What Americans and Britons think about Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir

Jamie BallardData Journalist
Camilla WaldenYouGov Daily Editor
July 22, 2021, 4:45 PM UTC

Prince Harry recently announced that he will be publishing a “wholly truthful” literary memoir in 2022. The publisher, Penguin Random House, writes that the memoir will present "the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him." This comes just a few months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sat for a tell-all interview with Oprah, in which they accused the royal family of mistreating them and their son.  

New polls from YouGov suggest the book might be better received by American audiences as opposed to British ones. One-quarter (25%) of Americans say they are very or fairly interested in reading Prince Harry’s memoir when it publishes, while just 14% of Britons say the same.  

Two-thirds of the British public, along with 51% of Americans, say they are not interested at all.  

Is it inappropriate for Prince Harry to publish his memoir?  

Around half (53%) of the British public feels it is inappropriate for Harry to be publishing his memoir, with 38% of these saying it is “very inappropriate.” Far fewer Americans (21%) say it’s inappropriate for Prince Harry to release this book.  

Close to half of Americans (46%) and 23% of Britons say it’s appropriate for the Duke of Sussex to be publishing this memoir.  

Additional YouGov polling suggests that Americans have a higher opinion of Prince Harry than the British public does.  

YouGov Ratings data finds that 51% of Americans have a positive view of Prince Harry, while just 31% of Britons do. One in five Americans (22%) and 44% of Britons have a negative view of the Duke of Sussex.  

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Methodology: 7,585 US adults and 5,808 UK adults were surveyed July 21 – 22, 2021. The responding sample is weighted to be representative of each country’s population.  

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