Meghan Markle is the most popular royal worldwide, according to huge study

Meghan Markle is the most popular royal - beating the Queen and Kate

Meghan Markle is the most popular royal: (the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) Attended Their Last Official Event As Working Royals The couple joined the Queen and other family members at the annual Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey in London, UK.
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The Duchess of Sussex has topped the popularity chart of a huge study into who is the most popular out of all the British Royals.

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Data sourced from across the globe, via YouGov rankings, Google search volumes, Instagram and the Royal calendar, carried out by (opens in new tab) has been at the centre of the findings.

These searches were normalised and weighted to establish a popularity score percentage for each of the British Royals - with Meghan coming out top with 14.5%.

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Close behind Meghan is Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge (opens in new tab) who only just missed out on the top spot by 0.1% -even though she came out on top with Instagram popularity searches. Kate is known to share treasured family snaps from her home in Kensington Palace (opens in new tab), and they always get the hits when she shares them on her Kensington Royal Instagram account.

And Her Majesty the Queen (opens in new tab), Elizabeth II is third place with a score of 14.3%.

But when it comes to the least popular royal, the Duke of York, took this position with just 1.2% popularity.

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Meghan's popularity has come at a time when there is even fewer public appearances as she, Harry and son Archie, one, carve a new life for themselves in Santa Barbara in the United States.

Meghan recently spoke out about her shock miscarriage (opens in new tab) and shared details to 'shine a light' on the grieving process.

And when it comes to the battle of the brothers, it's Prince Harry (opens in new tab) (14.2%) who has pipped William, Duke of Cambridge (13.8%) to the post - landing fourth most popular royal.

But some of the royals scandals (opens in new tab) to hit in recent months has led the Royal Family to have a low popularity score of just 8%.

Surprisingly the late Princess Diana hasn't been included in the research but no doubt she would have been among the top ranking in terms of popularity, after being dubbed "the People's Princess".

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 15 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She has covered all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand.