‘Superstar’ Kate Middleton twice as popular as Meghan Markle in US

Kate Middleton has beaten Meghan Markle in the battle for America's most popular Duchess.

The Duchess of Cambridge bagged around 68 percent of votes, while Meghan secured just 31 percent, the Sun revealed.

The disastrous defeat for Ms Markle comes as Prince William and Kate Middleton plan their first trip to the US since 2014.

As well as the stateside visit, the couple are expected to visit the Caribbean later in the year as part of their Queen's Platinum Jubilee tour.

The trip is a bid to rebuild the monarchy's popularity in the Caribbean, after one nation decided to cut ties with the Royal Family and become a republic earlier this year, Express reports.

The Firm, as the royal family is known, has reportedly been concerned that the decision made by Barbados could lead other nations to consider the need for the monarchy in their country.

In response to the recent US survey, royal commentator Christopher Andersen suggested that Kate Middleton has an ability to connect with Americans.

He said: "Kate has become an even bigger superstar without ever setting foot here.

"She embodies everything Americans expect in a princess destined to become Queen — beauty, grace, regal bearing and the ability to connect."

"Whatever royal scandal is making headlines, the Duchess of Cambridge sails above it all," Andersen added.

Polls in the UK also show that Kate is a favourite among citizens at home too.

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Opinion polls conducted in the UK also suggest Kate Middleton is a fan favourite.

She registered a popularity rating of 65 percent in Britain, according to YouGov.

Meaning that the Duchess is only just trailing behind the Queen, on 76 percent. Prince William is on 66 percent in the UK.

Princess Anne is far behind on 56 percent – but still ahead of Prince Harry and Prince Charles.

Shockingly, Meghan Markle is sitting on a popularity rating of just 26 percent in the UK.

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