More than a quarter of Britons say their opinion of Charles has improved since he became King


King Charles’ popularity has shot up among the British public since he became King, while Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are far behind the rest of the royals in approval, new polling shows.

Many Brits have been impressed with the new King since he ascended to the throne in September following the death of Elizabeth II.

Asked if their view on Charles had changed since he became King, 24 per cent of the public said they had a higher opinion of him than before. A poll also found that 58 per cent of Brits think he will be a good King. 

Overall, 48 per cent of the country have a positive view of King Charles, while 33 per cent have no opinion or aren’t sure and 13 per cent have an unfavourable view of him.  

The new poll by Redfield and Wilton also found Meghan and Harry were less popular with Brits than other members of the Royal Family.

When asked their view on the Hollywood actress, 37 per cent said their opinion was favourable or very unfavourable towards her, while 38 per cent had a positive view, with the rest having no opinion.

King Charles III has become more popular with the British public since taking over as monarch in September this year

King Charles III has become more popular with the British public since taking over as monarch in September this year 

The King has travelled all across the UK since the Queen's death and met thousands of people. Pictured: Charles in Aberdeen

The King has travelled all across the UK since the Queen’s death and met thousands of people. Pictured: Charles in Aberdeen 

The King and Queen Consort (pictured in Waitangi, New Zealand in 2019) will embark on the royals' biggest-ever tour over the next two years

The King and Queen Consort (pictured in Waitangi, New Zealand in 2019) will embark on the royals’ biggest-ever tour over the next two years 

The monarch even appeared on a special episode of The Repair shop as part of the BBC's centenary celebrations

The monarch even appeared on a special episode of The Repair shop as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations 

How do Brits rank the royals? – Exclusive poll  

A new poll found almost two thirds of Brits (58 per cent) think Charles III will be a good King, almost two months into his reign

Most, 59 per cent, have not changed their opinion of him since he came to the throne, but 24 per cent said they now like him more 

Overall, 48 per cent of people in the country have a positive view of him 

William and Catherine are hugely popular with the British public, with approval ratings of 70 and 72 per cent, respectively

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle fare slightly worse in the opinion rankings, with 53 per cent and 38 per cent of Brits saying they have a favourable view of them 

 

Source: Redfield and Wilton Strategies 

 

Husband Harry, who has just announced his controversial memoir will be released in January, fared slightly better, with a 53 per cent favourability rating.

The California-based couple were far behind Prince and Princess of Wales William and Kate, however. 

Princess Kate proved to be hugely popular, with 72 per cent of the British public saying they high opinion of her.

Likewise, 70 per cent of respondents said they had a favourable opinion of Prince William.

Harry and Meghan are in the limelight once again after the Prince announced his book ‘Spare’ would be released in January.

The couple are currently living in her $14 million mansion in the US having stepped back from royal duty.

Royal lawyers are said to be on standby for the ‘nuclear’ memoir amid fears it is ‘critical of everyone and everything’ and that reports of it being toned down are ‘overblown’. 

Billed as a work of ‘raw, unflinching honesty’, the controversial book’s title is a ‘loaded’ reference to his position as the younger brother of the heir to the throne.

Family members were not informed of the title before the announcement yesterday, while the Spanish language version is even more pointed, having been given the subtitle En La Sombra, or ‘in the shadow’.

An initial release date had been pencilled in for ‘late 2022’ to capitalise on the lucrative Christmas market, but the book will not be on the shelves until January 10 – said to be as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, and, it is rumoured, due to last-minute alterations requested by the Duke of Sussex.

Publisher Penguin Random House confirming the £28 book 'full of insight, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom' will be released on January 10. The title page shows Harry staring at the camera in a brown T-shirt and a black string necklace

Publisher Penguin Random House confirming the £28 book ‘full of insight, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom’ will be released on January 10. The title page shows Harry staring at the camera in a brown T-shirt and a black string necklace

Harry and Meghan, seen in Windsor last month, moved to California nearly three years ago

Royal commentators said the release of Harry’s book would be ‘unhelpful’ to King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort

It is understood that Harry, seen with Meghan in New York last year, was paid a $20million (£18.4m) advance for the autobiography as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8million

It is understood that Harry, seen with Meghan in New York last year, was paid a $20million (£18.4m) advance for the autobiography as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8million

Harry and Meghan returned to the UK twice this year for the Queen's Jubilee in June (pictured) and funeral in September

Harry and Meghan returned to the UK twice this year for the Queen’s Jubilee in June (pictured) and funeral in September 

Catherine and William, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are hugely popular with the public - the new poll shows approval ratings over of 70 per cent

Catherine and William, the Prince and Princess of Wales, are hugely popular with the public – the new poll shows approval ratings over of 70 per cent

The 'fab four' reunited in September following the death of the Queen when they greeted mourners outside Windsor Castle

The ‘fab four’ reunited in September following the death of the Queen when they greeted mourners outside Windsor Castle 

King Charles replaces Prince Harry as Captain General of the Royal Marines 

 By Rory Tingle 

The King has announced he will be the next Captain General of the Royal Marines – an honorary military role that had been stripped from the Duke of Sussex following Megxit.

