Meghan and Harry latest: Duchess of Sussex 'most popular UK royal in the world' ahead of the Queen and Kate

MEGHAN Markle has been named the popular UK royal in the world – beating the likes of the Queen and Kate Middleton to clinch the top spot. 

The former actress was crowned the top royal in a worldwide survey by OnBuy, with a popularity score of 14.5 per cent.

Hot on her heels was the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, who had a ranking of 14.4 per cent, and in third place was the Queen, 94, with a 14.3 per cent popularity score. 

While Meghan has made fewer public appearances this year, due to coronavirus and relocating to California with Archie and Prince Harry, it seems her Zoom speeches and heartfelt essays have proved a hit with the public. 

Meghan, 39, won over the public despite her and Prince Harry announcing they were stepping back as senior royals earlier this year.

In stark contrast Prince Harry’s popularity has plunged in the wake of ‘Megxit’.

Despite Prince Harry falling out of favour with the British public, he beat his brother to be crowned the fourth most popular UK royal in the OnBuy survey, with a ranking of 14.2 per cent. 

Follow our Meghan and Harry live blog below for the very latest news on the couple and the Royal Family

  • Patrick Knox

    HARRY'S LIBEL ACTION OVER MARINES STORY

    Prince Harry has launched a libel action against Associated Newspapers, the publisher of The Mail on Sunday, which his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, is also pursuing legal proceedings against (Nadia Brooks writes).

    The Duke of Sussex's case is believed to relate to a story published in October which alleged that he had failed to remain in contact with the Royal Marines after he formally stepped down from royal duties in March.

    Documents were lodged with the High Court by the couple's legal team, Schillings, on November 27.

  • Patrick Knox

    QUEEN FORMS ‘NEW FIRM’… WITHOUT PRINCE HARRY

    The group includes Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen.

    They were pictured together for the first time this week as they paid tribute to Britain’s heroes during the coronavirus pandemic.

    It was the Queen’s idea to get the new collective to gather on the steps of Windsor Castle, where she has been isolating.

    The group does not include Prince Harry, Meghan or Prince Andrew.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN & PRINCE HARRY'S POSH BISCUITS BEING FLOGGED AT TK MAXX

    Posh biscuits marking a trip by Prince Harry and Meghan to Royal Ascot are being flog­ged in bargain stores.

    The shortbread treats were originally available for £16 a tin at London’s Harrods and Selfridges.

    But they are now just £3.99 in budget chain TK Maxx.

    And those snapping up the bargain 250g tins need to scoff them quickly as they are out of date in February.

  • Rebecca Flood

    OWNER OF POSH CLUB PRINCE HARRY WAS A FAN OF IS ARRESTED

    The owner of a posh club used by Prince Harry was arrested for cocaine possession after cops raided an illegal celebrity party at his riverside pad.

    Fraser Carruthers, 37, was led away in handcuffs and cautioned when police found Class A drugs on him.

    He owns Chelsea-based club Raffles, and Prince Harry hang-out Mahiki in Kensington.

    Cops confirmed the drugs caution. Carruthers could face a £10,000 fine for the virus rules breach.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN'S TOPS CHRISTMAS TIPS REVEALED

    Meghan Markle has revealed the benefits of having a non-traditional Christmas and spending the festive season with friends instead of family.

    The Duchess, 39, suggested "keeping it simple and crisp" with the table laid with white crockery and a white table cloth.

    She added: "Holidays with your friends allows you to break the family traditions and avoid Aunt Julie's fruit cake!

    Have each of your friends bring a dish or cook together in the kitchen."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN LISTED HER JOB AS 'PRINCESS OF THE UK' ON ARCHIE'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

    On the official document Meghan's occupation is listed as “Princess of the United Kingdom” – which is the same occupation Kate Middleton listed on each of her children's birth certificates.

    The new mum's full name and title – “Rachel Meghan Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex” – was also used.

    Rachel is the Duchess' birth name, but she chose to go by middle name Meghan when she began working as an actress.

    Meanwhile the proud dad's full title – His Royal Highness Henry Charles Albert David Duke of Sussex – is listed alongside his occupation as Prince of the United Kingdom.

