Three quarters of Brits say Harry and Meghan should receive NO public money with 61% saying the duke should be removed from the line of succession, MailOnline poll reveals

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Three quarters of Brits say Harry and Meghan should receive no money from the public purse and the majority would see them removed from the line of succession, new exclusive polling for MailOnline has revealed today.

Just 15 per cent of people believe the Duke and Duchess should be entitled to taxpayer-funded security and other costs, while an overwhelming majority of 74 per cent said they should pay for everything themselves. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from their roles as senior royals in 2020, insisting they wanted to work towards ‘financial independence’ before they later complained of being cut off by the Royals.

Today’s survey also shows that respondents have a dim view of the Sussexes’ claim to throne, with the vast majority believing they should be booted out of the line of succession completely.

As the second child of King Charles III, Prince Harry is fifth in line to the throne after his brother, Prince William, nephews Princes George and Louis, and niece Princess Charlotte. 

Meghan meanwhile is not in line for the throne – much like the Princess of Wales – but her two children with Harry, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, are sixth and seventh.

A year on from the Queen’s death – her funeral being the last engagement Harry and Meghan attended alongside the Royal Family – the public have had their say on the US-based Duke and Duchess.

T he survey also shows that respondents have a dim view of the Sussexes' claim to throne, with the vast majority believing they should be booted out of the line of succession completely

T he survey also shows that respondents have a dim view of the Sussexes’ claim to throne, with the vast majority believing they should be booted out of the line of succession completely 

Just 15 per cent of people asked said they the Duke and Duchess should be entitled to taxpayer-funded security and other costs (Harry pictured in the UK on Thursday)

Just 15 per cent of people asked said they the Duke and Duchess should be entitled to taxpayer-funded security and other costs (Harry pictured in the UK on Thursday)

A year on from Queen Elizabeth II's death, the British public have had their say on the US-based Duke and Duchess

A year on from Queen Elizabeth II’s death, the British public have had their say on the US-based Duke and Duchess

While Harry and Meghan remain low in the national esteem, likely as a result of the attacks on his family and the institution since he ceased being a working royal – the Prince’s older brother and his wife have come out as the most popular royals. 

While the ‘spare’ has fallen out of favour with the public, with growing support to remove Prince Harry from the line of succession, more people would like to see the heir take the reins from his father sooner rather than later.

Those who believe Charles should have become King when the Queen died, compared to those who would have preferred William, is approaching parity, 43 per cent and 41 per cent respectively, as his eldest son’s popularity increases and his holds steady.

Charles should remain King until he dies, according to 41 per cent of respondents – whereas the number of people who believe William should become king before he dies or even immediately has risen to 45 per cent.

The poll shows that Britons largely believe William has done well in a year where he lost his grandmother, faced more brutal attacks from his brother Harry.

In a result which is sure to sting for the Duke of Sussex, almost twice as many respondents (50 per cent) believe that it is William rather than Harry (27 per cent) who best represents the values of their mother, Diana.

Prince William and Princess Kate top the list of those the public believe should receive public money via the Sovereign Grant, just ahead of Charles and Camilla.

These two couples and Princess Anne remain the only members of the Royal Family for whom a majority of people think they should receive taxpayer money. 

Prince Andrew is now the only royal family member who fewer than 11 per cent think should be paid from the public’s pot – with more people saying they would see the fictitious Earl and Countess of Wivenhoe get access to the Sovereign Grant than him.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from their roles as senior royals in 2020, insisting they wanted to work towards 'financial independence' before they later complained of being cut off by the Royals

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from their roles as senior royals in 2020, insisting they wanted to work towards ‘financial independence’ before they later complained of being cut off by the Royals 

Since moving to the US in 2020, Harry and Meghan have managed to rake in an estimated £100million from lucrative media deals.

Harry claimed Charles had ‘cut him off financially’ following the couple’s departure – dubbed ‘Megxit’ – claims which were later refuted by the Royal Family.