Harry was said to be saddened when his prestigious title was removed by the Queen in 2020 after he and Meghan announced they would step down as working royals and move to California. 

There had been speculation about which member of the Royal Family would be given the role, with Princess Anne tipped for the position.

The Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain General by the Queen in December 2017, succeeding Prince Philip. Today’s announcement comes just a day after Harry unveiled his ‘provocative’ new memoir Spare – a ‘loaded’ reference to his position as the younger brother of the heir to the throne. 

In a personal message to the Royal Marines as they mark their 358th birthday today, the King said: ‘It is the greatest possible pleasure to assume the role of your Captain General. I am exceptionally proud to follow in the footsteps of so many members of my family over the last three-and-a-half centuries, all of whom held the role with a deep sense of admiration.

‘The Royal Marines have a distinguished and unparalleled history, both on land and at sea. I draw immense inspiration from your courage, determination, self-discipline and a remarkable capacity to endure in the most extreme environments.

‘I feel greatly honoured to become part of the Corps Family and very much look forward to meeting many of you in the near future. In the meantime, this comes with my heartfelt and special wishes for a very happy 358th birthday. Per Mare, Per Terram.’ 

 

The publishers of the delayed memoir have made it clear Harry will not shy away from sensitive subjects, such as the family’s decision to encourage him and his elder brother to walk behind their mother Diana’s coffin.

Meghan has also been courting controversy after she launched her ‘Archetypes’ podcast on Spotify.

One episode of the podcast with Paris Hilton sparked a backlash after she said she had been reduced to a ‘bimbo’ by appearing on Deal or No Deal before she was famous.

Meghan said on her show: ‘I ended up quitting the show. I was so much more than what was being objectified on the stage. I didn’t like feeling forced to be all looks and little substance.’ 

However, Lisa Gleave, another woman who worked on the show said the comments were unfair, adding that no one had made Meghan appear on the show.

She said: ‘For me it was a joy and a great career move. Most of the girls would say that.

‘I never looked at it as a show that objectified women. The cast and crew treated us very well. It was a professional set. For many of us, it was a stepping stone on our careers and we went on to greater things.’

While Lisa acknowledged the show ‘revolved around beautiful women’, they were ‘all smart and intelligent women and nobody treated us like bimbos’.

King Charles III has largely steered clear of controversy since taking the throne in September, and has visited every part of the UK over the last few weeks as he looks to strengthen the union and introduce himself to the country.

Crowds across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland greeted the King on their travels immediately after the Queen’s death and on other trips.  

Palace insiders have also said he is planning the Royal Family’s biggest-ever world tour, with both he and Queen Consort Camilla to visit dozens of countries all over the world.

Buckingham Palace is said to be considering trips to Australia and Canada ‘as soon as possible’. The King is also said to be enthusiastic to visit at least a dozen other nations where he is the monarch.

The King will travel to many Commonwealth countries over the next two years, including some Caribbean nations considering becoming republics in the near future.

Charles also met his second Prime Minister already in his short reign, having welcomed Rishi Sunak to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday where he invited him to form a government.

Meanwhile, William and Kate are set to step up in their royal duties after taking over as Prince and Princess of Wales.

Royal sources have said the King is planning a reformed monarchy which will see the two heading off on a number of royal trips around the world.

Around 38 per cent of people in the UK have a favourable view of Meghan, compared to 37 per cent who view her negatively

Around 38 per cent of people in the UK have a favourable view of Meghan, compared to 37 per cent who view her negatively 

Harry and Meghan sensationally quit life as working royals and moved to California nearly three years ago, before launching the Archewell Foundation and signing lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix

Harry and Meghan sensationally quit life as working royals and moved to California nearly three years ago, before launching the Archewell Foundation and signing lucrative deals with Spotify and Netflix

After you’ve seen the reality show AND bought the book – what else can brand Harry and Meghan offer? Experts warn the Sussexes risk becoming ‘boring’ – but there are still two more books to come as part of Prince’s ‘£18.4m’ deal 

By Rory Tingle and Jamie Phillips for MailOnline  

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are at risk of losing out on more lucrative media deals by being seen as ‘boring’, a public relations expert said today – as he warned the success of Harry’s controversial memoir would be crucial to their financial future.    

