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Britons Split on Age Lines on How Harry and Meghan Were Treated by Royals

In this photo taken from video Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk about their engagement during an interview in London, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. It was announced Monday that Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring, confirming months of rumors. (Pool via AP)

In this photo taken from video Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle talk about their engagement during an interview in London, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. It was announced Monday that Prince Harry, fifth in line for the British throne, will marry American actress Meghan Markle in the spring, confirming months of rumors. (Pool via AP)

Overall 32% were in each camp on the question of fairness, while 36% didn't know

Britons are divided on how the royal family treated Prince Harry and his wife Meghan according to age, with a majority of young people saying it was unfair and half of older people saying the opposite, a YouGov opinion poll showed on Tuesday.

Overall 32% were in each camp on the question of fairness, while 36% didn’t know.

Age was the dividing line. Some 61% of 18-24s said they were treated unfairly, but support ebbed away as respondents aged and half of those over 65 said the couple were treated fairly.

Oprah Winfrey’s interview with the couple, in which they accused a family member of making a racist remark about their son and Meghan said she had been alienated to the point of contemplating suicide, was broadcast in Britain on Monday.

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More than a third of Britons said their sympathies lie with the Queen and members of the Royal Family, while one in five say that they sit with Prince Harry and Meghan, according to the poll. Three in ten said their sympathies were with neither and one in ten said they were with both.

first published:March 10, 2021, 07:32 IST