Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and it appears that their popularity in the United States is on a downward spiral. As they say, you reap what you sow.
According to Tom Quinn, the author of “Gilded Youth: An Intimate History of Growing Up in the Royal Family,” Americans are turning away from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex because, simply put, they don’t like constant complainers. Ouch, that’s got to sting, especially for a couple known for being vocal about their grievances.
Opinion polls mirror this sentiment, with data from July showing a decline in the couple’s popularity in the US. Harry’s approval rating dropped from 52 percent in the last quarter of 2022 to 46 percent in the first quarter of 2023. Meghan fared even worse, with only 38 percent of Americans liking her during the same period.
So, what’s the issue here? Well, Mr. Quinn suggests that the American public prefers success stories and isn’t too fond of perpetual complaints. It’s a valid point; after all, how long can one keep complaining before it becomes tiresome? Furthermore, Harry’s constant criticism of his own family raises questions about his positive role as a royal.
Harry and Meghan have faced setbacks recently, from losing their Archewell Audio podcast deal with Spotify to being snubbed at the Emmys for their Netflix docuseries. Not to mention the controversy surrounding Harry’s drug and alcohol status, amid claims about his US visa forms. Their move to the US hasn’t been as smooth as they’d hoped.
But what’s even more concerning is the potential impact on their two young children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet. Mr. Quinn rightly points out that the kids might face teasing or bullying at school due to their royal titles, a situation that could leave them feeling trapped.
Meanwhile, Meghan was recently seen enjoying Beyonce’s 42nd birthday concert, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Katy Perry, Lizzo, Chris Rock, and Adele. She even spent time with Tyler Perry, who happens to be Lilibet’s billionaire godfather. While Meghan revels in the celebrity scene, it seems that her and Harry’s popularity is dwindling among the American public.