Most Canadians refuse to pay for Harry's safety, Meghan

MONTREAL: A clear feeling that your country doesn't have to pay for Prince Harry and his wife Markle, who settled in British Columbia.

Seventy-seven percent of the people surveyed by Nanos Research, for CTV, believe that the taxpayer Candian does not have to pay for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex because they are not in Canada as representatives of the Queen.

Canada is a parliamentary monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II is the current head of state.

Only 19 percent of Canadians would not oppose their country to assume a share of security costs.

There has been no official announcement about the question of security for Prince Harry and Meghan, or who will cover the bill, now that they have officially left the royal family.

The Canadian authorities have only indicated that discussions were taking place.

More than two thirds of Canadians feel that the privacy of the couple and their little son will be more respected in Canada than in Britain.

But Harry and Meghan - who live in Victoria, on Vancouver Island - are taking no chances: last month they issued a legal warning to media over photographs of the duchess out walking her dogs with Archie, their son.

His lawyers said the images were taken without Meghan's consent, the BBC reported, and the couple was prepared to take legal action.

Perhaps the most worrying thing for the long-term couple is that only 32 percent of the respondents were strongly in favor of maintaining ties with the royal family and the state of their country as a constitutional monarchy. 28% said they only supported that option.

And 35 percent would be more or less in favor of abolishing ties with the British monarchy.

The survey was conducted by phone and online, with a sample of 1,003 Canadians and a margin of error of 3.1%.