According to a YouGov poll, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s favorable ratings dropped by six and three points, respectively, among British adults just around the time Netflix’s “Harry and Meghan” launched.
The docuseries offers an intimate look into the couple’s life with the royal family, as well as Harry and Meghan’s perspective on their strained relations with the other British Royals. However, the series has irritated many British viewers.
Before the first three episodes of the series were released on the streaming site on December 8, the Royal couple had already received negative feedback.
A November survey found 60 percent had an unfavorable view of Meghan, and 52 percent had an unfavorable view of Harry. According to a YouGov poll conducted on December 7 and 8, 64 percent of people hate Markle and 59 percent dislike Harry. The dislike was especially strong among elderly Britons, with 79 and 84 percent rejecting Harry and Meghan, respectively.
Only 33% of the people thought Harry was attractive, while 25% thought Markle was attractive. In contrast, Prince William and Kate Middleton are extremely popular in the United Kingdom. According to the same poll, the Prince of Wales is loved by 77% of the people and hated by 15%.
Since its trailer aired on December 1, Meghan and Harry’s docuseries has received a considerable amount of criticism. According to British pundit Piers Morgan, the trailer depicts the couple as “two poisonous rats” aiming to “destroy the Monarchy.”
In the United States, several panelists on ABC’s “The View” voiced displeasure with the project, with co-hosts Ana Navarro and Joy Behar saying they were weary of watching the two play the victim card over their treatment inside the Royal Family.
During the show, Behar asked the question, “Do we really care?”
In their series, the couple “come off like such whiny b******,” according to radio host Howard Stern.