More than three-quarters of Canadians are against taxpayers having to pay security costs for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to live there, according to a new poll.
The Great White North appears mostly receptive to the couple living there, and more than two-thirds think they will get more privacy, too, according to the poll commissioned by CTV News.
But a “clear consensus” of 77 percent insisted that Candian taxpayers should not bankroll the security costs because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not there as representatives of the Queen, the poll shows.
That sentiment was strongest in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, CTV said.
Only 19 percent told the Nanos Research poll they would be OK with paying for the security, which is predicted to run into the millions. Some 4 percent of the 1,003 polled said they were undecided, CTV said.
More than half thought the Queen had done a good job handling the scandal, with 21 percent of those thinking she had actually done a very good job. Women and older Canadians were most likely to approve, CTV said.
However, only 32 percent unreservedly supported Canada maintaining its ties with the Royal Family, with another 28 percent “somewhat supporting” it, the poll showed.
In fact, 15 percent said they are somewhat opposed to maintaining the monarchy — and 20 percent said they were outright opposed, CTV said.