Harry and Meghan the only royals not to see boost in popularity after Prince Philip's funeral

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the only royals not to see a boost in their popularity following the funeral of Prince Philip, according to a YouGov poll.

The statistics organisation polled more than 1,700 British adults between 21 and 22 April to see how the public perception of senior royals like the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William has changed since they united to bury the late Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen's popularity went up by 5%, compared to November 2019 statistics, with 61% of people now saying they feel very positive about her. Her overall positivity ratings were up from 80% to 85%, when those who feel fairly positive about her were included.

Prince Charles saw a big jump in those who feel positively about him, up from 49% to 58% between November 2019 and April 2021.

His wife Camilla saw a smaller rise of 4%, from 39% to 43%.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence follow Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh's coffin (draped in his Royal Standard Flag and bearing his Royal Navy cap, sword and a bouquet of lilies, white roses, freesia and sweet peas) as it is carried on a specially designed Land Rover Defender hearse during his funeral procession to St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born 10 June 1921, in Greece. He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in WWII. He married the then Princess Elizabeth on 20 November 1947 and was created Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich by King VI. He served as Prince Consort to Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9 2021, months short of his 100th birthday. His funeral takes place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 guests invited due to Coronavirus pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Pool/Max Mumby/Getty Images)
Harry reunited with members of the Royal Family for Prince Philip's funeral on 17 April. (Getty Images)

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Prince William's favourability levels went up from 76% to 80% in the days after the funeral, which saw him reunite with his brother Harry.

The two brothers were spotted chatting as they left the chapel in Windsor Castle, though it's since been reported that the big issues between them were not resolved.

William's wife Kate, who was attending her first royal funeral at St George's Chapel, saw her popularity rise by 5%, from 73% to 78%.

But Prince Harry's levels dropped by two points, with 43% thinking positively of him after the funeral, compared to 45% before.

Prince Harry and Meghan were the only ones to see a dip in their positive rankings. (YouGov)
Prince Harry and Meghan were the only ones to see a dip in their positive rankings. (YouGov)

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Meghan, who couldn't even make the funeral because of how far along in her pregnancy she is, also saw her positive rating drop by two points, from 31% to 29%.

Princess Anne, the Queen's only daughter, had an increase of 6% in her ratings, from 64% to 70%.

Prince Edward, the Queen's youngest son, jumped from 41% to 54%, the biggest increase of any Royal Family member.

Edward and his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, have long been said to be having a more public facing role in the Royal Family, particularly in the wake of the step back of Harry and Meghan.

Prince Andrew also saw a small increase in favorability, up by three percentage points from 7% to 10%.

He appeared on television on the Sunday after his father's death, as he made remarks about losing the "grandfather of the nation" following a church service at one of the Windsor churches.

He sat two seats away from his mother in the chapel during the funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II takes her seat for the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
The Queen had to sit alone because of social distancing rules at her late husband's funeral. (PA Images)
The Duke of Sussex during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire. Picture date: Saturday April 17, 2021.
Prince Harry was also alone during the funeral, having travelled without his wife. (PA Images)

Andrew is currently "stepped back" from his royal duties following a disastrous interview with BBC Newsnight about his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The Queen marked her 95th birthday while still in royal mourning, but was pictured carrying out her duties for the first time on Tuesday, in a floral dress with a three-string pearl necklace as she took on two virtual audiences.

Harry and Meghan have struggled with their popularity levels in the UK since they decided to step back from their senior royal duties.

They were also impacted by their interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which they levelled several explosive claims about their time as working royals and suggested a member of the family was racist, but did not name them.

Polling after the interview showed more people were sympathetic to the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family than Harry and Meghan.

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