Meghan and Harry see tide turn as couple experience popularity surge

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry have seen their popularity among Americans surge, a new poll has shown. The Duke and Duchess experienced a dip in their support across the pond after they levelled a series of new bombshell allegations against the Royal Family in their Netflix documentary and Harry’s memoir, Spare. A poll by Redfield & Wilton has now shown support for the couple is on the up as the couple finally confirmed their plan for the King’s Coronation.

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The survey of 1,500 US registered voters conducted on April 4 showed 39 percent of respondents had a favourable view of the Duke of Sussex while 31 percent held a negative view of the royal.

The change marked an 18-point increase in his popularity rate, bringing his net support to +8 compared to polling figures earlier in the year putting him at -7.

Meghan also saw her ratings improve, with 33 percent of respondents against 39 percent holding the Duchess of Sussex in a favourable view.

While her net approval remains in the negative at -6, the April 4 poll marks an improvement of 11 points compared to a similar Newsweek poll conducted in February.

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However, she still has a long way to go before she returns to the +33 approval rating she enjoyed ahead of the release of Harry & Meghan on Netflix in December.

The poll’s release comes as Buckingham Palace confirmed Harry will be returning to the UK to attend King Charles III’s Coronation on May 6.

The Palace said in a statement the Duke of Sussex will attend the ceremony but the Duchess will remain in California with their children.

Prince Archie Harrison will be turning four on the same day of the Coronation.

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Daily Express’s Royal RoundUp host Pandora Forsyth suggested Archie’s birthday on the same day could have played a role in influencing Harry and Meghan’s decision on travelling to the UK.

She said: “It’s Archie’s birthday, they said they want to put their children first on different occasions in regard to different things, not so much the Coronation.

“But I can imagine that’s why Meghan wants to stay home, it’s Archie’s birthday.

“Obviously, that’s not been confirmed but this couple do divide people whatever you say about them, I don’t think they can really do right from wrong.”

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Royal editor Chris Ship reacted to the announcement on Twitter, conceding the news was a “big development” after weeks of speculation on whether the couple would attend.

He wrote: “Given everything that been said/alleged (in 6 Netflix episodes and 1 book) – this is a big development.

“But Harry coming alone does mean less pressure on the Royal Family (and fewer of those awkward photographs together).”

Harry’s return will mark the first time the Duke of Sussex is reunited with his family since the release of Spare.

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