A new poll shows British people aren’t interested in the Sussexes’ Netflix projects

The Duchess Of Sussex Visits The Hubb Community Kitchen

The British pollsters YouGov heard about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Netflix deal and they decided to do a lil’ poll among British peeps to see if they (British peeps) were more interested in Netflix or at all interested in Harry & Meghan’s upcoming projects. I’m suspicious of how quickly this happened – the Netflix deal was announced mid-day in America on Wednesday, so early evening in the UK Wednesday? And YouGov threw together a poll in a matter of hours and then just started calling people? Huh.

Netflix is betting on the global appeal of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but Brits aren’t expressing much excitement about content they will bring to the global streaming service, according to a survey.

The royals and Netflix earlier this week unveiled a multiyear overall content deal that will cover scripted and unscripted TV series, documentaries, feature films and kids’ programming. “Harry and Meghan have inspired millions of people all around the world with their authenticity, optimism and leadership,” said Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer of Netflix, on Wednesday. “We’re incredibly proud they have chosen Netflix as their creative home — and are excited about telling stories with them that can help build resilience and increase understanding for audiences everywhere.”

But at least in Prince Harry’s homeland, initial interest is limited, according to a poll by YouGov, an internet-based market research and data analytics firm. “Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have announced that they have solidified their plans to make wide-ranging film and TV content for Netflix. How interested are you, if at all, in watching this?” it asked 2,713 adults in Britain.

The results: 20 percent said they were “not very interested,” while 64 percent said they were “not interested at all.” Only 12 percent expressed interest in the content, according to YouGov. It said 3 percent were “very interested,” with 9 percent being “fairly interested.”

YouGov highlighted that young audiences had the most enthusiasm for the royals’ content plans. “18-24-year-olds (23 percent) are by far the most likely age group to say they would be interested,” it highlighted. That compares to 16 percent of 25-49-year-olds and 5 percent each of people aged 50-65 and people older than that.

[From THR]

Judging from the Brits on my timeline, I always feel like Prime (or Prime UK) is a much bigger deal than Netflix over there. Like, everyone has Prime UK and they stream stuff constantly on Prime. I bet H&M’s Netflix deal will actually make a small percentage of British people consider subscribing to Netflix, which is a win for Netflix. Plus, Netflix is GLOBAL. They’re not just trying to get subscribers in the UK. Brand Sussex is global too, especially judging how popular they were wherever they traveled. Anyway, this is just new ammo for the salty British commentators. “One must never Netflix and chill, how gauche.”

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex at service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force on 10/07/2018

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  1. julia says:

    Of course it does. Too bad the rest of the world probably is interested. I know I most certainly am.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Same here!

      Also, I STILL LOVE that black pant outfit in the first pic! One of her better looks, for sure! So effortlessly chic (eat your heart out Katie Keen…you will NEVER achieve this look).

    • Godwina says:

      I am super interested in that black pantsuit too! It’s stunning perfection on MM. I am not, however, in the least interested in their Netflix content or books. I’m just here for the ‘freude and to vent my anti-monarchist frustration, per ujh, and admire how gorgeous MM is.

      • Mimi says:

        I guess the problem is, she’s a great clotheshorse but isn’t just like Kim Kardashian, famous because she’s famous, who she married and such. What original ideas or talents (besides acting) does she had.

      • GuestWho says:

        @Mimi – you’re comparing Meghan to Kim? A woman who was a double major at one of the top universities in the US, was a successful working actress, a philanthropist/humanitarian who worked with US and international organizations for most of her adult life, a known activist for women’s rights on an international stage, and who ran a successful business all before meeting Harry – once she became a Duchess she had a number of very successful diplomatic tours (one while heavily pregnant), and at least two community projects that positively changed the lives of those involved with tangible results versus a woman* who got famous for a really lame sex tape that her mom arranged to release? I can totally see why you’re confused – it’s like they’ve lead identical lives.

        I honestly do not understand what people get out of erasing Meghan’s history.

        *Fair play to KK – she absolutely worked hard and made the most of her infamy.

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        Mimi please do not compare Meghan (who was very accomplished before she met Harry) to a Kardashian who is famous for a sex tape. It makes you look stupid.

    • Watson says:

      I just love how young people are interested in them. The royal family could have gotten a whole new generation of Brits to love the royal family via sussex youth engagement. Let’s face it, they probably respond better to their modern views on life (feminism and blm). What is the future going to look like for the monarchy when these young people get older and cannot relate to kate and wills? It’s not the 1950s anymore.

      • Lady D says:

        I really really hope the fact that they could have gotten 23% of the vibrant youth population to follow the RF but blew it, is a really hard truth for the palace to swallow. I hope it sinks in a little more every day how much they lost by tossing those two from the country. (I think the RR’s are starting to clue in) The queen might not care that much as she’s 94, but Charles will care. Think Charles will step up and publicly say he was wrong to not fight for his son? Will he do everything in his not inconsiderable power to bring them home? According to google, half of Britain is 40 and under.

