The most popular royal family member has been revealed and it’s surprising

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The royal family is one of the most talked-about in the world, making headline news on the regular. 

From their public appearances, outings and fashion moments, to their connections and relationships behind closed doors, the Mountbatten-Windsors never fail to make news. 

This is something that is particularly true following the release of Prince Harry's memoir Spare, lifting a lid on his account of what happened behind Palace doors. 

But who has emerged from the past year as the most popular royal and who is on the other end of the scale?

A poll by YouGov has finally revealed the answers.

Kate, the Princess of Wales, is often thought of as the most popular member of the royal family, but according to the survey there is another family member who has pipped her to the top spot post. 

The royal in question? Princess Anne. 

The survey questioned 1,677 adults in Great Britain in December 2022, investigating British people's positive and negative reactions to each royal family member.

According to the survey, The Princess Royal is the most popular overall, with 72% British people having a positive reaction to her.

Shortly behind her is Prince William, with a 70% positive reaction and Princess Kate, with 68%. And down at the bottom are Prince Harry with 24% - his lowest rating ever, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at 22% and Prince Andrew at 7%.

Princess Anne - 72% positive reactions

Prince William - 70% positive reactions

Kate, Princess of Wales - 68% positive reactions

King Charles - 62% positive reactions

Prince Edward - 54% positive reactions

Camilla, Queen Consort - 46% positive reactions

Prince Harry - 24% positive reactions

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex - 22% positive reactions

Prince Andrew - 7% positive reactions

It is thought that Prince Harry's memoir, Spare, will have affected popularity rankings.

We will continue to update this story.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.