Taxpayers should NOT cover Harry and Meghan's security bills voters in our poll say

A survey carried out in Canada suggests that 77% of people there don’t think Canadian taxpayers should stump up for the security of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 12:56 pm
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 1:32 pm
Harry, Meghan and Archie are off to Canada. But should they pay for their own security? Picture from PA.

Harry and Meghan are to spend half of their time there. So we asked readers in our Facebook poll the same question: “Do you think taxpayers’ money should cover the costs?”

At the time of writing around 1,300 people had voted with just 8% saying yes, 92% no. Here are some of the comments we received.

Ange Harrison said: “I’m fairly sure they moved to Canada to be financially independent, so I don’t think Canadians are expected to pay for anything.”

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John Pountney said: “As an expat and royalist living in Canada, welcome. However, I made a decision to come here to live and work, therefore I have to pay my way ... and they should too.”

Mary Pinder asked? “Why should police security run round after them to go for shopping and takeaways?”

“They are not doing any royal duties now, they have their own money, so let them pay for it themselves. She wears the trousers.”

Ethel Baldasara thinks: “They have chosen to do what they want, then they should grow up and join the real world where people have to pay their own bills; not expect to get everything they want free just because of the lottery of birth.”

Eileen Joyce said simply: “They have plenty of money so they should pay for it themselves.”