KEY POINTS

  • A royal expert claimed older royal fans have been gravitating away from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry since their Oprah interview
  • The initial support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after the interview was reportedly "huge"
  • The older generation later realized that the couple may not have the "best intentions," the correspondent claims

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are losing popularity in the U.S. due to their "incredibly dishonest" accusations against the royal family, a royal correspondent has claimed.

In an interview with GBNews, Kinsey Schofield, a royal correspondent in the U.S., suggested that the popularity of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is split by "age and demographic." Older royal fans have allegedly started to turn away from the couple since their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on CBS in March.

"They're causing a lot of trouble not only over there [in the U.K.] but over here [in the U.S.] too," Schofield claimed during the GBNews interview. 

The journalist, who has worked for E!, continued, "While I would have told you after the Oprah interview that the support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was huge, I will say over the last few months, people are starting to see that not all of those accusations were correct. Some of them were incredibly dishonest, and I think that their popularity is waning in a dramatic way."

The royal expert claimed that while most younger royal fans still support Prince Harry and Markle, older people "who are focused on common sense, [who] do understand tradition and are aware of the history" have begun to believe that the couple may not have the best intentions when it comes to their relationship with the royal family.

When asked about how Americans generally view the British royals, the journalist said, "We're pretty enamored with the royal family." Schofield explained that there is something romantic in their tradition and history before praising Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"When we look at the Queen, when we look at Prince William and Kate [Middleton], they are aspirational," Schofield said. "They're elegant. The way that they dress, the way that they physically move, the way that they speak, the respect that goes into just even the titles, I have to tell you that I think that we think that it makes your country almost a little bit savvier and more sophisticated than ours."

Schofield also claimed that royal fans in the U.S. generally have a good opinion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The royal expert described the royal couple as kind and respectful and said that many are looking forward to seeing them lead the monarchy.

"I do think that the United States will be thrilled to see them sitting on the throne," Schofield said.

In March, Gayle King said on "CBS This Morning" that Markle "has documents to back up everything that she said on Oprah's interview. Everything."

Among Markle's revelations were that there were "concerns and conversations" about her children's skin color, that she was denied help when she felt suicidal and that a disagreement with Middleton left her in tears ahead of her 2018 wedding.

However, weeks after the interview aired, the Sussexes admitted that the secret wedding Markle described during the sit-down did not happen, the Daily Beast reported.

While Markle claimed in the interview that they had a private wedding three days before their lavish St. George's Chapel ceremony, a spokesperson for the Sussexes told the outlet that "the couple exchanged personal vows a few days before their official/legal wedding on [May 19, 2018]."

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 02: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Creative Industries and Business Reception on October 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images