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Most Popular British Royal According to Latest Poll

Updated on August 22, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks is an online writer who writes about the royal family.

The results of a YouGov poll was released on Tuesday, November 13 that shows the most popular member of the royal family. YouGov interviewed more than 3.600 people between May 15 and October 31, 2018 for the latest survey.

In order to arrive at the most popular royal, the selection was based on three areas: positive opinion, negative opinion, and neutral opinion of those taking the survey.

At 92 years old and reigning over her country for more than 70 years, one would think Queen Elizabeth II would be at the top of the list for being the most popular British royal. However, she is not at the top of this list. Then, who is?

Prince Harry, Most Popular Royal
Prince Harry, Most Popular Royal

Prince Harry

Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex was at the top of the list even though he is only sixth in line to the throne. He was voted to be the most popular royal after he put his partying days behind him. He is very involved with veterans affairs, mental health advocacy, and the Invictus Games.

The 34-year-old prince received a positive opinion rate of 77 percent from the British public. The YouGov poll also revealed that the Duke of Sussex was described as genuine, admirable, likable, humorous, and fun-loving. Eighty-six percent of women and 69 percent of men approved of Harry.

Harry's popularity was evident last May when thousands of people watched his marriage to Meghan Markle. Now some of those same people are on baby watch. The couple is expecting their first child in the Spring of 2019.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth ranked in second place with a 74 percent approval rate. While Prince Harry deserves being at the top of the list, some are surprised that Queen Elizabeth wasn't.

While Harry was the most popular royal among women, the Queen was the most popular among men, with 71 percent approving. After all, she is the longest-living and longest-reigning British monarch.

Prince William

Prince William closely follows his grandmother in third place with 73 percent. The 36-year-old Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne behind his father Charles, Prince of Wales.

Prince William's three children follow him in the third, fourth and fifth positions to the throne. As children, they were not on the popularity list.

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge is the fourth popular royal on the list. Her place on the list is just below Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge. She is the second most popular woman in the royal family with a 64 percent ranking.

Royal fans described her as a good role model, genuine, beautiful, attractive and friendly. People love the way the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are raising three beautiful children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and seven-month-old Prince Louis.

Prince Philip

Prince Philip is the retired 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh and the fifth on the list of 15. He has been married to Queen Elizabeth since 1947. He and his wife are third cousins.

Prince Philip is the longest-serving consort of a reigning British monarch and the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family. He retired from his royal duties on August 2, 2017, at the age of 96. During his tenure since 1952, he completed 22,219 solo engagements.

Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle is the royal family’s newest addition. The Duchess of Sussex came in at sixth place with an approval rating of 55 percent. Even though she has been married to Prince Harry for less than a year, she ranks much higher than some of the biological family members.

The 37-year-old mother to be has a higher ranking than Prince Charles who is the first in line to the throne. The two of them have a great relationship, but she seems to be more popular than he is, according to the YouGov poll.

Prince Charles, first in line to the throne but seventh on list of popular royals with only 48 percent
Prince Charles, first in line to the throne but seventh on list of popular royals with only 48 percent

Prince Charles

Both of Prince Charles' sons are much more popular than their father who turns 70 years old on November 14. Although he’s first in line to the throne, Prince Charles came in seventh place with just 48 percent.

That's close to half of the nation. Fans of the Prince of Wales have a positive opinion of him, but 20 percent have a negative view and 30 percent have a neutral view.

Prince Charles and Camilla have tried hard to win over the people after their marriage in 2005. Since then, it has been an uphill climb to gain the favor of the people they serve in the Commonwealth.

Camilla Parker Bowles

Prince Charles’s wife Camilla Parker Bowles is far less popular than he is with only a 29 percent ranking. That puts the Duchess of Cornwall 10th on the list of 15.

No matter how kind Carmilla is, people haven't forgotten how she became part of the family. She is disliked more than of any member of the royal family even though she still has a ranking higher than Prince Andrew who comes in last on the list.

Rankings of Other Royals

After Prince Charles, two other royals are on the list ahead of his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. They are Princess Anne who came in eighth place with 47 percent and her daughter Zara Phillips Tindall in the ninth place with 43 percent. Zara is the oldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth. Her older brother Peter Phillips did not make the list.

Most people haven't heard much about Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex. She came in ahead of her husband who is the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The Countess is in the eleventh place with 28 percent. Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex came is in the twelfth place with 27 percent.

Princess Beatrice has a 25 percent ranking. She is slightly more popular than her younger sister Princess Eugenie who has a 24 percent ranking. Their father, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, is at the bottom of the list in the 15th place with only 22 percent of the popularity votes.

Order of Popular Royals

Number on List
Name And Title
Percentage
1
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex
77%
2
Elizabeth II, Queen of England
74%
3
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
70%
4
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge
64%
5
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
60%
6
Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex
55%
7
Charles, Prince of Wales, oldest son of the Queen
48%
8
Princess Anne, daughter of the Queen
47%
9
Zara Phillips, daughter of Princess Anne
43%
10
Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall
29%
11
Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex
28%
12
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, youngest child of the Queen
27%
13
Princess Beatrice, oldest daughter of Prince Andrew
25%
14
Princess Eugenie, youngest daughter of Prince Andrew
24%
15
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, son of the Queen
22%

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Jean, for reading and sharing your opinions about the royal couples. Most people believe the same things as you believe about them.

    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 

      10 months ago from New Jersey

      I like William and Kate with their long love story. But it's great to see Harry settle down, and he and Meghan seem to be in a marriage of love like Will and Kate. I plan to do an astrology article on them soon.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Tim, I had fun researching the information for the chart. I wanted my readers to be able to go down the list to see the ranking of each royal, according to the poll.

      I had heard of the Duke of York but not the Countess of Wessex.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      10 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Margaret,

      I remember reading another article of yours where you mentioned Prince Harry was the most popular royal. He's a likable guy and so is his wife.

      But I had never heard of some of these folk, like the Duke of York, and that was interesting to read about.

      Thanks for providing your readers with a little more information about the royals.

      Much respect and admiration,

      Tim

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      Inge 

      10 months ago

      Thank u Margaret for sharing, i to like keeping up with the royals.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Jackie, I also like keeping up with the royals. I think they are all popular in their own ways.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Interesting, I like keeping up with the royals and though William was always my favorite, Harry has been the last couple years and he always looks the mischievous boy of five!

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