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Prince Harry has 'done more damage to the British Royal Family' than Prince Andrew, says new poll

Rachel Lang

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Prince Harry has 'done more damage to the British Royal Family' than Prince Andrew, says new poll

The British public believes Prince Harry has done more damage to the monarchy than Prince Andrew.

According to a new survey conducted by Deltapoll, 42 per cent of Britons believe the Duke of Sussex has caused the most harm to the Royal Family.

Comparatively, 41 per cent of those surveyed believed the Duke of York had created more issues for the Crown's reputation.

Harry and Meghan. Credit:  Andrew Lloyd / Alamy
Harry and Meghan. Credit: Andrew Lloyd / Alamy
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Deltapoll interviewed 1,059 adults between January 12 to 16 this year, with the data weighted to represent the entire British public.

For the record, Prince Harry's tell-all memoir Spare was released on January 10.

The self-exiled Prince was most unpopular with older demographics, with disdain for the former working royal jumping up to 56 per cent for over-65s and to 57 per cent for those aged 55-64.

Ouch.

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Prince Andrew was considered the Monarchy's biggest shame for 32 per cent of over-65s and 27 per cent for the 55-64 age bracket.

But, in a sort-of silver lining moment for Prince Harry, Prince Andrew was less favoured by younger generations.

Prince Andrew with late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Doug Peters/Alamy Stock Photo
Prince Andrew with late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Credit: Doug Peters/Alamy Stock Photo

Half of the participants aged 35-54 believe Andrew has caused more damage to the Royal Family, while his nephew came in at just 35 per cent.

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It was similar for the 18-24-year-old age category, with 38 per cent voting for Prince Andrew as the biggest royal regret.

A mere 22 per cent dumped the same shame on Prince Harry.

Prince Andrew caused one of the biggest Royal scandals in history when he was linked to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

He was accused of having sexually abused a woman named Virginia Giuffre, however he's maintained his innocence.

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Despite this, the Duke of York paid Giuffre an alleged £12 million to dismiss a civil lawsuit against him.

He's denied ever meeting Virginia, who was sex trafficked by Epstein.

Prince Andrew with Virginia Giuffre centre and Ghislaine Maxwell. Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Prince Andrew with Virginia Giuffre centre and Ghislaine Maxwell. Credit: Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Prince Harry addressed his uncle in his memoir Spare when discussing the removal of his security after he and his wife, Meghan Markle, stepped down as senior royals in 2020.

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The Duke of Sussex wrote: "Despite being involved in an embarrassing scandal, accused of having sexually abused a young woman, nobody had suggested removing his security.

"People may have a lot of grievances towards us, but sexual offences weren't one of them."

The Deltapoll is the second survey in one month that has pointed to Prince Harry's plummeting popularity with the public.

A YouGov survey taken between January 5-6 reveals Prince Harry's net favourability now sits at -38 per cent.

He had an all-time high rating of +70 per cent in 2017, according to the Daily Mail, however that has dropped significantly over the years.

More than 1,600 people were involved in the poll and almost two-thirds said they hold a generally negative view of the Duke of Sussex.

Prince Harry was approached for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Paul Melling / Alamy. Ian Hinchliffe / Alamy.

Topics: News, Prince Harry, Royal Family, UK News

Rachel Lang
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