A series of spats ensued, including potshots aimed at his father and brother in Harry’s memoir, and the relationship between the Sussexes and the Windsors now appears to many to have been irretrievably damaged. 

Opinion was divided on whether Harry will ever return to Britain, with more than four in ten (43 per cent) saying they believe he will never come back to live in the country full time.

Meanwhile, more than a third (36 per cent) are of the opinion that he will come back at some point in the future. 

Harry and Meghan have managed to make an estimated £100million since moving to the US

Harry and Meghan have managed to make an estimated £100million since moving to the US

The findings were revealed in a comprehensive new poll on the state of the monarchy carried out for MailOnline by Deltapoll. 

It asked more than 2,000 people how they view the Royal Family, its members and the work the institution does in the UK and abroad.

Today’s exclusive survey also reveals:

  • More than half of respondents (53%) think that the institution of the monarchy is good for Britain;
  •  More than six in ten (62%) believe Britain should remain a monarchy. Fewer than a quarter (23%) think Britain should become a republic;
  • Just over half (53%) think that Britain will still be a monarchy in fifty years, with more than a quarter (25%) thinking the opposite. 
  •  A majority (58%) have not changed their mind about Charles since he became king. Under a quarter (23%) think better of him, with just over one in nine (12%) thinking the opposite;
  • It is a similar for Camilla. Half (50%) have not changed their mind about her and under a quarter (24%) think better of her. At one in six (17%), however, the proportion who say their opinion of her has got worse is slightly higher than for her husband. Half (50%) also think that Diana would have been a better queen. 12% think the opposite and 19% think there would have been no real difference;
  • Four in ten (40%) think that Charles should not allow either Harry or Meghan to play an active role in royal lifeever again. A quarter (25%) say Charles should be open to the idea, with a further fifth (20%) thinking Charles should be open to the idea of Harry without Meghan. A strong majority (69%) think Charles should not allow Andrew to have an active role again;
  • More than four in ten (43%) thinks Harry will never come back to live in Britain full time, but more than a third (36%) think he will come back at some point in the future; 
  • Prince Andrew is viewed very poorly, even compared to Harry and Meghan. Four in ten (40%) think that the good things are in the majority when it comes to Harry with only one in seven thinking there are no good things about him. In contrast, only just over one in five (21%) think the good things win out when it comes to Andrew and more than four in ten (43%) think that there are no good things about him


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Now you can have a go at answering 20 questions which were asked in the survey: 

Poll

Taking everything into account do you think the institution of the monarchy is good or bad for Britain?

Taking everything into account do you think the institution of the monarchy is good or bad for Britain?

  • Good for Britain 729 votes
  • Bad for Britain 103 votes
  • Neither good nor bad for Britain 110 votes
  • Don’t know 4 votes

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Would you favour Britain becoming a republic or remaining a monarchy?

Would you favour Britain becoming a republic or remaining a monarchy?

  • Britain should become a republic 160 votes
  • Britain should remain a monarchy 720 votes
  • Don’t know 25 votes

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In fifty years, do you think Britain will still have a monarchy?

In fifty years, do you think Britain will still have a monarchy?

  • Yes, I think Britain will still have a monarchy in fifty years 628 votes
  • No, I think Britain will not have a monarchy in fifty years 172 votes
  • Don’t know 65 votes

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In years to come, Prince William’s son Prince George is set to become the King. Do you think that his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, should have to work, or receive the Sovereign Grant?

In years to come, Prince William’s son Prince George is set to become the King. Do you think that his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, should have to work, or receive the Sovereign Grant?

  • Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis should earn all of their money by working 288 votes
  • Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis should earn some money but should also be supported by a Sovereign Grant 451 votes
  • Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis should be entirely supported by a Sovereign Grant 81 votes
  • Don’t know 21 votes

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In your opinion, do you think that King Charles III should or should not continue to speak out on issues and current affairs that matter to him?

