Royals’ favourability remains largely consistent following King’s cancer revelations

Matthew SmithHead of Data Journalism
February 08, 2024, 12:08 PM GMT+0

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With the news that King Charles is suffering from an unspecified form of cancer, the latest YouGov royal favourability survey shows that attitudes have remained consistent to royal figures since mid-January.

Two thirds of Britons (66%) say they have a positive view of King Charles, from 63% three weeks ago. At the same time, the proportion of people with a negative view of the King has fallen fractionally from 29% to 26%.

Prince William continues to be the most popular member of the royal family, at 77% - again, largely the same as January’s score of 74%.

By contrast, brother Harry remains generally disliked, with only 33% having a positive view of the Duke of Sussex – 58% say they have a negative view.

As ever, the generations differ on Prince Harry (as well as wife Meghan), with young Britons tending to like him, while older Britons have a strongly negative view of him.

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See the full results here