Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton. Photo: REUTERS/Blair Gable

PRINCE William has become the most popular royal in recent history, according to a poll.

The 30-year-old is streets ahead of the Queen, rated second most popular, his wife Kate and even his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

Prince Harry is rated third most popular, demonstrating how important younger members of the family have become in the monarchy. It also suggests a desire, particularly among younger people, for the House of Windsor to skip a generation, with the Queen being followed by her grandson rather than her son and heir, Prince Charles.

Asked which members of the Royal Family they liked best, just 21 per cent in the poll by King’s College London/Ipsos Mori chose the 64-year-old future king, making him fifth in the rankings.

William was rated the most popular royal by 62 per cent, the Queen by 48 and Prince Harry by 36. Kate was fourth with 23 per cent. Princess Diana’s highest score in such polls was 47 per cent. Least popular was Prince Edward, rated by just 1 per cent. - Daily Mail