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Prince Charles overshadowed by popular sons as royal wedding looms


The world's media are converging on Britain for Saturday's wedding of Prince Harry and his American bride, Meghan Markle. The celebrations come just weeks after fans of the royal family rejoiced over the birth of Prince Louis, the third child of Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, Euronews reports.

But the glitz and glamour swirling around the young royals and their growing families contrast with the unpopularity of the princes' father, Prince Charles. As heir to the British throne, the Prince of Wales is destined to become king — whether his subjects like him or not.

Only 9 percent of Britons named Charles as one of their favorite royals, according to an Ipsos MORI poll released Monday. That's down from 21 percent in 2012.

That's certainly not the case for his sons. Harry is the most liked royal, notching 42 percent of the people asked, with Prince William not too far behind at 30 percent.

Upcoming big family celebrations, including his 70th birthday on Nov. 14, could help soften Charles' image just as he's increasing his royal duties and standing in for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, more often.

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death last summer may have contributed to Charles' low popularity ratings. Decades-old videos of Diana speaking emotionally about her then-husband's affair with his former girlfriend and current wife, Camilla, reminded Brits of the painful and very public breakdown of their marriage.

"He's always been viewed in context of his family," said Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and the author of "Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting."

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