Prince Harry 'will be careful with memoir' says Scobie
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A new YouGov poll found that the Duke of Sussex’s popularity in the UK is at the lowest it has ever been. Just 34 percent of respondents held positive opinions of the prince in August, compared to 43 percent in April. He is among the least popular members of the Royal Family, although Prince Andrew was way below with just six percent of respondents stating they hold him in high regard.
It doesn’t get much better for Meghan Markle either ‒ her approval ratings dropped down to 26 percent, from 29 in April.
The poll surveyed 1,667 adults from a range of political backgrounds and leanings.
YouGov noted the Sussexes have seen their ratings fall since the Oprah Winfrey interview in March, “as well as poor responses to their statements surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and the [US] withdrawal from Afghanistan”.
Harry and Meghan, of course, quit senior royal duties last year to pursue their own respective career interests.
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Harry has always had a difficult relationship with the media, which was inevitably shaped by the way his mother, the Princess of Wales, was treated after she separated from Prince Charles and the circumstances around her death.
Angela Levin is the author of ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’.
After more than a year covering Harry’s royal duties in 2016 and 2017, Ms Levin took the chance to sit down with the prince.
He stressed early on how he “longed to be something other than Prince Harry”.
Ms Levin suggested that this could perhaps contribute towards why he may “sometimes seem uncomfortable in his own skin”.
Harry told her he wants to be “ordinary”, something which has been very clear for years.
Ms Levin explained, however, that Harry can never truly be “ordinary”.
Writing in an updated copy of her book in 2019, before Harry and Meghan quit the Firm, she said: “His ‘ordinariness’ can only be a feature while he has access to several palaces, is ferried around in limousines with blackened windows accompanied by outriders, and uses his incredible contacts to get what he wants.
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“The top people he knows cover a wide cross-section and many do somersaults to ensure his wishes come true.”
The Sussexes now live in an £11m mansion in Meghan’s native California.
The Duke has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, ridding himself of the party boy reputation he had in his youth
In a separate interview with Ms Levin for Newsweek in 2017, Harry said he “pulled his head out of the sand”.
He admitted he sometimes feels like he is “living in a goldfish bowl” but manages it much better.
He stressed the role his mother played in showing him an “ordinary” life, taking him and William to homeless shelters, McDonald’s and the high street.
However, Ms Levin wrote the public do not want Harry to be ordinary.
She explained: “Nearly everyone he met during the time I followed him on his royal duties, especially if they were under thirty, were in awe that ‘an actual prince’ had come to see them.”
Ms Levin noted Harry’s “far from ordinary” ability to connect with people, and his seamless capacity to ask intimate questions about the state of mind of people he had first met just moments before.
Harry spoke of how being royal is far from all it is cracked up to be: “Is there any one of the Royal Family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”
It should be noted that this interview took place before the Sussexes stepped down from senior royal duties.
The prince added: “If you’re born into it as we were, I think it’s normal to feel as though you don’t really want it.”
Angela Levin’s book, ‘Harry: Conversations with the Prince’, was published in 2018 by John Blake. It is available to buy here.
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