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Harry is most popular UK royal, but world not bothered by wedding-poll

Survey found 29% felt favourably about Markle, compared with 10% who did not, although more than 60% had no opinion or did not know

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People wearing face masks of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for a photograph outside Windsor Castle in Windsor, England, Monday, May 14, 2018.
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London: Prince Harry, who weds his US fiancee Meghan Markle on Saturday, is the most liked British royal across the world along with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth, a new poll has suggested.

The Ipsos MORI survey, which was carried out in 28 countries, found the British royals were generally viewed well, with on average 35 per cent holding a favourable view compared with 11 per cent with an unfavourable one.

However, about half were either neutral or did not know, and the indifference was reflected in the numbers interested in Harry’s wedding at Windsor Castle on Saturday. While about one in four of those questioned were fairly interested in news about the upcoming ceremony, 67 per cent were not.

The royals were most popular in Romania, Saudi Arabia, India and the United States and viewed most negatively in Spain and Argentina.

The poll found Harry, 33, and the 92-year-old queen were the most liked of the Windsors, with the prince the favourite among Britons.

They were followed by the prince’s elder brother William and his wife Kate, who was the most liked in the United States, while Harry’s father, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, had the lowest favourability score.

The survey found 29 per cent felt favourably about Markle, compared with 10 per cent who did not, although more than 60 per cent had no opinion or did not know.

“The royal family’s international reputation is bolstered by the popularity of both the queen and members of the younger generation, which gives it a solid foundation for the future, and reflects the growing profile they have around the world,” said Gideon Skinner from Ipsos MORI.

The pollster said it has questioned 20,793 people aged under 65 across 28 countries for the survey.

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