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.

Were all obsessed with Netflix drama The Crown, due to it being based on the royal family and this latest research shows just how much we love the firm. 

Data sourced from across the globe, via YouGov rankings, Google search volumes, Instagram and the Royal calendar, carried out by OnBuy.com 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 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, and they always get the hits when she shares them on her Kensington Royal Instagram account.

And Her Majesty the Queen, 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 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 (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 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 Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after 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. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.