    • Tessa says:

      Usually, it’s word of mouth re: Netflix shows. There was a lot of buzz about the series about Hollywood and it was a hit.

    • lucy2 says:

      I am too! I’m curious to see what they will be working on. And obviously Netflix is interested in them, so who cares what some lousy poll says? People who are interested don’t have to watch! It’s that simple.

      I do find it hilarious that people have been screaming about them spending money, and then when they sign a very lucrative deal to support themselves, it’s the end of the world part 2.

    • CarbnFtPrnt says:

      . I dont care about representative sample size, this survey is ridiculous. How are you going to ask about something people know nothing about. This survey seems more like they’re pandering to the British media ( i feel the same way about any you dot gov survey

    • Chelsea says:

      @mimi you can start with Meghan’s Reitman’s capsule collection that sold out, or her website the Tig which netted her 6figures a year, or her cookbook that met it’s target goal in a matter of weeks, her Forces For Change issue of British Vogue which was their fastest selling in history and the best selling of the decade, or her Smartset Capsule Collection that literally sold out of some items before she could make it to the press conference. This is a woman with a double major from Nortwestern in International Relations and Theatre and worked at a US Embassy, was UN Ambassador and made millions of dollars before she even met her husband. She’s proven time and time again that she’s got good ideas and no matter how people try to degrade her, her projects still become successes.

      You all can whine about how you think she’s irrelevant all you want but you’ll ne watching these shows just like you bought Finding Freedom and her issue of Brotish Vogue. People might lie but the numbers don’t.

  2. Merricat says:

    No one in Britain is interested! That’s why the RR can’t stop writing about it! Because H & M are not interesting!

  3. MaryContrary says:

    My eyes are permanently rolled back in my head.

  4. Britt says:

    The saltiness on that island knows no bounds 😂😂😂

  5. Snuffles says:

    Oh, please, they’ll be signing up to hate watch and judge until they are blue in the face.

    • Tealie says:

      Literally I think the fact that they’re willing to do a poll on them seconds after the announced says enough! Loll

  6. Mumbles says:

    A few months ago I was watching a U.K. game show called Pointless. The way the game works is they survey a group of 100 people to answer trivia questions, and the contestants try to select answers that were given by the fewest number in the survey (ie the most obscure answers). One topic was about the British Royal family, and I was shocked to learn that less than 20 percent of the surveyed group knew that the Sussexes’ son is named Archie.

    Point being, even though a lot of us (myself included) are interested in the Royal Family, most Brits aren’t. So this survey isn’t surprising.

    • ArtHistorian says:

      when I studied in studied in England no one I knew were interested in the royals at all. In any of them.

      • Dizzy says:

        I agree. I lived in London for 2 years. Nobody cares about the Royal Family and many want a Republic. I hear more about them from outside of the country.

    • Penguin says:

      I saw that episode too! I’ve always felt that people abroad are far more interested in the Royal family as individuals than in the UK itself. Like no one has those Queen tea towels or whatever in their house :D

    • Hfft says:

      That’s interesting. I’m an American with a masters in Heritage Studies, so my interest is sort of historical/ cultural standpoint. I think for most Americans it’s more of a curiosity factor given that from a young age we’re told America was born from the fight against oppression ( the truth is obviously much more complicated). It fascinates us how monarchy and primogeniture works in the UK. It’s also less intimidating to follow given similarities in language making the stories more accessible.

      With that said, I can’t imagine increased subscribers in any market based on this deal. With the pandemic, I’d imagine an increase happened months ago. I do wonder if the UKs issues with BBC will show a shift as people stop paying the fees.

    • T.Fanty says:

      As a Brit, I can say that I’m not really interested. I enjoy following the royal family in the tabloids, but I have no interest in what any of them have to say. I live in America and all of my American friends are WAY more interested in the royal family than I am. I just don’t see how a group of people whose only qualifications are that they were born into or married into immense wealth and privilege have much of value to add to anything. And that’s across the board.

      • Bohemian Angel says:

        No one here talks about the ‘royals’ on a regular basis except royalists and the media. I’ve never been that interested in them myself until Meghan showed up plus I already had a soft spot for Harry and somewhat William, (although I now detest the guy and he’s lazy entitled wife).
        I seriously had no opinion of that family one way or the other until Diana died, I thought after that any woman wanting to marry into that circus must have a screw loose, (sorry Meg).
        I can not stand any of them now and am a staunch Republican and can’t wait for them to be abolished although this may never happen as not many people pay attention so they can get on with their lives collecting tax payer money.
        I am of French/French Creole descent and I applaud my true countrymen for getting rid of the monarchy in France. In 2020 royal families are outdated and should have no place in the modern world where we are trying to implement equality. Vive la France! I miss you and am coming back to you soon!!!

    • Anna Luc says:

      So, Pointless is a reverse Family Fued – where the most popular answers win.

      Remember, in the US we are introduced to the RF via Shakespeare – high Art and all that. So we are here for the drama.

    • Babsorig says:

      Meh, I personally think neither did the Sussexes really consider the UK that much as their sole target when they signed for this deal (sorry UK peeps) and I don’t mean this in any negative way. Which really means this little poll AND/OR all the “I don’t care about them Sussexes” posts is/are very pointless. They probably thought (the pollsters) that they gonna put this little bit out there and the Sussexes will hear about it and spend the rest of their days weeping into their tea or coffee because the UK peeps are not interested. Just ridiculous. Look, a very large percentage of artists MOVE from their own countries to the US to “make it” and that includes British artists and there is a reason for that. Much as many might be famous in their own countries, they really become ” famous” once they start performing and get famous in the United States (shrugs), its just what it is. I believe the Sussexes’ target is mostly the US and once they “make it” in the US, the rest of the world will be theirs to conquer.
      Secondly, if I got a $ for every post on here or any tabloid article that told us how nobody in the UK is interested in the the Sussexes tada, tada, tada, I’d be a millionaire. yet, Meg’s Vogue edition made history and it was mostly bought by UK peeps. The Cookbook was a bestseller both in the US AND in the UK. Scobie’s book FF IS a bestseller in the UK. So much for nobody really being interested.

    • Gunna says:

      Yep. In the UK the royals are popular with the Hyacinth Bucket types and people who don’t want the trashy gossip about them to end. Being into the royals for anyone under 60 is like being into The Real Housewives, you’re just there for drama and entertainment, it’s not about actually liking them and what they represent.

      For everyone else they’re an afterthought at best. In London especially no one gives a damn, and I’d bet you could find countless people on the streets who aren’t even aware Harry and Meghan have left let alone have any interest in their projects.

      • Dali says:

        Yesterday evening i watched a german gameshow (schlag den star) , two popular women, one an actress, the other a celebrity for 20+ years. They had to answer questions after shown pictures of people or a group and one person was missing. They had to answer who is missing on the picture. The Cambridges came up, all 5 of them with Prince George missing, none of them knew the name of Prince George. I was baffled. But it shows again that in Europe not much people are interested in royals. I wasn’t either but im a decade long CB reader so i know more about them then i want ;-) i enjoy the gossip but generally i don’t care, to me monarchy is useless. The British Royals are an expensive prestige project for Britain so they can still feel superior.

        But i understand why Americans are more interested in them. If harry married a brit, americans wouldn’t be interested that much either. It also helps that Meghan is very pretty and charming. It fits perfectly to the fairytale.

      • Dali says:

        Doing a poll 2 days after announcing this project Shows the nastiness of this whole monarchy thing and how much they are hurt that anyone would leave freely. That’s what i meant with superior. They think beeing a royal is the ultimate of being a human. It’s so ridiculous and childish, it only cemented my thoughts about monarchy.

      • BabsORIG says:

        Ha ha ha 😂😂😂@Gunna, the kinds of comments like yrs reeeaaly amuse me. Just speak for yrself, you have no idea what the rest of the UK feels about these people their royals. A large percentage of American fans became fans because of Meghan, and a good number of us don’t loose our sleep over them like some people seem to insinuate. On the flip side, the monarchy is very popular among AAAAALLLL British peeps, very. Why do you think republic has failed to gain footing in this little island? It’s because the Brits/English want their monarchy. Many tell us how tons of Brits are now for republic blah blah blah, c’mon now, that can’t be any further from the truth because, none of the UK polls reflect any strength of any republic sentiment. Talk to us once the Brits ever vote to abolish the monarchy, but until then, these condescending comments about how only the “Hyacinth Bucket types are the only ones interested in the royals” are just plain stupid.

      • Dali says:

        @basorig yes you are right, many love their monarchy, my guess is because it gives them the feeling still being THE GREAT BRITAIN. But, that doesn’t mean they are that much interested to hear about this family all the time or following whatever they do. They take them for granted. They are perfect souvenirs for the tourists ;-) i mean, most people i know who are interested in royals (European royals) at all are 60+ years.
        I for example never knew what royals are doing anyway, CB is covering all of their engagements, i dont see this anywhere else. So i guess not many people are interested (except here or the fail?) im what they do? But im no expert.

      • ArtHistorian says:

        My interest in the BRF is purely for the drama – they are a dysfunctional train wreck and it has its own entertainment value. They are the royal soap opera of Europe. It is entertaining but they should be embarrassed. I’d be totally ticked if I were British though.

        Regarding the RF of my own country (Denmark) – I love the Queen, not because she’s the Queen but because Daisy is interesting and she doesn’t cultivate this disinterested remoteness that her British counterpart does (which makes QEII supremely boring IMO). Daisy is an artist, she’s witty and she’s very knowledgeable about a lot of things. I love watching documentaries about her or Danish royal stuff (gardens, estates, jewels, etc) because she’s just a delight to watch. Plus, she has a wacky sense of fashion.