In your opinion, do you think that King Charles III should or should not continue to speak out on issues and current affairs that matter to him?

  • King Charles should continue to speak out on issues and current affairs that matter to him 387 votes
  • As monarch, King Charles should not be expressing an opinion on any issues or current affairs 398 votes
  • Don’t know 11 votes

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If you had to say, do you imagine that Queen Elizabeth II would think that King Charles is taking the future of the Monarchy in the right direction or the wrong direction?

If you had to say, do you imagine that Queen Elizabeth II would think that King Charles is taking the future of the Monarchy in the right direction or the wrong direction?

  • The right direction 549 votes
  • The wrong direction 117 votes
  • Don’t know 108 votes

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How much, if anything, do you think the Royal Family has to offer the young people of Britain nowadays?

How much, if anything, do you think the Royal Family has to offer the young people of Britain nowadays?

  • The Royal Family have a great deal to offer young people 337 votes
  • The Royal Family have a fair amount to offer young people 195 votes
  • The Royal Family do not have very much to offer young people 106 votes
  • The Royal Family have nothing to offer young people 106 votes
  • Don’t know 17 votes

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If you had the choice, which of the following do you think would have been best when the Queen passed away last year?

If you had the choice, which of the following do you think would have been best when the Queen passed away last year?

  • Prince Charles should have become King 462 votes
  • Prince William should have become King 225 votes
  • Don’t know 40 votes

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Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • King Charles should remain as king until he dies 377 votes
  • Prince William should become king at some stage in the future before King Charles dies 260 votes
  • Prince William should become king now 52 votes
  • Don’t know 32 votes

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Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • As King Charles and Queen Camilla get older, it is right that they should hand over more and more public duties to Prince William and Princess Catherine 528 votes
  • It is important that King Charles and Queen Camilla maintain their public duties, even as they get older 126 votes
  • Don’t know 26 votes

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Taking everything into account, has your opinion of King Charles III changed since he became King?

Taking everything into account, has your opinion of King Charles III changed since he became King?

  • Yes, my opinion of him has got better 353 votes
  • Yes, my opinion of him has got worse 63 votes
  • No, my opinion of him has stayed the same 312 votes
  • Don’t know 5 votes

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Taking everything into account, has your opinion of Queen Camilla changed since she married Charles in 2005?

Taking everything into account, has your opinion of Queen Camilla changed since she married Charles in 2005?

  • Yes, my opinion of her has got better 371 votes
  • Yes, my opinion of her has got worse 59 votes
  • No, my opinion of her has stayed the same 286 votes
  • Don’t know 7 votes

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If you had to say, all things considered, do you imagine that Diana, Princess of Wales would have been a better or worse queen than Queen Camilla?

If you had to say, all things considered, do you imagine that Diana, Princess of Wales would have been a better or worse queen than Queen Camilla?

  • Diana, Princess of Wales would have been a better queen 263 votes
  • Queen Camilla will be a better queen 197 votes
  • There will be no real difference between the two 172 votes
  • Don’t know 68 votes

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King Charles inherited land and property which is estimated to be worth up to £390m and paid no Inheritance Tax. What he inherited brings in around £4.5 million each year from rent paid by members of the public. Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

King Charles inherited land and property which is estimated to be worth up to £390m and paid no Inheritance Tax. What he inherited brings in around £4.5 million each year from rent paid by members of the public. Which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • This money raised from renting should go to the Treasury 421 votes
  • This money raised from renting should go to the Royal Family 201 votes
  • Don’t know 52 votes

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Taking everything into account, of the following, who do you believe has done more damage to the Royal Family?

Taking everything into account, of the following, who do you believe has done more damage to the Royal Family?

