Meghan Markle's Bombshell Remarks Against Royal Family Have Severely Damaged Both Sides

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview has damaged both sides with no clear winner among the British public, polling suggests.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex told a global audience of millions how the royal family cut them off financially and how a senior royal commented on how dark baby Archie's skin would be.

Meghan said she was left contemplating suicide in early 2019 amid negative press coverage.

However, the astonishing two-hour prime time interview has caused Meghan and Harry's approval ratings to plunge, not rise.

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Meghan Markle during her tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey in which she said a royal family member commented on how dark baby Archie's skin would be before he was born. CBS broadcast the extraordinary claims by Meghan and Prince Harry on Sunday, March 7. Harpo Productions/Joe Pugliese/Getty Images

YouGov data suggests Prince Harry's net approval fell 15 points to -3 from March 2 to March 12, with 45 percent of Brits feeling positively about him and 48 percent feeling negative.

The same research suggests Meghan's net approval fell 14 points to -27, with 31 percent feeling positive about her and 58 percent feeling negative.

Newsweek's own exclusive polling points to some possible explanations, identifying that just 21 percent of Brits believe all the couple's claims.

This is really interesting polling results. Anecdotally it feels like Harry and Meghan have a huge amount of support. Both can be true but I am surprised by these findings... https://t.co/DczemyZltM

— Victoria Murphy (@byQueenVic) March 12, 2021

A full 26 percent said they believed nothing the duke and duchess said while 45 percent believed everything.

As if that was not bad enough, 48 percent believed Meghan and Harry were motivated by self-promotion with only 36 percent thinking they did the interview to defend themselves.

And 64 percent felt cutting Prince Harry off financially was the right thing to do once he had stepped back from royal duties, compared to 36 percent who did not.

Royal biographer Penny Junor told Newsweek: "In terms of whether it's been successful for Harry and Meghan, I don't think we know what it was meant to achieve.

"I'm absolutely mystified about why they did it. Unless it was purely self-promotion.

"By the sounds of things in America there is much greater approval of them.

"I still think this is quite worrying for the Monarchy."

She added: "The queen is head of the commonwealth and Prince Charles is lined up to be head of the Commonwealth after her.

"All of that is worrying."

There was, however, some good news for campaign group Republic who seek to abolish the monarchy.

They have been buoyed by Survation data that suggests 34 percent of people would like an end to the monarchy while 66 percent want to see it continue.

While the findings do not suggest Queen Elizabeth II is going anywhere anytime soon, it is a better than usual response for the group.

34% is a significant jump in support for a republic. https://t.co/TkAsDwAjBf

— Republic (@RepublicStaff) March 14, 2021

The campaign Tweeted: "34% is a significant jump in support for a republic."

There are potential implications further afield than the U.K. among the 15 other countries around the world who have the queen as head of state.

Barbados has already committed to becoming a republic and there has been a similar debate in Jamaica as well.

Historian Robert Lacey, author of Battle of Brothers, told Newsweek: "If there is a threat to the monarchy it is obviously to the Commonwealth monarchies.

"Barbados has already signed off. I think there will be a problem in the future with Australia, New Zealand, certainly in the Caribbean countries.

"You've seen it in recent reports, Caribbean newspapers saying why should we have a white head of state anymore.

"They will stay in the Commonwealth but I think this could be the end of the strange anomaly of the Commonwealth monarchies where these countries choose to have the British head of state as their head of state.

"I think that survives as long as the queen is alive but after that people might feel differently about King Charles III and Queen Camilla."