Prince William has become the most popular member of the royal family since the death of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The new Prince of Wales has an approval rating of 84% among the British public, with his wife Catherine not far behind as the second most popular royal in the country.
Data shows Prince Andrew remains the most unwanted royal thanks to his links to the Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal, while King Charles III has seen the biggest jump in popularity, up 16 points since May.
A YouGov poll also showed Prince Harry had increased his likeability slightly, with 47% of people seeing him in a favorable light.
Despite the boost, the prince’s status sees him go from ‘unpopular’ to ‘divisive’ as 46% of people still have a negative opinion of him.
Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, still remains unpopular with almost 60% of people having an unfavorable opinion of her, compared to 30% who have a positive opinion of the former actress, but it was still up from seven points compared to May.
The poll also revealed a surge in popularity for the monarchy in general, most likely a “result of the outpouring of affection for Queen Elizabeth” since her death on September 8.
The number of people saying Britain should keep the monarchy has risen seven points to 67% since the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in May.
Since the anniversary celebrations of his 70 years on the throne, the number of people saying they are “very convinced” of the maintenance of the monarchy has also jumped to 83% in favor.
Prince William became heir to the British throne after his father ascended to the role and became King Charles III. His children, George, Charlotte and Luis follow him in succession, with Prince Harry rising to fifth in line for the throne.
William and Catherine have become so popular and Australia’s Prime Minister has confirmed they will be visiting the Commonwealth country to support the monarchy.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who has been a strong advocate for Australia becoming a republic, has confirmed the couple are planning to visit Australia.
“There have been preliminary discussions about the visit of the current Prince and Princess of Wales to Australia,” he told British channel ITV.
Just like in the UK, support for the monarchy grew after the Queen’s death with 60% supporting and 40% hoping for an Australian republic.
Albanese stopped short of calling for a republic when he arrived in London for the Queen’s funeral saying it was ‘a discussion for another time’.
The Prince and Princess of Wales last visited Australia in 2014 with their first child, nine-year-old Prince George, who was a baby at the time.
They arrived when support for the monarchy was at an all-time low, but that sentiment changed after their visit, with credit going to the baby prince who has been dubbed the ‘republican killer’.