Prince Charles Is Not As Unpopular As You Think

Prince Charles has maintained his U.K. approval rating despite a cash-for-honors scandal that rocked his charity.

The next-in-line to the throne is liked by 45 percent and disliked by 24 percent of the British population, giving him net favorability of +21, according to surveys conducted during the third quarter of 2021 by pollster YouGov.

Support for Queen Elizabeth II's first child is unchanged since May when it again stood at 45 percent, the polls suggested.

That is despite three staff at his Prince's Foundation charity resigning last month.

The Scottish charity regulator launched an inquiry into allegations in the British press that the organization's chief executive Michael Fawcett offered to help a Saudi billionaire secure a knighthood and citizenship.

Charles remains significantly less popular than his mother, the queen, and first born son, Prince William, but more popular than Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and troubled brother Prince Andrew.

Elizabeth was liked by 72 percent and disliked by 11 percent, giving her a net rating of +61, making her the most popular member of the royal family, according to the latest YouGov poll.

Prince William placed second in the country's affections. He was liked by 62 percent and disliked by 15 percent, giving him a net rating of +47, the poll suggested.

Prince Harry was liked by 36 percent and disliked by 43 percent, giving him a net rating of -7; while Meghan Markle was viewed positively by 28 percent and negatively by 51 percent giving her a net figure of -23.

The couple's standing, while bleak, was an improvement on a survey carried out in August in which they recorded their lowest ever approval.

Prince Charles Opens Johnnie Walker Experience
Prince Charles opens a new global visitor whisky experience at Johnnie Walker Princes Street on October 1, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Prince Charles appears so far to be undented by the cash for honors scandal. Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Andrew, who quit public life after a car crash interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, was liked by 13 percent and disliked by 68 percent, giving him net figures of -55.

Andrew, the Duke of York, remains as unpopular in quarter three as he was in quarter two, with a rape lawsuit against him in New York not dragging him any further into the nation's bad books than he already is.

Michael Fawcett, chief executive of the Prince's Foundation, resigned after the Mail on Sunday published a letter he sent to the aide of a Saudi donor to the charity.

In August 2017, he wrote: "In light of the ongoing and most recent generosity of His Excellency, Sheikh Marei Mubarak Mahfouz bin Mahfouz I am happy to confirm to you, in confidence, that we are willing and happy to support and contribute to the application for Citizenship.

"I can further confirm that we are willing to make [an] application to increase His Excellency's honor from Honorary CBE to that of KBE in accordance with Her Majesty's Honors Committee.

"Both of these applications will be made in response to the most recent and anticipated support of the Trust and in connection with his ongoing commitment generally within the United Kingdom. I hope this confirmation is sufficient in allowing us to go forward."

A Clarence House statement days later read: "The Prince of Wales has no knowledge of the alleged offer of honors or British citizenship on the basis of donation to his charities and fully supports the investigation now underway by The Prince's Foundation."

Prince Andrew With Virginia Giuffre
Prince Andrew with his arm around Virginia Giuffre in an image included in evidence at a rape lawsuit she brought against him in New York. Giuffre says the image was taken by Jeffrey Epstein at the London townhouse of the financier's former lover Ghislaine Maxwell (pictured right). Virginia Giuffre