KEY POINTS

  • Kate Middleton outranked Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry as the most popular royal in a new poll
  • Middleton received 500 more votes than Queen Elizabeth in the survey, which gathered data from 4,000 respondents
  • Former favorite Prince Harry dropped to fourth, while wife Meghan Markle landed in sixth following their royal exits

Kate Middleton may be the people’s new favorite member of the British royal family after outranking Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry in a new poll.

Daily Mirror conducted a poll on the most popular royal and released the results earlier this month. Over 4,000 people participated in the survey, and the majority selected the Duchess of Cambridge.

About 35% of the respondents named Middleton as the most popular member of the U.K. royal family. Prince William’s wife earned 500 more votes than Queen Elizabeth II, who came second to her granddaughter-in-law with 928 votes.

Meanwhile, future king and Duke of Cambridge Prince William sat on the third spot.

A royal expert previously credited the duke’s rise of popularity to him being more open, with many noticing that the future king has been showing his "raw" side lately.

Prince William's younger brother, Prince Harry, was down at the fourth spot, while Princess Anne's name came after the Duke of Sussex at fifth. And Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle seems to have retained her popularity despite resigning from her royal position after bagging the sixth spot on the list of the most popular royals.

Meanwhile, between Prince Harry and Prince William, the latter received more attention within the royal household as he is the future king. However, it was Prince Harry who stole the public’s favor. But according to Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, the younger royal lost his popularity after meeting Markle.

“He was the most popular royal of a younger generation that we’ve seen for 100 years,” Farage said last year, The Guardian reported. “And then he met Meghan Markle, and it’s fallen off a cliff.”

Prince Harry reportedly received more sympathy than his brother because he is the "spare." Some royal fans said they found it easier to relate to him than to his older brother Prince William, who is the second in line to the throne.

"Prince Harry is easier to relate to; he is an extrovert, his emotions are not hidden, and the public felt very sad for him to lose his mother while he was twelve. Harry puts himself out there, and people respond to that," Deanna Eppers stated.

Royal correspondents Richard Kay and Angela Levin also touched on this topic in Channel 5’s "Prince Harry: The Troubled Prince." According to Levin, the Duke of Sussex "is always less" than his big brother, Prince William.

"He was always less than his brother,” Levin said. "The late Queen Mother would always invite Prince William over for tea and talk to him about his future and not invite Prince Harry."

According to Kay, Prince Charles and Princess Diana wanted their two boys to receive the same treatment. However, the people around them apparently didn’t understand the purpose of giving the two boys the same attention and tended to focus on Prince William, the future king.