Harry and Meghan saga
The American viewpoint

48%

of Americans think Harry and Meghan’s interview will boost their image, while 50% of Britons think it will hurt them

58%

of Americans believe Harry and Meghan can choose to be different, while 40% of Britons believe they failed in their duties

64%

of Americans and 58% of Britons think it’s time for the UK to stop obsessing over the royal family

Last month’s announcement by Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to step back permanently from royal duties was followed by two back-to-back high-profile interviews where they spoke about life after marriage and the reasons for their exit. This report delves into people’s thoughts and opinions about the ongoing royal feud and the tell-all interviews. 

Oprah Winfrey’s highly anticipated interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier this month had all the makings of a sensational exposé. Britons, however, may have received more than they bargained for, as the sit-down revealed shocking details about family fights, racism, money, suicidal thoughts, and other goings-on behind palace walls. The couple, who stepped back as senior royals early last year following a tumultuous time in the UK, wanted the world to finally hear their side of the story. While Britons watched with shock and disbelief, the reactions in the US, where the self-exiled royals now reside, were just as startling. Besides, the interview and the subsequent media reactions also underlined the cultural divide between the two countries. One year into the royal drama and following the latest revelations, how differently do Americans view the developments that have rocked the age-old monarchy? Piplsay compared the reactions of 30,332 and 12,037 people in the US and the UK to get some insights. Here is a summary of what we found:

Other Insights

  • 56% of men in the US believe Britons were justified in their expectations from Harry and Meghan Markel as compared to 44% of women
  • 60% of American Millennials think the Palace was right to take back the royal titles and patronages from Harry and Markel as compared to 40% of Gen Zers
  • 36% of American Millennials believe Harry and Meghan will benefit from their interview as compared to 33% of Gen Xers and 30% of Gen Zers

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US from March 19-21, and in the UK from March 7-9, 2021. We received 30,221, and 12,064 online responses respectively from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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