        I like following CP Mary because she does good and interesting work + she has great fashion game (honestly the best fashion game among the European royals IMO). Her husband, the future monarch, however, is just not that interesting. He comes across as pretty laid back and a genuinely nice guy but still nowhere near as interesting as his mother. Daisy will be a VERY tough act to follow.

        I never paid much attention to Joachim and Marie – but recently they have been whining in the tabloids and I need them to shut up. Though I give them props for doing it directly and not through anonymous palace aides like the British RF’s do. They have become what the British Press want Harry and Meghan to be.

  7. Abby says:

    That’s an amazingly quick turnaround for a poll on news that just came out yesterday. 🧐

    The majority of British people I know (including my BIL) aren’t interested in the royals. At all.

    But I do think there will be a huge audience for them, which includes me!

    • booboocita says:

      Yeah, I really wonder about the quick turnaround on that poll. How carefully was the survey instrument constructed? What size was the sample, and how representative was it of the general population? Hmmmm …

    • pottymouth pup says:

      I’m trying to figure out how you can accurately gauge interest in their projects when you don’t really have enough details about any of those projects to know what they’ll be about. Sure you can say, superficially, that you wouldn’t specifically be interested in a project b/c of H&M’s involvement but the project may be on a subject matter deeply interesting to you so while your interest in the project may not be related to H&M’s involvement, you’d still be interested in the project regardless of their involvement

  8. Atti says:

    I’m glad they have work but nobody I know is interested in… vague future netflix content.

    When its more specific and stuff, thats when people are interested.

  9. February-Pisces says:

    As a Brit myself, I’m Netflix all the way and don’t do Prime. Lol at the survey, the saltiness is real. Seriously we’ll see what the real interest is when their program launches and it’s no1 on Netflix. I’ll watch it on repeat if I have to.

  10. Vanessa says:

    This is just a Nasty and underhanded way for the media to try to rain on Meghan and Harry parade they didn’t know anything before the deal . And all of suddenly they spoken to all of Britain and no one will watched I’m curious on how many people of color they talked to or woman of color did they only interviewed people who know they don’t like Meghan or Harry the baby boomer and the racist.

  11. Sarah says:

    Sounds like they surveyed people in the DM comments. We don’t actually know what they’ll be doing yet so it’s hard to judge of I’ll want to watch it. Hypothetically, I’d be fascinated to watch a documentary about the Hubb kitchen but less so Invictus. I know neither of those is likely but my point is that I wouldn’t watch anything purely because one of them was involved!

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I want to see a documentary on the Hubb Kitchen and the whole aftermath of the Grenfell Disaster. Sorta of a “Where are the Survivors Now?” type program.

  12. Mirage says:

    A survey of 2713 adults.
    It’s laughable.

    • Mac says:

      That is actually a rather large sample size for a survey. Check out the polling at 538 and you can see typical sample sizes.

    • NSilver says:

      What’s laughable is seeing these clueless comments about polling sizes every time the survey results don’t fit people’s agendas.

    • Where'sMyTiara says:

      That’s more people than responded to KKKatie’s “Struggle survey”, innit?

      I love the whole “Netflix isn’t as popular as Prime UK” thing. I wonder if the Royal Reporters watch Prime?

      Because you know what I found on Prime recently? Tony Robinson (Baldrick of Blackadder fame) presenting a show on the “true royal family”, a 2004 documentary titled “Britain’s Real Monarch”. They’ve basically found proof that the entire Tudor/Stuart/Hanoverian/Windsor line is illegitimate.

      Henry VII was from an illegitimate line (John of Gaunt + a mistress), and to boost his credibility he married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, who claimed descent from Edward III.
      Only Edward IV was illegitimate. They proved it via a record in Rouen cathedral… The 5 week period in which he could have been conceived, his father the Duke of York was on a military campaign and masses were being said for his safe return. So looks like Duchess Cecily was knocked up by that archer after all!

      The descendants of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury who was the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, are the true heirs of the throne. And they (Earls of Loudoun) have been living in the outback of Australia since 1960. And they’re pro-republic. Long live King Michael I.

      Good news for Harry, who is by all accounts pretty well sick of it all… bad news for Richard, Penny, and all the ‘royals’ and their courtiers… because the headlines they’re chasing are all a sham; the entire family is a sham.

  13. Izzy says:

    LMAO sure Jan. Now survey the rest of the Commonwealth and see what you get.

  14. Lyn says:

    How odd. The news came out only on Wednesday and yet by Thursday they polled thousands of people to get a hood enougj sample. How?

    I used to take YouGov seriously but they are looking seriously shady. No respectable pollster will have a credible poll with that quick turnaround. And this isnt the first poll thats nonsensical like this.

