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Prince Harry dealt blow by royal expert who says he’s ‘damaged goods’ in UK

Prince Harry has been dealt a new blow after a royal historian claimed he's now "damaged goods".

Dr Edward Owens, royal expert, says the Duke of Sussex has "fallen from grace" after polls show his popularity has plummeted since he stepped down as a senior royal with his wife Meghan Markle.

The 37-year-old, who was recently featured on the cover of Time Magazine and named as one of the top 100 influential people alongside the Duchess of Sussex, has received backlash since they moved to the US.

The pair travelled over the Atlantic to California with son Archie, now two, last year and welcomed a baby daughter Lilibet Diana in June.

Dr Owens says Harry and Meghan's future following Megxit has changed in the UK, writes The Express.

He said: “In the British public opinion polls, he’s really fallen from grace.

“The British public have very little time for Harry compared to pre the start of 2019.”

He further added that the Duke's memoir is likely to be well-received in the US, but could be a flop on British soil.

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Dr Owens, who authored, The Family Firm, Monarchy, Mass Media and the British Public, 1932-53, said: “Harry is hot right now.

“He’s interesting and he’s got to make what he can out of that interesting story whilst people are still interested in him.

“It’s being largely written for an American audience, he’s damaged goods in the UK.”

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Prince Harry's favourability rating, according to a poll from YouGov, revealed it dropped to 55% by January last year, after the Megxit announcement.

Last month, it reached an all-time low, to 44%, from a survey taking place between August 27 and 29, and was at the same level as for Prince Charles when he divorced Princess Diana.

Positive opinions on former actress Meghan Markle also dived from 55% in October 2019 to 33%.

The polling company link fallout over the Oprah interview, as well as statements regarding the Covid pandemic and Afghanistan to the negative data.

It comes after Harry announced he would publish an "intimate and heartfelt memoir" next year, as speculation grows over what will be included in the 'tell-all book'.

Dr Owens added his memoir is unlikely to have an impact on the Queen's Platinum Jubilee taking place next year, and that Harry and Meghan will be invited to attend.

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