Summing all poles, only one in three thought the interview was the right thing to do, this rose to half among 18 to 44-year-olds. And was asked if they genuinely believed Prince Harry and Meghan, or the Queen and Royal Family, 52 per cent of the younger people chose the Sussexes.
Among those aged 45 and above, 50 per cent said the Queen and her family were more to be believed. Across all ages, once the ‘don’t knows’ were taken into account, more believed the Queen.
All ages agreed that both sides should now solve their problems instead of fighting. And the question of why Harry and Meghan moved to America, the largest proportion said ‘they wanted the perks of royal life but not the responsibilities’.
With the Duke of Edinburgh recovering from heart surgery in hospital, a majority (54 per cent) said the couple had chosen ‘the wrong time’ to do the interview.
The public did not support the Sussexes’ claim they had received negative media coverage from their wedding day to their departure last year. It found 35 per cent said it was about right, with 8 per cent finding the coverage too favourable. Only 36 per cent found it unfavourable.
Asked to tick a selection of emotions, respondents’ most common feelings about the interview were disappointment (41 per cent) and anger (25 per cent).
The survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by pollsters JL Partners lays bare the damage caused by the bombshell interview.
The Queen last night said ‘recollections vary’ over past events following explosive claims made by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as she last night broke her silence on the couple’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview.
Amid the toxic race row, the Palace publicly addressed the couple’s allegations last night, with a statement issued on behalf of the monarch.
Responding to allegations about their treatment at the hands of senior royals, the Queen said that the family was ‘saddened’ to learn how ‘challenging’ life had been for the couple.
She admitted their claims about racism were ‘concerning’ and would be taken ‘very seriously’. And she promised to a launch a full – but private – household inquiry.
Her three-paragraph, 61-word statement issued at 5.30pm – after more 36 hours of highly-damaging conjecture following the bombshell Oprah interview – also made clear it would be her last word on the subject.
She now intends, says Buckingham Palace, to deal with the bitter family rift privately.
Below is the Royal Letter from Buckingham Palace;