  • Rebecca Flood

    ARCHIE AND THE QUEEN'S SUCCESSION SIMILARITY

    As baby Archie is seventh in line to the throne, it is highly unlikely that Meghan Markle's son will become King.

    However, the latest addition to the Royal Family shares a surprising similarity to his great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II who held the same position in the line as succession when she was born.

    In 1936, the Royal Family was rocked by an abdication crisis after Edward VIII gave up his role as monarch to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson without having produced an heir of his own.

    After Edward stepped down, his younger brother the Duke of York – the Queen's father – inherited the throne and became King George VI in December 1936.

    This then paved the way for Queen Elizabeth II – who was originally seventh in the line of succession after her father's siblings – to eventually become the sovereign aged 25.

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN MARKLE NAMED MOST POPULAR UK ROYAL IN SURVEY

    Meghan Markle has been named the popular UK royal in the world – beating the likes of the Queen and Kate Middleton to clinch the top spot. 

    The former actress was crowned the top royal in a worldwide survey by OnBuy, with a popularity score of 14.5 per cent.

    Hot on her heels was the Duchess of Cambridge, 38, who had a ranking of 14.4 per cent, and in third place was the Queen, 94, with a 14.3 per cent popularity score. 

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN LOVES THIS MOTIVATIONAL BOOK

    According to The Sun's book editor Natasha Harding, the Duchess of Sussex loves The Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard.

    Meghan called this a “must-have for waking up your inner badass”.

    In short, The Motivation Manifesto reminds us that we’re capable of achieving anything. The only thing standing in our way is ourselves.

    Natasha says: “This book shows Meghan’s determined side, it’s like a call to arms, and full of motivational speak such as, 'we shall advance with abandon'."

  • Rebecca Flood

    MEGHAN ONCE 'COPYRIGHTED A QUOTE ABOUT FRECKLES'

    The former Suits actress, 39, then going by her first name Rachel, appears to have applied for copyright on the phrase “a face without freckles is night without stars”, according to the United States Copyright Office.

    The listing, registered on January 18, 1996, also states her full name, Rachel Meghan Markle, and her year of birth, 1981. The Duchess of Sussex would have been just 14 at the time.

    While another Meghan Markle may have applied for the copyright, a search found no other Rachel Meghan Markles were born in 1981.

    There is one other Meghan Markle but she has a different middle name.

  • Rebecca Flood

    ELLEN DEGENERES 'TO BE NEIGHBOURS WITH PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE'

    Ellen Degeneres is reportedly set to be neighbours with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

    The talk show host, 62, is believed to have snapped up a $49 million mansion in California's exclusive Montecito area.

    Ellen bought the sprawling estate from SNL alum Dennis Miller, 67, and his wife, former model, Carolyn Espley-Miller, 55, in late September, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    The deal reportedly makes the property one of the most expensive compounds sold in the Santa Barbara County area.

  • Rebecca Flood

    SNAPS OF MEGHAN & HARRY AMONG FRONTRUNNERS IN A PHOTOGRAPHER COMPETITON

    From one of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's last royal outings to an impressive knockout punch – there are the showstopping frontrunners for the 2021 British Photography Award.

    After entries were collected from 5,354 photographers professional and amateur alike, competition was tough.

    The competition accepts a broad range of photos from varying disciplines all over the world.

    With the prize money being a donation to a charity of their choice, the entries captured this year in all its highs and lows.

    Have a look at the entries, sent from across the world this year here.

  • Rebecca Flood

    PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN’S BISCUITS FLOGGED FOR £3.99 AT TK MAXX

    Posh biscuits marking a trip by Prince Harry and Meghan to Royal Ascot are being flog­ged in bargain stores.

    The shortbread treats were originally available for £16 a tin at London’s Harrods and Selfridges.

    But they are now just £3.99 in budget chain TK Maxx.

    And those snapping up the bargain 250g tins need to scoff them quickly as they are out of date in February.

    Tins of teabags marking their 2018 wedding are also available at a half-price £4.

  • Debbie White

    VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS TIPS FOR THE 'DUCHESS EFFECT'

    This year is the year of the virtual Christmas – including for royal family members living far apart, and their relatives, says etiquette expert Myka Meier.

