The Royal Family has faced drama after drama over the past few years, before the world pandemic was even thrown into the mix.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex rocked the institution by quitting their senior roles and leaving the country last year, which took some of the focus away from Prince Andrew’s links to disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Almost two million people watched the Duke of York grilled on Newsnight in November 2019 in what was later described as a “car-crash” interview, but the numbers paled in comparison to the 12.4 million viewers who watched Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
There have been car crashes and hospital stays for Prince Philip, Covid diagnoses for Prince Charles and Prince William, and persistent rumours about family feuds.
In brighter news for the family, Princess Eugenie and Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, have had babies this year, Princess Beatrice had a secret wedding last summer and the Queen was praised for her uplifting speech during the early months of the coronavirus outbreak. So what does the British public make of all of this?
The view on ‘Megzit’
A Deltapoll survey for the Daily Mirror, published today, found that just over half of the 1,590 British adults questioned thought that Harry and Meghan had “damaged the reputation of the royal family”. Around a third thought they had made no difference to the family’s standing, while just 9% thought their reputation had been…