Meghan defended after comparisons to Prince Andrew as popularity drops

Meghan Markle "couldn't be more different" from Prince Andrew despite the duchess failing to impress Brits in a popularity poll, a royal journalist has claimed.

Emma Mackenzie slammed the "shocking" comparison after a YouGov poll revealed adoration for the Sussexes is at an all-time low.

According to the poll, which was launched ahead of Platinum Jubilee weekend, just one in three people viewed Prince Harry positively.

While Meghan scored just 23 per cent, with almost two-thirds of participants holding her in a negative light, reports Express.

However, Prince Andrew trailed in last place as the least-liked Royal Family member, with a tiny five per cent of the public seeing the Duke of York in a favourable light.

An overwhelming 85 per cent of respondents had a negative impression of the 62-year-old.

The results of the poll, however, are the only “major similarity” between the Duke of York and the Duchess of Sussex, Ms Mackenzie said.

She wrote in The Independent: “This lack of popularity in itself is enough for many to draw comparisons between the two.

“In reality, they couldn’t be more different.”

She added: “That Meghan ranks second only to Andrew in the popularity polls is somewhat shocking.”

Ms Mackenzie contrasted Meghan’s upbringing with that of Prince Andrew, two childhoods that “couldn’t have less in common”.

She continued: “One married into the Royal Family and the other has never known life outside of it.

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“Meghan spent decades forging her own way and identity.

“Andrew, on the other hand, had his path laid out for him from birth, and as the second son of the Queen, a public identity established he always knew he would be required to fulfil.”

She wrote that the only legitimate comparison between the two royals would be the two high-profile televised interviews starring Prince Andrew and Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex appeared in a bombshell interview alongside her husband with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey back in 2021, which “is perhaps the only tangible thing they share with Prince Andrew."

In 2019, the Duke was interviewed by Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis on his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

But “Meghan’s admission of severe mental health struggles”, with both the backlash to an outpouring of support for such a confession, “proved she is nothing if not a divisive figure”.

Both the Duke of York and the Duchess of Sussex have been stripped of their HRH titles, meaning neither royal appeared at some significant moments of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

However, a palace spokesperson confirmed at the beginning of the Jubilee weekend that Prince Andrew had tested positive for coronavirus.

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