    Even Carole Middleton has advised: “If you’re planning a virtual Christmas, cousins in different households might enjoy organising their goodies for Santa together over a video call.”

    Myka, who trained under a former member of the Royal household, has revealed her ultimate dos and don’ts when catching up virtually this festive period.

    The expert's top tips for a virtual festive chat – which could come in handy for the royals this Christmas – include:

    • Muting your microphone unless you are speaking to show respect to the other people on your call. Background noise or hearing someone else speak can be distracting.
    • During the call, try and give everyone the chance to join in. Asking a specific question or giving someone a shout-out might be a good way to engage them if they are quieter than usual.
    • As a host, you can mute everyone and give someone the opportunity to give a toast.

    MEGHAN’S ANTI-AGEING SECRET REVEALED?

    Could unusual facial exercises be the secret behind Meghan Markle's youthful and dewy appearance?

    According to leading ‘face yoga’ expert and best-selling author, Danielle Collins, the Duchess of Sussex is a big fan of face yoga techniques.

    Danielle tells The Sun it's “Hollywood’s anti-ageing secret” and other celebrities who have spoken openly about the wonders of face yoga include Jennifer Aniston, Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.

    She says: "Face yoga is a combination of face exercises, face massage, a little bit of acupressure and some relaxation. It is all about strengthening and toning the muscles underneath the skin and also boosting circulation."

    Noticeable changes can be made with as little as a three-minute daily workout following a few key exercises, which is ideal when you have a toddler like Archie running around to look after and prefer not to go under the knife, Danielle adds.

    Meghan could keep her youthful appearance with a number of face yoga techniques such as The Lip Tuck, The Giraffe and The Gecko, recommends Danielle, creator of the famous Danielle Collins Face Yoga Method.

    • Debbie White

      ANXIETY OVER NETFLIX SHOW PROMPTS 'NEW FIRM'

      As we emerge from the Covid pandemic in 2021, "Meghan and Harry will need to adapt to the new world and media landscape," advises a PR expert.

      "I can imagine Buckingham Palace are anxiously waiting for the first announcement about Meghan and Harry’s debut Netflix show and what the contents will divulge.

      "You can already spot signs of the Palace trying to get ahead of the narrative by the Queen creating what has been dubbed as the ‘New Firm’ which is made up of only eight senior members of the Royal Family," says Rebecca May from RM Publicity.

      The London-based firm's leading publicist also told The Sun: "Everything Meghan and Harry do in the public eye is already critiqued, but it will become even more challenging to uphold a positive dialogue with the press and public next year."

      Her exclusive comments come as Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen formed a “New Firm” – without Prince Andrew, Harry or Meghan.

    • Debbie White

      MEGHAN & HARRY 'STILL SEEN AS ROYALS'

      Although Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have quit the UK and their senior royal status, the couple are "still perceived and judged by the public as being part of the Royal Family", says a PR expert.

      Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Rebecca May said: "As they continue to forge their own path and put their own mark on brand Sussex, I suspect 2021 is going to be very interesting."

      RM Publicity's leading publicist added: "Meghan and Harry do not have the same restrictions and rules to abide by as active Royal members.

      "But they are still perceived and judged by the public as being part of the Royal Family."

    • Debbie White

      ROYAL FAMILY NEEDS TO 'HEAD OFF MEGXIT CRISIS'

      With Prince Andrew stepping down from his royal duties, "the Royal Family could be entering their biggest crisis in years, as they try and control a positive perception of the monarchy," warns a PR guru.

      Rebecca May, PR expert and leading publicist at RM Publicity acknowledges that "every step the monarchy make is carefully strategised".

      However, "Meghan and Harry – even though they are no longer official working Royals – are a ‘wild card’ which could further cause havoc on the Royal Family’s public profile", she told The Sun Online in an exclusive interview.

      Credit: Splash News

       

    • Debbie White

      PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE SLAMMED AS 'COWARDS'

      Royal biographer Angela Levin has labelled the Sussexes’ reluctance to return to the UK as “cowardly".

      Mike Graham of talkRADIO asked for her thoughts on their extended stay away, particularly in light of “Prince Philip not getting any younger”.

