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Prince Harry suffers huge US backlash – ‘If you don’t like it here, head back to Britain!’

Prince Harry popularity polls 'plummeting' says commentator

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Prince Harry has been hit with a wave of backlash following a series of controversial interviews with American media. Following his bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview alongside Meghan Markle, Harry saw a drop in support among both American and British people. In the wake of more recent interventions, Harry has seen his “popularity go right down” in both the UK and the US.

Charlie Rae, former royal editor at the Sun, told talkRADIO this morning: “This guy was a hero in Britain and now he is the zero, I’m afraid.

“His popularity has gone right down. There was a poll the other night which showed 54 percent of people just wished he would shut up.”

Radio host Kevin O’Sullivan responded: “The popularity polls for him and Meghan on both sides of the Atlantic are plummeting.

“He made the serious mistake a couple weeks back of questioning America’s sacred First Amendment, which is about freedom of speech.

“Americans do not take kindly to interlopers who turn up in their country and criticise it.”

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Mr Rae added: “He has faced an awful lot of criticism within America.

“He made a big mistake in criticising the First Amendment.

“There has been an awful lot of traffic on social media from Americans saying ‘if you don’t like it here, head off back’.”

Mr Rae cited a new poll for Newsweek which showed more than half of Britons want to hear less from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

A total of 54 percent said they would prefer to hear less about the couple compared to 18 percent who wanted to hear more.

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This percentage rose among older people, with just 11 percent of the over-65s said they wanted to hear more from the Duke and Duchess while 71 percent wished to know less.

Around 39 percent said they disapprove of Prince Harry speaking publicly about his royal upbringing, compared to 36 percent who approve.

There has also been a significant backlash in the US, after Harry called the First Amendment “bonkers” during a podcast with Dax Shepard.


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Sean Hannity, who anchors the third biggest evening news show in the US, launched into a tirade, calling him a “right royal pain in the a**”.

Amber Athey, Washington editor of The Spectator US, told Good Morning Britain: “The UK is one of the top 10 exporters to the US – as an American, in the words of former president Donald Trump, you all are not sending your best. I would beg you, please take Prince Harry back.”

The View co-host Meghan McCain tweeted: “We fought a war in 1776 so we don’t have to care what you say or think. That being said, you have chosen to seek refuge from your homeland here and thrive because all of what our country has to offer and one of the biggest things is the 1st amendment – show some utter respect.”

In the wake of the Oprah Winfrey interview back in March, 44 percent of Americans did not have much sympathy for Harry and Meghan’s decision to leave the Royal Family, compared to 40 percent who did.

Negative opinions of the couple also jumped up in the US with Prince Harry’s unfavourable ratings rising nine points compared with a year ago (17 percent to 26 percent), while negative ratings of Meghan Markle rose ten points (23 percent to 33 percent), according to YouGov polling. 

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