Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left a lot of British people feeling 'betrayed and abandoned' after they fled the UK last year, a royal expert has claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they would be stepping back from senior royal duties on January 8, 2020.

Since their departure from The Firm and subsequent controversial move to California, the ex-royals' popularity in the UK has been in steady decline, according to polls.

Gertrude Daly, who runs the Gert's Royal podcast, claims the couple "weren’t there for the British people when they needed them most".

Gertrude Daly told Daily Star: "As for their popularity in the UK, polls have shown it has plummeted.

"I think a lot of British people feel a bit betrayed and abandoned.

"While the other royals were busy throughout the pandemic and visible to the British people, the Sussexes weren’t there for the British people when they needed them most."

The royal commentator suggests the ex-royal couple have focused more on their American and international audience, leaving the UK a thing of the past.

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"The Sussexes were holed up in their California mansion during the pandemic, and when they did make an appearance it was usually not to support a UK project," Gertrude said.

She added: "The Sussexes focus over the last year has very much been on the US and internationally, and building that fan base.

"And the US is definitely where their focus is. As 'service is universal,' it means they no longer need to be focused on the UK, instead they can be of service anywhere."

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The podcaster brings attention says she hass heard "Brits and Americans describe the couple as 'Americans' now'".

A few weeks ago the couple shared a list of mental health resources to help their fans through "this difficult time," but Gertrude says "they did not include a single mental health UK resource."

"Even through, Prince Harry, pre-departure, had been involved in the mental health community in the UK for years and would be very familiar with many resources there," Gertrude said.

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