Prince William is facing a significant dip in popularity in the UK after his brother, Prince Harry, shared some unflattering revelations about the heir apparent in his new memoir, Reserve.
The Prince of Wales’s popularity with the British public has plummeted since the book was published last week, according to polls conducted by Ipsos and shared by The Telegraph.
According to The Telegraph, William’s ratings have fallen by eight percentage points, making his current rating one of the lowest ever for the prince.
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In his memoir, Harry recalls a physical attack by William in 2020 when the two were arguing over Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle.
Harry claims William slammed him to the floor of his Kensington Palace home after calling Markle “difficult”, “abrasive” and “rude”.
The confrontation escalated until William “grabbed me by the collar, ripped my chain, and … slammed me to the ground,” the book reads.
Elsewhere in the book, he describes the sibling rivalry between the couple and his feelings of resentment towards his brother.
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Despite the drop in ratings, Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, remain the most popular senior members of the royal family in the UK, the Ipsos survey found, with ratings of 61 percent and 60 percent respectively. Nearly 70 percent think William will make a good king.
However, the same cannot be said across the pond, where the American public seems more sympathetic to Harry and Markle’s plight.
Additional polls released by Ipsos on Thursday showed a quarter of Americans chose Harry as their favorite royal and those who love the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are more in favor of abolishing the monarchy.
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Without letting respondents choose between members, nearly the same number of Americans have a positive opinion of Prince Harry and Prince William (41 and 40 percent, respectively), and more Americans had a more positive opinion of Middleton (47 percent) than Markle (35 percent)
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Reserve has flown off the shelves since its publication, breaking records worldwide. It sold 1.4 million English-language copies on its first day of publication and is now the best-selling memoir in the UK in its first week of sales.
Guinness World Records has confirmed that it is the fastest-selling non-fiction book and the sixth fastest-selling book ever.
Harry has said he had enough material for two memoirs, but held back because he didn’t think his father and brother would ‘ever forgive’ him.
In an interview with the Telegraph over the weekend, he also said the release of his memoirs was not an attempt “to collapse the monarchy. This is about trying to save them from themselves.
“And I know that I will be crucified by countless people for saying so,” he said.
“It could have been two books, so to speak,” Harry said in the interview. “But some things happened, especially between me and my brother, and to some extent between me and my father, that I just don’t want the world to know about. Because I don’t think they would ever forgive me.”
Harry also said in the interview that he was concerned about William’s kids, saying he felt “a responsibility knowing that out of those three kids, at least one will end up like me, the spare.” And that hurts, that worries me.”
He said he felt this way despite William making it clear to him that “his children are not my responsibility.”
Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace have not commented on Harry’s book or his series of media interviews to publicize it, and are widely expected never to.
— With files from The Associated Press
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