    Also, they just dont seem to get how globally Harry and Meghan are operating now. They were before but now they are so far beyond the country and the only people that cant see it are those within it.

    And I saw a video of Biden and other pictures at the 2014 invictus, he was very friendly with Harry. I think they have also had other contacts. The UK are busy alienating Harry when he could be an asset in the event of a Biden presidency. For a country that is going to need a lot of good will, trade deals etc from Jan 2021 they are very short sighted.

    • Desmond says:

      … but … Harry wouldn’t really be an asset in the event of a Biden presidency. That’s a big stretch. I mean… c’mon. Because Biden showed up 6 years ago at the Invictus games? Nah.

    • lisanne says:

      Trade deals are about money, influence/power, and security. Biden is a friendly guy but if he is elected, those things will be foremost in his mind. The US/UK “special relationship” was always about those things, with a tiny bit of sentiment towards some shared culture, democratic norms, language.

  15. Becks1 says:

    LOL, they don’t need the salty Brits to watch. The rest of the world will tune in.

  16. gm says:

    I interpret this as a positive, despite British media being all down on the Netflix deal the public does not care. My guess is like the rest of the world, perhaps more concerned with COVID, the economy…

  17. Lucylee says:

    Enough salty tears being shed by BM to process all the hams in the world for the foreseeable future.

  18. AliV says:

    Netflix is far bigger in the UK than Prime.

  19. Frazer says:

    I’m in the UK and honestly Netflix is a big deal here, but YouGov is not a really reliable source. I think that people are saying they aren’t interested on there because we are heading into the Brexit fiasco and all our mismanagement of Covid just means that they aren’t interested in a series that nobody knows anything about. I wish Harry and Meghan well!

  20. Lisa says:

    You Gov is owned by Tories so it’s always gonna support the status quo. Poll questions can be slanted and results repurposed as needed.

  21. LizzieI t says:

    I don’t think this survey means much. Right now we only know about the concept, once content is created then you can measure if people are interested or not. This survey may as well just ask to you like Harry and Meghan.

  22. Penguin says:

    I’m not sure how interested or uninterested British people are in Meghan and Harry’s Netflix deal, but I think your assertion that Prime is bigger in the UK is false, from my own experience. Most of my friends (which are in the 25-35 braket) subscribe to Netflix and watch what most of the world probably watches (the Crown, Stranger Things etc). If anything I’d say the biggest of them all is Now TV/SKY which is like HBO maybe? It’s important to take Daily Mail reporting and their various cronies with a very significant pinch of salt as they are known to overhype near enough everything. They have a very wide readership, this is true, but I think most people open the Daily Mail website when they go to the bathroom, which is where it belongs anyway.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      Penguin, Is it true that most people buy or subscribe to the print edition of the Daily Mail mostly to get the daily telly schedules and telly reviews? I have been told this by a British friend who subscribes to the print edition of the Daily Mail.

      • Mynameispearl says:

        I actually don’t know anyone who still buys a paper to check the TV schedule anymore lol! Even my mother has mastered the guide function on her telly (a miracle!).

      • Penguin says:

        Their website doesn’t have a paywall, so you dont pay to read their news (good thing too). I usually buy the Sunday Mail for my granny as she likes the telly schedules and other inserts, but she’s the only one I know that wants it 🤣

  23. Tessa says:

    Sounds like the people who abound on Social media and comments threads (who don’t like Meghan and Harry) were the ones surveyed
    . HOw can any judgments be made when there is no announcement of specific projects as jet? Pointless survey.

  24. Sofia says:

    Well yeah. A lot of Brits are indifferent to the royals anyways. If the Cambridges got this deal, the numbers would more or less be the same. Oh and Netflix is definitely bigger than Prime

    • BayTampaBay says:

      FYI: In the USA if you want the best of Brit, Aussie, NZ and Canadian TV you really need AcornTV AND Britbox. I have them both and it is well worth it!

      • Sofia says:

        @Bay: I live in the UK so I’m good! But surprisingly I don’t watch a lot of “Brit shows”

      • BayTampaBay says:

        I LOVE BRITISH TELLY!

      • Becks1 says:

        I used to have one of those @Bay, and was able to watch Miss fishers crypt of tears on it, but it didn’t have all the seasons of Vera or the last season of Midsomer Murders, and I cant remember which one I had lol. I think I had Acorn? I need to look into it lol. Because I got it just to watch those shows and then couldn’t finish them.

      • BayTampaBay says:

        Becks1 – AcornTV has all seasons of Murdoch Mysteries, Vera, Agatha Raisin and Murdoch Mysteries. Last weekend I binged watched the last two season of Midsomer.

        For the past week when I get home from work, I have been in the process of binge watching all 8 season of Father Brown start-to-finish on BritBox.

        What I cannot find is ‘Happy Valley”. Netflix website says it is on Netflix but I cannot find it through the Netflix search on my TV.

