Prince Charles doesn’t respond to question about Oprah interview
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Prince Charles, 72, has been dealt a blow to his popularity in the wake of Meghan Markle, 39, and Prince Harry’s, 36, interview with Oprah Winfrey. During the sitdown, Harry said he felt “let down” by his father and claimed Charles “ignored his calls” in the lead-up to Megxit.
According to a new YouGov poll, the future king was the only working member of The Firm to suffer a fall in his popularity following Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah aired in the UK on March 8.
The YouGov study found two in five people (42 percent) now have a negative opinion of Prince Charles – up from 36 percent on March 2.
Meanwhile, the number who view him favourably has dropped from 57 percent to 49 percent.
Harry told Oprah Charles “stopped taking my calls” in the lead up to Megxit but later in the revealed they were now on speaking terms.
Asked by Oprah if Charles was now taking his calls, Harry said: Yeah. Yeah, he is. There’s a lot to work through there, you know?
“I feel really let down because he’s been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and this is …and Archie’s his grandson.
“And …but, at the same time, you know, I, of course, I will always . . . I will always love him, but there’s a lot of hurt that’s happened.”
During the interview, Harry also claimed his father cut him off financially in the immediate wake of Megxit.
Addressing Megxit, Harry said: “We didn’t have a plan. That was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford . . . afford security for us.”
Oprah interjected: “Wait. Hold . . . hold up. Wait a minute. Your family cut you off?”
To which Harry replied: “Yeah, in the first half, the first quarter of 2020.
“But I’ve got what my mum left me, and, without that, we would not have been able to do this.”
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However, sources close to Prince Charles have lept to defend the future king against Harry’s allegations.
A senior insider told the Evening Standard: “The Prince of Wales went out of his way to make sure his son and daughter in law were financially supported.”
But Charles is not the only one whose popularity has suffered following the interview, Meghan and Harry’s appeal with Britons has also undergone a huge dip in recent days.
The YouGov poll found Prince Harry’s net favourability at its lowest point ever (-3) and it is the first time attitudes have been more negative (48 percent) than positive (45 percent) towards him.
Meghan’s net favourability has also fallen to -27; six in ten have a negative opinion of her (58 percent).
The study found age to be a key dividing line in terms of how Britons view the Sussexes.
While the majority of 18 to 24-year-olds view the couple positively, most aged 65 and over have a negative opinion of them.
The Queen remains popular with Britons with four in five people liking her (80 percent) and just 14 percent having a negative opinion of her.
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are also very popular, with about three-quarters of Britons giving them favourable reviews.
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