      The outspoken author replied: “I think they’re cowards; I think they don’t want to do that because they will feel awkward.”

      Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been slated for failing to return to the UK since ‘Megxit’ – when they fled at the end of March. They are now living in California, US.

    • Patrick Knox

      QUEEN FORMS ‘NEW FIRM’ OF EIGHT SENIOR ROYALS WITHOUT PRINCE HARRY

      Her Majesty, 94, is said to have formed the new group to ensure her mantra of “one must be seen to be believed” is carried out next year.

      The group includes Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen.

      They were pictured together for the first time this week as they paid tribute to Britain’s heroes during the coronavirus pandemic.

      It was the Queen’s idea to get the new collective to gather on the steps of Windsor Castle, where she has been isolating.

      The group does not include Prince Harry, Meghan or Prince Andrew.

    • Patrick Knox

      CHARLES WAS NOT PERMITTED TO NAME WILLIAM AND HARRY

      Princess Diana told her biographer Andrew Morton in secret tapes recorded for the 1992 book, “Diana: Her True Story” that she chose the names, reports the Express.

      Diana explained: “I chose William and Harry.

      “He wanted Albert and Arthur, and I said no. Too old!”

    • Debbie White

      NEW ROYAL 'FIRM' ADJUSTS TO MEGXIT

      The Queen's updated and new Royal 'Firm' will hope to steady the ship following the fall-out from the breakdown of the original Firm.

      Meghan and Harry sent shockwaves through the family after quitting their royal roles in a move dubbed Megxit.

      Her Majesty has urged the family to remain calm and desperately wants to return to their “back to basics” attitude, by putting herself, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, and Princess Anne in the new group.

      A royal source told the Mirror: "The family are united in exploring the possibilities in working with each other to highlight the causes dear to their hearts, helping each other and the country at the same time.

      "They are working on opportunities for next year and beyond already. As soon as they are able it will be all hands on deck to make up for lost time.

      "The Queen has often said they 'need to be seen to be believed' – this is coming from the very top."

    • Debbie White

      MEGHAN SAYS 'USE SILVER TRAYS & WHITE TABLECLOTH FOR CHRISTMAS'

      Meghan Markle's top tips for hosting Christmas parties include creating a 'table-scape', and turning cups into vases for savoury herbs.

      With the festive season fast approaching, her advice is timely as she looks forward to spending Christmas in California.

      The Duchess, 39, suggested to Grazia it was best to "keep it simple and crisp" with the table laid with white crockery and a white table cloth.

      Gilded plates should be used, along with napkin rings and a "stylish set of cutlery."

      When speaking about how to "fake fancy" her home, she advised: "Purchase silver serving trays, platters, nut bowls from flea markets or Etsy to add formality to hors d'oeuvres passing. "

      Plus, mint julep mugs or Moscow mule mugs could be turned into "low vases instead of drinking mugs. Fill with savoury herbs or all-white florals."

       

    • Debbie White

      QUEEN FORMS 'NEW FIRM'

      The Queen has agreed to a “New Firm” consisting of eight senior royals without Prince Harry, Meghan Markle or Prince Andrew.

      Her Majesty, 94, is said to have formed the new group to ensure her mantra of “one must be seen to be believed” is carried out next year.

      The group includes Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Anne and the Queen.

      They will now work together in a bid to get the Royal Family to carry out their full duties as soon as possible, reports the Mirror.

      It is likely to fit Prince Charles’ desire to create a slimmed-down monarchy.

    • Debbie White

      'DUCHESS CLAUS' BEFORE HARRY

      Meghan Markle once stunned as a Sexy Santa when she worked as a briefcase model on Deal or No Deal.

      Before Meghan landed her role on Suits and met Prince Harry, she worked as a suitcase girl on the US version of Noel Edmonds' hit show.

      In the 35th episode of Season 2, broadcast on Christmas Day in 2006, the future royal wowed as she posed in a fur-lined red dress and a pair of five-inch heels.

      She told Esquire in 2013: “I would put that in the category of things I was doing while I was auditioning to try to make ends meet.

      “I would end up standing up there forever in these terribly uncomfortable and inexpensive five-inch heels just waiting for someone to pick my number so I could go and sit down.”

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