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Meghan and Harry interview: Support for Sussexes or Royal Family split along age lines, poll finds

Written by on 9 March 2021

The UK public is split along age and political lines over who they back in the rift between the Sussexes and the Royal Family, a poll has found.

Members of the public were asked by YouGov who they sympathised with more following the revelations that emerged in Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey.

On the whole 36% of people said they sympathised more with the Queen and the Royal Family, while 22% said they sympathised more with Harry and Meghan.

However, when the respondents are broken down into ages it shows 48% of 18 to 24-year-olds sympathised more with the Sussexes, while only 9% of over-65s sided with the couple.

The survey found 55% of over-65s sided with the Royal Family compared to 15% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

Out of the 25 to 49-year-olds, 24% had more sympathy for the Royal Family while 28% sided with the Sussexes.

Out of the 50 to 64-year-olds, 46% sided with the Royal Family while 13% sided with the Sussexes.

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The number of people who had no allegiance was more evenly spread – as 21% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they sympathised with neither compared to 25% of over-65s.

It was also found that 7% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they sympathised with both compared to 8% of over-65s.

The results also found how opinion was split depending on political allegiances.

While 64% of Conservative voters said they sympathised with the Queen, just 8% sympathised with Harry and Meghan.

In comparison, 15% of Labour voters sympathised with the Royal Family compared to 38% who sympathised with Harry and Meghan.

YouGov spoke to 4,656 people for the survey.

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No reply as Prince is asked about interview

The respondents were asked whether, based on what they had read or heard, they felt the Sussexes had been unfairly treated by the Royal Family.

The results show 50% of over-65s felt the Sussexes have been treated fairly compared to 13% of 18 to 24-year-olds.

It was found that 61% of 18 to 24-year-olds felt the couple had been treated unfairly compared to 15% of over-65s.

Meanwhile 57% of Conservative voters thought the couple had been treated fairly, while 15% felt they had been treated unfairly.

Among Labour voters, 13% felt Harry and Meghan been treated fairly compared to 50% who felt they had been treated unfairly.

YouGov also asked people whether they felt being a member of the Royal Family was more of a privilege or a burden.

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Meghan told Oprah there were ‘several conversations’ about her son Archie’s skin tone but did not reveal who was involved in the talks, saying it ‘would be very damaging to them’.

Among 18 to 24-year-olds, 23% felt it was more of a privilege while 26% felt it was more of a burden.

Among the over-65s, 29% felt it was more of a privilege compared to 19% who felt it was more of a burden.

Most Conservative voters felt it was both – with 42% saying it was both a privilege and burden.

Among Conservative voters, 34% said it was more of a privilege while 19% said it was more of a burden.

Among Labour voters, 26% said it was more of a privilege while 27% said it was more of a burden.

35% felt it was both a privilege and a burden.

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