Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Incendiary Attack Leaves Everyone Damaged

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s allegations against the royal family have now shattered their reputation in Britain and America—but there are increasing signs the royal family may have problems too.

The Duke of Sussex’s memoir Spare became the fastest-selling non-fiction book in history after runaway sales on its first day while their Netflix documentary was on the Top 10 list in 85 countries, earning 81.55 million hours watched in the week after it first aired on December 8.

The exposure, however, does not appear to have had a positive impact on their reputations after Harry’s U.S. approval rating plunged 45 points and Meghan’s 36 points between December 5, 2022, and January 16, 2023, according to polling by Redfield & Wilton for Newsweek.

The couple’s standing with Americans has in fact sunk so low that Meghan was marginally less popular than Queen Camilla, even after Season 5 of The Crown brought back to the fore the queen consort’s former status as the “other woman” in King Charles III and Princess Diana‘s marriage.

While the damage appears to have hit Harry and Meghan hardest, the royals have not escaped unharmed either—and that appears to be the case in the U.K. as well as the U.S.

Prince Harry's Book Spare With Royals
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton to meet well-wishers outside Windsor Castle in September 2022, in a show of unity days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Harry’s book Spare [inset] appears to have had an impact on both the Sussexes and the wider royal family.
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U.S. Reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Revelations

Prince Harry dropped from +38 in polling for Newsweek on December 5—three days before the first episodes of the couple’s Netflix documentary aired—down to -7 on January 16, six days after the release of his book Spare.

That negative figure was made up of 31 percent who liked him and 38 percent who viewed him negatively.

Much of that damage, it would appear, happened in the days that followed the book’s release on January 10 as polling by Ipsos Mori over January 11 and 12 recorded 41 percent of Americans feeling positive about the duke. The pollster does not appear to have recorded the percentage who…