The Duke of Sussex‘s autobiography, which has the pointed title Spare, was unveiled yesterday. He was reportedly paid a £18.4million advance for the book as part of a three-title deal worth £36.8m. 

The book will be published on January 10, just weeks after Harry and Meghan’s equally controversial Netflix documentary – believed to be part of a £100m deal – is due to be aired.

Together with a £100m deal with Spotify, which includes Meghan’s Archetypes podcast, the agreements provide the couple with significant financial firepower. 

But this could be at risk in the future if the public begins to tire of their regular pronouncements, according to PR and marketing expert Mark Borkowski.  

‘The most important thing in the modern world is that they generate column inches and eyeballs – everything will come down to the success of the book and the deals with Netflix and Spotify,’ he told MailOnline. 

‘If they do well then they could still be attractive to media outlets looking for subscribers. Given they’re no longer connected to the Royal Family with the exposure that brings they need to create their own energy. The danger is they become boring.’

The Duke of Sussex's autobiography, which has the pointed title Spare, was unveiled yesterday. It is just one of a series of commercial ventures the couple have engaged in

The Duke of Sussex’s autobiography, which has the pointed title Spare, was unveiled yesterday. It is just one of a series of commercial ventures the couple have engaged in 

Mr Borkowski said the couple’s expensive lifestyle – which revolves around their £11million Montecito mansion – could see them partner with a Silicon Valley tech firm such as Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta. 

The firm’s share price recently plummeted amid concerns Mr Zuckerberg’s multi-billion dollar investment in the idea of the ‘metaverse’ – a series of virtual worlds where users can engage with each other in virtual reality – would fail to pay off. 

‘There’s a bit of a downturn in tech at the moment but I’d expect that as the dust settles we could see them sign another deal in that industry,’ Mr Borkowski said. 

‘Meta are facing huge problems so who better to generate a conversation around their idea of the metaverse than Harry and Meghan? They could be promoting it or creating their own virtual world themselves.’ 

Frank Fitzgerald, of metaverse platform pax.world, said ‘metaverse’ was a ‘catch-all term for virtual worlds where people can do business, enjoy cultural experiences, play games and connect socially as avatars’.

He said the technology could enable the Sussexes to ‘connect personally with a global audience at the click of a button’.

Meanwhile, brand expert Nick Ede predicted Spare would open up new commercial opportunities for Harry and Meghan. 

‘I think the next step for Harry will be the very lucrative public speaking circuit,’ he told MailOnline. ‘Harry will read extracts from his book at events around the world with a Q&A. 

‘I also think he will make a lot of money through an exclusive sit down interview with a journalist to promote the book. These kinds of sit downs can command in the six to seven figures and I’m sure they’ll be a bidding war.

‘And with the book being so explosive he could even look to sell the film rights to it. Again that would be highly lucrative.’     

Publisher Penguin Random House confirming the £28 book 'full of insight, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom' will be released on January 10. The title page shows Harry staring at the camera in a brown T-shirt and a black string necklace

Publisher Penguin Random House confirming the £28 book ‘full of insight, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom’ will be released on January 10. The title page shows Harry staring at the camera in a brown T-shirt and a black string necklace

Spare, which is available to pre-order, will cost £28 hardcover, £13.99 as an eBook, £20 as an audio download and £25 as a CD. It will be released simultaneously in the US, UK and Canada, with 15 foreign language editions, including one in Spanish entitled Spare: En La Sombra (Spare: In The Shadow)

Spare, which is available to pre-order, will cost £28 hardcover, £13.99 as an eBook, £20 as an audio download and £25 as a CD. It will be released simultaneously in the US, UK and Canada, with 15 foreign language editions, including one in Spanish entitled Spare: En La Sombra (Spare: In The Shadow)

The Royal Family’s lawyers remain on standby for Prince Harry’s ‘nuclear’ memoir, amid fears it is ‘critical of everyone and everything’ and that reports of it being toned down are ‘overblown’.

Billed as a work of ‘raw, unflinching honesty’, the controversial book will be eye-catchingly called Spare – a ‘loaded’ reference to his position as the younger brother of the heir to the throne.    

‘It could not come at a worse time’: Royal authors say delayed book will make King ‘nervous’ as he plans coronation 

King Charles will be ‘nervous’ after hearing Prince Harry‘s tell-all memoir is slated for release on January 10, royal experts said today – amid speculation the New Year publication date suggests the royal has succeeded in his bid to water down its content. 

