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, 12:55 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 11:59 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 over 500 people had voted with just 7% saying yes, 93% no. Here are some of the comments we received.

Craig Lister said: “Thought they were independent now. Let them fund their security like the rest of us would do if we needed protection.”

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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.”

Brian Goodman said: “They are millionaires many times over, yet we still have to pay for this royal family.”

Susan Goldsbrough’s thoughts were: “Not that this vote will mean anything! Nobody takes any notice of what the people think.”

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.”

Anne Bingham said: “While I respect their decision, they have to stand on their own two feet and pay for it themselves.”