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January 26, 2023
Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have been met with loud boos and a few cheers while attending their first royal event since quitting the monarchy two years ago.
A clip from the event showed that a small cheer initially greeted the exiled royal couple’s exit from St. Paul’s Cathedral, but it was quickly drowned out by a chorus of shouted boos.
Harry and Meghan held hands as they walked down the long central aisle accompanied by a military officer in a scarlet dress tunic.
In addition to the boos from the crowd, a palace insider noted that Harry and Meghan did not have any interaction with his brother Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton.
“At the moment, it does not look likely that Harry and Meghan and William and Kate will meet up separately during the Jubilee celebrations,” the source said. “There is certainly nothing in the diary at the moment.”
Their return this week was to celebrate that Platinum Jubilee but coming as their popularity has plunged to a record low, according to a new poll. Only one-third of Brits (32%) support the Duke of Sussex and less than a quarter (23%) hold a positive view of his wife, one survey by YouGov shows.
A separate survey by JL Partners echoed the unfavorable sentiment, finding that just 27% of British adults held a positive opinion of Harry, while only 22 percent supported Meghan. Meanwhile, the queen remains the most respected royal, with eight in 10 Brits supporting the 96-year-old monarch, according to the YouGov poll.
Sky News Royal Correspondent Rhiannon Mills, who was also at the scene, said: “We were debating how many boos, how many cheers but I think also when you compared it to later arrivals there was a mixed reaction to them.”
Mills added, “Despite the fact they have stressed they have a huge amount of respect for the Queen, they are still in contact with her, the Queen has constantly stressed they are much loved members of the family, the assemble crowd clearly had mixed feelings about them being here.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: CNN