      • Lady D says:

        “surprisingly I don’t watch a lot of “Brit shows” LOL, I’m the same in that I don’t watch a lot of Canadian shows. Almost everything we watch is US based, and I don’t have a problem agreeing it is superior TV viewing.

  25. BayTampaBay says:

    Wrong Place!

  26. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    As a British commentator, can you non-Brits stop recasting us as salty brutes? The majority of the nation is just not interested in the royal family. They don’t worship Meghan the way we do on this site. I’m a massive fan of the Sussexes. But what I’m really worried about, like the vast majority of the country, is how I’m going to earn a living. I’m self employed. I’ve had to sign on to Universal Credit because my income disappeared due to Covid – the rates of which are going up and up. Britain is heading into a recession, if not a depression, under the Tory government AND Brexit. The government is responsible for 60,000 deaths and couldn’t run a bath, let alone a nation – all they’re interested in is asset-stripping and Rule Britannia. The Prime Minister won’t even meet bereaved relatives of Covid victims. An unelected little shite is running the country through him (Dominic Cummings). Once furlough ends the unemployment rates are going to skyrocket. And we’re expecting the second wave from end of September to end of February. Projected deaths are 60-120,000.
    So please forgive us if we’re not interested in Netflix right now. We’re hanging on by the fingernails under a disastrous government. We’re fearing for our livelihoods and our lives. My family and I love the Sussexes and I’ll fangirl Meghan til the cows come home – but please understand. We’re terrified.

    • Mynameispearl says:

      Yeah this is all very true. Nothing on telly would excite anymore here anymore (except potentially a sequel of normal people 😜).

      Maybe when they release something and its something that sounds mega entertaining, yeah why not, I’d watch. But with no details apart from very vague details it’s hard to care. Ooh maybe they could do Selling Sunset, but for PALACES! I’d definitely watch that.

    • Emma says:

      Brit here with both Netflix and Amazon Prime, we watch far more on Netflix, but have Prime as it comes with Amazon deliveries.

      We just have far more important things going on than the Royal Family! Covid 19, Brexit, the economy, job losses etc. to name a few. So if you asked about most issues they’d be little interest right now.

      As for YouGov polls they’re dependent on people answering their calls, which becomes very selective and I’d suggest not always very representative. Who is actually available during day for these type of calls? I’d argue not the average Meghan and Harry supporters.

      Maybe it’s because they’re always there, part of the furniture, we take them for granted. But in our daily lives the Royals little resonance or importance usually, but at current times even less so. I just hope they bring out informative, groundbreaking documentaries reflecting a diverse range of areas.

    • BayTampaBay says:

      @Andrew’s Nemesis – My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis,

      I hope UK media starts reporting seriously on all the matters you mentioned. It’s time for them to stop using the royals as a distraction tactic.

    • Sam says:

      @AndrewsNemesis

      I am worried for you all as well. I wish your news media would actually cover what you mentioned more than they cover a Netflix deal that means nothing in comparison to what you all are going through.

      You all are not salty. The coverage of the Sussexes remains salty even after they have left which people don’t get. Especially in light of what they should be focused on covering.

    • Mei says:

      @ Andrew’s Nemesis – Sorry to hear you’re struggling as someone who is self-employed. Hope things look up for you soon!! I have a friend who wasn’t even able to claim furlough payments because the was categorised as a contracted worker not full time employee by her teaching agency, the government didn’t really care about people who fell though the cracks, they practically said as much on the briefings! Completely agree with your sentiments on the government, their response has been utterly incompetent and it’s astonishing how we’re supposed to be okay with this many people dying needlessly. They are sociopaths through and through.
      I also agree that we have much bigger problems for sure, most people don’t care much about the RF but it gives me happiness that M&H are living their best life in full view of the disgusting racist press we have here in Britain, and I’ll support them both completely and would be happy to watch anything they’re involved in.

      I’d also say it’s Netflix that’s top here, not as many people I know have Prime like we do (we had it for years for deliveries before they added their streaming arm). But then we’ve got Netflix/Prime/NowTV/BBC/Disney+ and watch hardly any tv so may be in the minority!

    • Rachel Karen Green says:

      I agree Andrew’s Nemisis.

      I also object to the views of all Brits being conflated with the coverage by the Daily Mail, The Sun and The Express.

      These are the right-wing, gutter-press of the UK, the objective of which is to drive hatred and division. While they do have an unfortunately large readership, please know that this is the equivalent of judging all Americans by the views expressed by Fox News.

      They do not represent the views of the majority of Britons, just as Fox News does not represent the views of all Americans.

      • Penguin says:

        I think it’s easy to get confused as they only feature prominently in the Daily Mail and others of that media group. It’s pretty rare to see stuff about them in the other papers like The Independent or The Guardian. Those I guess report when there’s news, but otherwise very little. But as other posters have mentioned it’s quite narrow minded to assume that just because the Daily Mail writes about it then the whole country must agree. Especially on a topic as trivial as the Royal family which most people barely pay any attention to.

