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.
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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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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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.