Despite leaving the royal family nearly two years ago, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beat Prince William and Kate Middleton to take the top honors.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently emerged as the most ‘talked-about’ royals of the year.
As the Express reports, new data revealed that Google searches for the couple were 64% higher than any other royal couple, including Will and Kate.
Meghan and Harry topped the study by Lucky Creek, which analyzed global data from Google Trends for 2021.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in particular were 367% more searched this year than William and Kate, according to research.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who were recently crowned as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, stepped down from royal duties last year.
The two now live in the United States where they currently lead a “financially independent” life away from business with their two children, Archie and Lillibet.
After leaving the family, the couple sat down for an explosive interview with American chat show Oprah Winfrey, where they made big claims against their time as royals.
The data shows that interest in the couple at that time peaked.
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The study also found that the interview was the most talked-about royal moment of 2021, with 556% more sought than any other royal event.
The interview also went beyond Prince Philip’s funeral, the second most talked-about royal story of the year.
A Lucky Creek spokesperson said of the results: “Meghan and Harry’s departure from active royal life in 2020 sent shock waves around the world and this data shows their influence only grows.
“It’s been an incredibly eventful year for the entire royal family and it’s fascinating to see Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah Winfrey as the most talked-about royal moment of the year.
“It’s really a testament to the couple’s influence that they’ve captured the world’s attention despite very little public appearances.”