      • ABritGuest says:

        I think Brits care about the royal family much more than they will admit. Yes some people don’t follow them religiously but I think a lot of non royal watchers would be put out if they tried to get rid of them because of ‘tradition’ etc. a large amount of people found a lot of reassurance from that Queen speech around Covid. Whilst interest goes up and down & has had a resurgence with Meghan’s arrival- it’s the ultimate soap opera for the country& I think a huge symbol.

        Whilst the Fail& other outlets probably get a lot of views from royal stories from overseas& the various royal podcasts have popped up likely to also cater to the foreign audience, The Guardian & Independent have also been doing loads of royal stories. A lot of U.K. weekly womens magazines have royal stories on the front page. Finding Freedom was a Sunday Times bestseller, the British tv shows like Jeremy Vine, Lorraine& This Morning seem to have daily royal segments, Anne’s birthday documentary was trending on U.K. twitter and Channel 5 seems to have a weekly documentary on the family. We wouldn’t see all this if people were largely indifferent in the UK

    • Jean says:

      I am so sorry. Brexit, Covid and leadership issues…..your country is having it harder than other European nations. Bad timing for Brexit. I am so sorry.

  27. Veronica S. says:

    LOL, well, I don’t think it’s who they were after, anyway. Americans have the runaway majority of Netflix subscriptions (which, of course we do), so that’s really whose interest they’re playing toward. The royal family is a part of the life in the UK. To Americans, it’s more of a gossip novelty, so it’s bound to be more interesting to us.

  28. Mich says:

    What a weird survey. Since we don’t know what the content matter is how do people know whether or not they would be interested in watching?

  29. Mina_Esq says:

    Hahaha they can’t get over the fact that H&M don’t need them anymore! Oh nooos, a small market of salty bitc*s won’t watch, says a streaming service with a billion subscribers 😂

  30. Peanutbuttr says:

    Its not hard to throw polls together in a matter of hours. My company once used the services of one of the famous dem pollsters for some crisis management issues and we called them Tuesday night, got our survey finalized by Wednesday afternoon and got a key findings memo by Thursday noon.

  31. What eating you says:

    Netflix has over 130 million subscribers. I don’t think that they care about what British thinks to be honest. Brits aren’t even into the duchess of baby Botox and the Norfolk Community Peen, if they were then Kate’s little five question survey would have been an success and more people would have tuned into wondering willys podcast where he jokes about an Uber driver being frisked.

    Furthermore, whatever the Sussex’s so have the potential to do good. On one hand you have the Sussex squad and other who are interested in what there going to do next and on the other hand you have the haters who will watch whatever they produce in order to criticize it with the likes of piss Morgan and dan rotten losing there minds on Twitter.

  32. paranormalgirl says:

    I’ll be interested once I know what the content will be

  33. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Honestly? Who cares. The world is big. Netflix is global and so is the interest in the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

  34. candy says:

    I didn’t know the obamas had a netflix deal until the sussex deal was announced. I enjoyed crip camp, but had no idea it was an obama production. I tried watching Becoming twice, but could not finish it. I think it’s like anything else, people will have mixed reactions. Unless they make murder documentaries, I’ll probably give it only a passing chance. I am very glad they’ll be making nature documentaries. In spite of all our social problems, at the end of the day we might not have an earth to live on soooo.

  35. Yamayo says:

    To be fair it’s a bit hard to be interested in a vague press release with no actual content.

    Having lived in the UK all my life I have to say I find all the Royals rather bland.
    Harry was always more of a lad and more gregarious so as such more noticeable, but not particularly bright.
    I’ll be quite curious to see what he brings to the table.

    • candy says:

      They’ll start with a sure thing and move into more risky projects. My bet is an invictus documentary released before the games. It will be a hit.

      • Snuffles says:

        Ooh, you’re right! I could easily see an Invictus Games documentary already in the works and was probably included in the deal.

  36. S808 says:

    Did they really throw together a poll within a few hours to show people in the uk don’t care? Embarrassing.

  37. Cookie says:

    But is it really that surprising, or even that big a deal, if people aren’t interested? The kind of programming that would appeal the most to an American viewer would be the celebrity aspect, and Harry and Meghan can’t exactly go KUWTK on us. So I’m betting they’ll go more the documentary/issues route, and honestly it’s hard for the average person to muster a lot of enthusiasm for some abstract educational programming. Their past experience doesn’t give a great indication of what kind of format it will be, so I think we’re all just going to have to wait and see what projects they actually take on before we pass any kind of judgment.

  38. Likeyoucare says:

    I hope the sussex make a documentary about underage sex trafficking featuring Prince Andrew. It will surely make them recieved lots of awards.

  39. Amanda says:

    I used to work market research in between college and uni and polls can be put together very quickly. You just give a call centre a script and 12 hours – it can be done very easily.

