Harry and Meghan won second place in a survey of the most respected high profile figures (Image: REUTERS)

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Meghan Markle has overtaken other senior members of the royal family to become the third most respected after the Queen.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, came in third place in a survey of the most respected royals by mental health charity Stem4.

She came just behind her husband Prince Harry, 36, with both of them then beaten by Her Majesty the Queen, who won the top spot.

The survey asked 1,000 teenagers and young adults who they found most popular in different categories, Yahoo News reports.

The Queen topped the list of royals, with 25 per cent of the vote, while Harry and Meghan came second at 22 and 21 per cent respectively.

Prince William, 38, and his wife Kate Middleton, 39, meanwhile won 10 and 11 per cent of the vote.

The Queen topped the list of most respected high profile figures among royal family members
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David Attenborough was ranked most popular in a different category looking at inspiring figures, at 54 per cent.

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The positive results for the Sussexes come despite Harry and Meghan making international headlines in the past few months with their public attacks against The Firm.

Dr Nihara Krause, founder and chief executive at Stem4, was quoted saying: "To earn the respect of young people today you don’t need to earn a fortune or have good looks.

"It’s far more important that you show bravery, resilience, and compassion for others and for nature.

"Those are certainly qualities the Queen shares with some of the other names on this list such as David Attenborough and Marcus Rashford. "

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex overtook Prince William and Kate who got 10 and 11 per cent of the vote respectively
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The survey comes as tensions have heightened among the Sussexes and other members of the royal family ever since Harry and Meghan quit their lives as senior royals in March last year.

Relations were then exacerbated by their bombshell interview to US chat star Oprah Winfrey, during which they accused a senior member of the royal family of racism.

The couple claimed concerns had been raised about how dark their son Archie's skin tone would be before he was born.

They also said Meghan was not given then mental health support she needed while pregnant with her first child and living at the palace, where she said she felt suicidal.

The interview was followed by a series of podcasts and other public conversations in which Prince Harry said his life as a royal was a "nightmare".

He also accused the family of "total neglect" when it came to helping his family from online attacks, and likened his life as senior royal to The Truman show.

It is hoped, however, that William and Harry will come together for the unveiling of their mother Diana's statue in July.

The event will be held to commemorate the Princess of Wales on what would've been her 60th birthday.