The memoir had initially been signed off ready for an expected autumn release as part of a multi-million pound, three-title deal with Penguin Random House. But its publication was delayed following the Queen‘s death, and Harry is said to have requested a number of alterations to make it less critical of the Royal Family

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams warned the book’s release would be ‘unhelpful’ to King Charles and Camilla, the Queen Consort. ‘It was never a good idea for Harry, fifth in line to the throne, a Counsellor of State and only 38, to write a memoir which by its nature would be highly controversial,’ he told MailOnline. 

‘All of this will almost certainly be unhelpful to King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla, in the early months of his reign. It may well widen the rift between the royal family’s and the Sussexes in the pivotal period leading to King Charles’s coronation. ‘

Biographer Tom Bower suggested commercial imperatives would ensure the final manuscript still contains plenty of criticism of the Royal Family. ‘To those who have speculated that Harry wanted to dilute his ghost-written text to remove the most offensive descriptions of Charles, William and Kate, one can only surmise that his book can only be a global commercial success if a healthy dollop of poison remains,’ he said. 

Family members were not informed of the Spare title in advance of the announcement yesterday, while the Spanish language version is even more pointed, having been given the subtitle En La Sombra, or ‘in the shadow’.

An initial release date of had been pencilled in for ‘late 2022’ to capitalise on the lucrative Christmas market, but the book will not be on the shelves until January 10 – said to be as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, and, it is rumoured, due to last-minute alterations requested by the duke.  

Meghan’s biographer Tom Bower suggested the couple’s Netflix series would create useful publicity for the memoir. 

‘The curtain raiser to the Sussexes’ vengeance will be their Netflix series – a lucrative trailblazer to the book, clearly updated to describe their unexpected lengthy stay in London during the Queen’s funeral,’ he told MailOnline. 

‘Viewers and readers can expect scathing comments about their treatment by Harry’s family. Wallowing in self-pity, the Sussexes will portray themselves as victims of uncaring charlatans.’

Spare’s title page shows Harry staring sternly at the camera in a brown T-shirt and a black string necklace. An unabridged audiobook will be read by the prince himself. 

The 416-page autobiography – which some retailers have cut to half-price for pre-order copies – was expected to hit bookshelves this autumn but there has been speculation that the date was pushed back as a mark of respect following the death of the Queen, and, it is rumoured, to make changes to the publication and remove potentially damaging material. 

However, it appears the tone of the book has darkened since it was first announced in July last year. While the memoir was then-described as an ‘inspiring, courageous, and uplifting human story’, today’s promotion calls it a ‘personal journey from trauma to healing’. 

Royal author Richard Fitzwilliams suggested the Royal Family would be ‘very concerned’ by how the book was being promoted. 

‘It is a sensational title and implies that the writer was not valued or certainly that he did not feel at the centre of events,’ he told MailOnline. ‘When the blurb speaks of ”raw, unflinching honesty” the Palace will be very concerned, especially since these are the early months of King Charles’s reign.

‘There will undoubtedly be interviews, serialisation and endless speculation about this memoir, which in my view should have waited many years. Even Edward VIII, by then the Duke of Windsor, waited until 1951 before A King’s Story was published. The consequences of this will be far-reaching and may be highly destructive.’ 

The Royal Family has not been given a chance to see the manuscript before publication, so will be unable to respond to any of its claims through their lawyers.    

William and Kate visit Sandringham to look at tributes and flowers laid for the late Queen last month

William and Kate visit Sandringham to look at tributes and flowers laid for the late Queen last month

The publication date was announced in a press release yesterday, which referred to Harry as a ‘husband, father, humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate and environmentalist’ who ‘resides in Santa Barbara, California, with his family and three dogs’. 

‘Spare takes readers immediately back to one of the most searing images of the Twentieth Century: two young boys, two princes, walking behind their mother’s coffin as the world watched in sorrow — and horror,’ the release said. 

‘As Diana, Princess of Wales, was laid to rest, billions wondered what the princes must be thinking and feeling—and how their lives would play out from that point on. For Harry, this is his story at last. With its raw, unflinching honesty, Spare is a landmark publication full of insight, revelation, self-examination, and hard-won wisdom about the eternal power of love over grief.’

The memoir, which is available to pre-order, will cost £28 hardcover, £13.99 as an eBook, £20 as an audio download and £25 as a CD. It will be available in English in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa and Canada, while the book will also be published in 15 additional languages, including Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese. Representatives for the King and Kensington Palace have declined to comment. 

Publisher Penguin Random House has said the duke had donated $1.5million (£1.3million) to children’s charity Sentebale and £300,000 to WellChild, a charity for disabled children for which he serves as patron. 

Announcing the global publishing deal this year, Penguin Random House described the memoir as 'intimate and heartfelt'

Announcing the global publishing deal this year, Penguin Random House described the memoir as ‘intimate and heartfelt’

 



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