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Prince Harry humiliated as Americans do NOT even recognise Duke: ‘Who is that? No idea!’

Prince Harry 'haunted' by Megxit decision says commentator

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Harry moved to California with wife Meghan Markle and their one-year-old son Archie last March after they announced they were quitting as senior royals. Over the last year, the couple have settled into new independent roles away from the Royal Family as they signed multimillion-pound deals with Netflix and Spotify. Later this week, an “intimate” interview with talk show host Oprah will be aired on CBS, which is likely to divulge snippets of what has been going on behind closed doors in the months after Megxit.

But despite the former royal couple quickly establishing themselves among their Hollywood neighbours, which includes Oprah, it appears the US public may not as enthusiastic in their welcome just yet.

The Mail on Sunday asked people in different small communities across the US to identify Harry from a recent photograph.

In the city of Taft, in California, 23-year-old Annalise Wills responded: “Who is that? I’ve no idea.”

Former teacher George Peabody, 74, added: “I think I saw him on a ‘Wanted’ poster at the post office. Or is he one of Donald Trump’s kids?”

Victoria Pirpour, 29, also struggled to place the Duke.

He said: “No idea. I think he’s a basketball player, but I’ve no idea what team he’s on.”

Glenda Bonds, 56, also missed the boat as she said: “He’s an actor. I don’t know his name, but I’ve seen a lot of movies, and I know I’ve seen him.”

There appeared to be a glimmer of hope as Phillip Johnson, 82, asked: “He looks familiar – is he a TV anchor? I watch Fox News all the time, I think he’s one of them.”

Over in London, Ohio, Mike Michael, 65, owner of the London Coffee Peddler, said: “He’s not been in my shop that I know of.

“If you’re not buying my coffee or bringing in a bike to fix, I tend not to care.”

Paige Gammell, 21, at the Vallery Farmhouse Bakery, added: “Is he the King or something? Or Prince Charles? Or Henry?”

And in Delray Beach. Florida, barista Raymond Staton, 22, studied the picture for a while before he said: “My brain says, that’s an actor – I’m thinking Chris Pratt’, I’m not sure why.”

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When he was told Harry was married to Meghan Markle, he added: “Sorry, he’s not on my radar at all.”

Raymond Berkeley, 53, said next: “He’s familiar to me, he’s on the TV, I think.

“He’s married, divorced? I don’t know. Wait, he’s married – to a tennis player, actress or singer? I’m not sure.”

In Princeton, a small town in northern Texas, barber Alex Vargas, was closest.

The 32-year-old said: “I don’t know but it’s a Prince, from Europe.”

Harry’s appearance on fellow Briton James Corden’s US talk show The Late Late Show last week did not seem to boost his image dramatically, despite him talking about the Queen.

The Duke said his grandparents, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, know how to make online video calls – but Philip has a rather abrupt way of ending them.

He said: “We have Zoomed them a few times – they have seen Archie running around.

“But my grandfather, instead of pressing leave meeting, he just goes…” and Harry gestured as if slamming shut a laptop, and laughed as he said: “OK, bye.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were stripped of the royal patronages given to them by the Queen earlier this month.

But the couple said they were still “committed to their duty” to serve the UK and other Commonwealth nations.

A spokesperson for Harry and Meghan said: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.

“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

Meghan and Harry also hit the headlines in February when they announced are expecting their second child.

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