Rebecca Taylor·Royal CorrespondentMon, 8 March 2021, 5:24 pm
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A third of Britons have “no sympathy” for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after they revealed their side of the royal story in an explosive tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Harry laid bare his rifts with Prince Charles and Prince William in the interview, while Meghan said she had felt like “didn’t want to be alive any more” and that she had no support from inside the palace.
While the interview hasn’t yet been shown in full in the UK, a snap YouGov poll showed that the headlines that have dominated the news cycle all day have not helped the couple’s sympathy ratings in the UK.
But the royal family didn’t command much more support, with just two-fifths of those polled saying they had ‘a lot’ or a ‘fair amount’ of sympathy with senior members of the royals.
A snap poll from YouGov of 2,111 British adults on 8 March showed that from what they had heard and read, 47% of people thought the interview was inappropriate.
About a fifth (21%), said the interview was appropriate, but 31% said they did not know – potentially a reflection on the fact it has not aired in full yet.
Asked if they have sympathy for Harry and Meghan, based on what they had seen and heard, 33% said they had no sympathy at all.
Three in 10 (29%) had some sympathy, with 12% of Britons saying they had “a lot of” sympathy.
More than a fifth (23%) had not very much sympathy.
Women are twice as likely as men to have a lot of sympathy for the couple (16% versus 8%).
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More Britons had sympathy for the senior members of the Royal Family over the situation, with two-fifths (39%) saying it was other royals they felt for.
But 25% had not very much sympathy for the senior royals, and 20% had none at all for them.
The generational divide is noticeable when it comes to the sympathy for the senior royals, with 31% of over-65s saying their sympathy lies there, compared to 3% of 18- to 24-year-olds.
Clips were being trailed more than a week before the interview was due to air, and even more were released after the show had played in full in the US.
Winfrey said she had more than three hours of material, which they had to cut down to fit the two-hour time slot, with commercial breaks.
Further YouGov polling will take place when the programme has been aired in the UK.
Among Meghan’s biggest claims in the interview was that she’d been told of “conversations about how dark [Archie’s] skin might be when he was born” and “what that would mean and look like”, as well as revealing she’d felt suicidal.
She said she was “not being protected”, even saying the palace was “willing to lie to protect other members of the family”.
Buckingham Palace has not yet responded to any of the claims.
The interview has sparked very different reactions in the US and in the UK, with the couple receiving overwhelming support in the US, but more of a mixed bag in the UK.
In the US, journalist Saeed Ahmed, assistant managing editor at CNN Digital, tweeted that “two things stood out” from the interview.
He added: “Tyler Perry offered them security when the royal family wouldn’t. Oprah allowed them to tell their story when the royal family wouldn’t.
“A Black man gave them a home. A Black woman gave them a platform.”https://embed.fireplace.yahoo.com/embed/dca0637f-8599-4619-b52e-d4bb0158821a?articleId=copy-paste-1615189834983&ctrl=PollListview&m_id=polls&x_ap_enrich=.html
In the UK, journalist Piers Morgan was unimpressed with Meghan’s interview, asking on Twitter: “Is it too late for Oscar nominations?”
He also tweeted: “This interview is an absolutely disgraceful betrayal of the Queen and the royal family.
“I expect all this vile destructive self-serving nonsense from Meghan Markle – but for Harry to let her take down his family and the monarchy like this is shameful.”
Oprah With Meghan And Harry airs at 9pm on ITV on 8 March.
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NO SURPRISES THERE!!! THEY LIKE TO BE BRAINWASHED INTO BELIEVING THE ROYAL FAMILY CAN DO NO WRONG. THE SAME FAMILY THAT PROTECTED PRINCE ANDREW FROM INVESTIGATION AND PROSECUTION INTO SEX SLAVE ACTIVITIES. THE SAME FAMILY THAT HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH PRINCESS DIANA’S DEATH AND NOW RACISM!!!