Piers Morgan said at the time: “It’s absurd for Ms Markle to demand privacy as she sits in the royal box on a publicly-funded jolly with her mates…”

The Duchess of Sussex and her husband were also lambasted over their decision to hold a private service for the christening of their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

While the ceremony is traditionally reserved for family and friends, in the past royal parents had allowed the public and the press to take candid pictures of their family either before or after the service.

Meghan and Harry have been known to value their privacy, having in the past urged the public to allow them to be discreet as they celebrated the birth of their son.

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