    Netflix is huge here, but honestly I’m not surprised with the polling figures. Brits have serious Royal Family fatigue and that goes for all of them, probably barring the Queen.

  40. TheOriginalMia says:

    Does it really matter if the Brits aren’t interested? And how can they know what will interest them when nothing has been produced yet? Just feel like this is another attempt to slam on the Sussexes. Who cares if one nation watches their stuff or not? The rest of the world will.

  41. clairej says:

    I have always thought America to have the biggest Royal Family fascination. I am in NZ so we grew up with the family hanging over us and I am with an Australian and have heard his families view on the Royals. Aside from The Queen and maybe Diana no one is that interested in them. We get excited if anyone visits – Harry and William get good press. Charles and Camilla won people over on their last visit, but I honestly don’t know anyone who would get excited over the Netflix deal. But that’s just my circle.

  42. Ferdinand says:

    I mean. I’ve never been interested in the royals either. And I think they get too much attention around here (this site). I miss the old days when royals were featured every now and then. Now they’re everywhere in the news feed. I get that people might find them interesting, but it’s just too much.

    Anyways, I’ll read other non royal related gossip (the little there is left) Just came here because of the title.

  43. L4frimaire says:

    Based on that poll, maybe the British press can leave them to work and produce in peace. They don’t even have any programming out yet so it’s not like there’s anything to watch. Seriously if all they do are Hallmark style romance series, sports docs, and cooking shows, that’s fine with me too. It will be more than that, so they can stop speculating because they are usually wrong.

  44. Mariane says:

    Disappointed to see THR reportingthis. The establishment is so afraid of their success. They’re going against the norm of what ‘royals’ are supposed to be and ofcourse them having control will upset those that were hoping to have it over them.
    @Kaiser YouGov is not reliable and has proven to be heavily edited especially when it comes to opinion on the tories.
    Netflix will benefit greatly from this deal. Just look at how many subscribers disney got because of elephant+the success of rising phoenix.

  45. Sam says:

    No,Netflix is far more popular here than amazon prime.I have both but all of my family and friends have Netflix.As for Harry and Meghan,I doubt they care.I like them,wish them the best and will support once anything comes out but the majority of the public are concerned about a lot of other more important things.
    I also think its very weird Yougov keeps creating polls about their life.Im surprised I haven’t see a poll about their new house

  46. Chelsea says:

    This reminds me of when conservatives threatened to boycott Netflix over the Obama deal and when Brits were furious about Meghan guest editing British Vogue and we know how that turned out.

    At the end of the day if no Brits cared about Meghan and Harry their press wouldn’t write so many articles about them or constantly talk about them on tv and radio. And its honestly so weird how they talk about them so much when H&M themselves haven’t really talked about the UK or their exit since they left, but these reporters want to believe so bad that everything they say and do is about the UK and that obsession is keeping their names in the news and raising their asking price.

    People dont seem to get that hate views are still views; the only thing that matters is money.

  47. Mariane says:

    @ALWAYS ANON if that’s a serious question then I suggest you goggle yougov tory bias. The fact that it’s made by Conservatives (Shakespeare & zahawi) is just the tip of the iceberg and reputable papers hinted that their anti croybn tactics might’ve influenced voters.

  48. Chilicat says:

    Just want to say prime isn’t bigger than Netflix over here LOL. Everyone I know has Netflix, I know about 3 people with prime, and they have it for either free delivery or premier league football. That is all.

  49. KellyRyan says:

    I’ve had Netflix since last December and pleased with it. The Crown, Grace and Frankie, Better Call Saul, etc. My husband’s watching Ozark, loves westerns. Meets our needs. Prime, no thank you. As to the British productions, Last Tango in Halifax was enjoyable. I enjoyed Doc Martin enough to purchase the series. We have PBS, no charge, part of our cable subscription, UK productions are common. Poldark another series I enjoyed. H&M will reach a global market with Netflix. Excellent choice.

  50. kerwood says:

    Then I guess it’s a good thing for the Sussex family that Great Britain is a small island in a large world. Do any television or film projects, other than the ones produced in/for Britain, base their decisions on content on what the British people think?

  51. Sarah says:

    We’re too poor and hungry to care

  52. WalnutWhip says:

    I used to answer YouGov surveys and polls. You earn points (which you can eventually trade in for cash) for completing weekly surveys on general news / topics, and occasional sponsored ones pertaining to specific campaigns. So it’s actually realistic that they turned around this survey within days – they just add the question on to the weekly omnibus survey. Also 2k+ responses is huge for a representative sample. They know *a lot* about their audiences based on high participation and buy-in, so the data is very reliable.

    I live in the UK (am Irish, so naturally anti-royalist, although I v.much sympathise with the Sussexes) and can honestly say that while average Brits might have a vague sense of the gossip, they generally *do not* give a shit about Harry, Meghan nor the wider BRF. Tabloid readership is big, sure (3m+ in print alone) – but it’s still a fraction of the population.