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Charles coronation: Brits want Meghan to stay away - but not Harry

British people are more likely to say Meghan Markle should stay away from King Charles's coronation, according to a new poll.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award Gala in New York City, U.S., December 6, 2022. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have both been invited to the coronation. (Reuters)

British people are more likely to say Meghan Markle should stay away from King Charles's coronation – but would be happy to see Prince Harry attend, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg and Deltapoll survey revealed 41% of Brits were keen for Harry to be at the event in May, with 37% saying he shouldn’t go, and a further 22% saying they did not know.

When asked if they wanted to see the Duchess of Sussex accompany him, 39% said they wanted her there, while 43% thought she should stay home.

A spokesperson for the Sussexes confirmed that they had been invited to the coronation but did not say if they would be attending.

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Britain's Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they watch a fly past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force in central London, Britain July 10, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Radburn
The Royal Family pictured in 2018. (Reuters)

It comes after the couple confirmed they had been asked to leave their Frogmore Cottage home in Windsor just weeks after Harry’s autobiography Spare was released.

Last week, it emerged the King had offered the keys to Frogmore Cottage to Prince Andrew, who it is believed has been told by his brother to leave his nearby Royal Lodge residence by this autumn.

The decision is likely to be interpreted as a major rebuke by Charles to his son, who since moving to North America in 2020 has criticised the monarchy and individuals within the institution.

Harry and Meghan’s ‘favourability rating’ with the British public has been on a downward trend since 2018, according to YouGov.

Recent polling showed how their popularity in the UK had declined particularly since the release of the prince's book.

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Horse Racing - Royal Ascot - Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Britain - June 19, 2018   Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex arrive at Ascot racecourse   REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
Prince Harry and Meghan have criticised the monarchy and individuals within the institution. (Reuters)

The YouGov tracker showed only a quarter of Brits (24%) think positively of Harry, while 68% have a negative opinion of him – giving him his lowest ever favourability rating of -44.

Meghan performs even worse, with a positive rating of 22% and a negative rating of 68%, giving her a net favourability of -46.

Across all age groups, only Prince Andrew beats Meghan and Harry in the unpopularity stakes.

The survey showed even fewer Brits (46%) wanted the disgraced Andrew at the coronation, with 36% saying he should be there and 17% unsure.

King Charles's coronation will take place on the morning of Saturday 6 May.

It will be held at the historic Westminster Abbey, where the ceremony has taken place for the last 900 years.

Camilla, the Queen Consort, will also be crowned alongside the King, using the Queen Mary Crown.