  • Prince Harry 456 votes
  • Prince Andrew 192 votes
  • Don’t know 16 votes

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When you think about Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

When you think about Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • There are no bad things about him, only good things 22 votes
  • The good things about him are outweighed by the bad things 214 votes
  • The bad things about him are equal to the good things 23 votes
  • The bad things about him are outweighed by the good things 106 votes
  • There are no good things about him, only bad things 267 votes
  • Don’t know 19 votes

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When you think about Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

When you think about Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • There are no bad things about him, only good things 6 votes
  • The good things about him are outweighed by the bad things 110 votes
  • The bad things about him are equal to the good things 33 votes
  • The bad things about him are outweighed by the good things 51 votes
  • There are no good things about him, only bad things 394 votes
  • Don’t know 22 votes

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When it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

When it comes to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • King Charles should be open to the idea of Prince Harry and Meghan both playing an active role in the Royal Family again at some stage in the future 35 votes
  • King Charles should be open to the idea of just Prince Harry playing an active role in the Royal Family again at some stage in the future, but without Meghan playing a role 42 votes
  • King Charles should not allow either Prince Harry or Meghan to play an active role in the Royal Family ever again 514 votes
  • Don’t know 20 votes

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When it comes to Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

When it comes to Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, which of the following statements comes closest to your own view?

  • King Charles should be open to the idea Prince Andrew playing an active role in the Royal Family again at some stage in the future 55 votes
  • King Charles should not allow Prince Andrew to play an active role in the Royal Family ever again 524 votes
  • Don’t know 13 votes

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From what you know, and taking everything into account, do you think that Prince Harry will ever come back to Britain to live full time or not?

From what you know, and taking everything into account, do you think that Prince Harry will ever come back to Britain to live full time or not?

  • Prince Harry will come back to Britain to live at some point in the future 171 votes
  • Prince Harry will never come back to live in Britain full time 301 votes
  • Don’t know 60 votes

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Key royal poll results

IS THE MONARCHY GOOD OR BAD FOR BRITAIN?

Good for Britain – 53%

Bad for Britain – 14%

Neither good nor bad for Britain – 24%

Don’t know – 9%

SHOULD BRITAIN BECOME A REPUBLIC?

Britain should become a republic – 23%

Britain should remain a monarchy – 62%

Don’t know – 16%

WILL BRITAIN STILL HAVE A MONARCHY IN 50 YEARS?

Yes – 53%

No – 25%

Don’t know – 21%

WHO HAS MADE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THE UK?

Queen Elizabeth II – 63%

Prince William – 54%

Princess Diana – 49%

Kate – 47%

King Charles III – 39%

Princess Anne – 38%

Prince Edward – 16%

Queen Camilla – 16%

Zara Tindall – 15%

Prince Harry – 14%

Peter Phillips – 6%

Meghan – 4%

Prince Andrew – 3%

None of them – 7%

Don’t know – 7%

SHOULD CHARLOTTE AND LOUIS HAVE TO WORK IN FUTURE?

Charlotte and Louis should earn all of their money by working – 31%

Charlotte and Louis should earn some money but should also be supported by a Sovereign Grant – 42%

Charlotte and Louis should be entirely supported by a Sovereign Grant – 11%

Don’t know – 17%

SHOULD KING CHARLES III SPEAK OUT ON ISSUES?

King Charles should continue to speak out on issues and current affairs that matter to him – 60%

As monarch, King Charles should not be expressing an opinion on any issues or current affairs – 28%

Don’t know – 13%

WHAT WOULD QUEEN ELIZABETH II THINK OF CHARLES NOW?

He is taking the monarchy in the right direction – 51%

He is taking the monarchy in the wrong direction – 18%

Don’t know – 31%

WHAT DOES THE ROYAL FAMILY HAVE TO OFFER YOUNG PEOPLE?

Royal Family have a great deal to offer young people – 23%

Royal Family have a fair amount to offer young people – 32%

Royal Family do not have very much to offer young people – 18%

Royal Family have nothing to offer young people – 14%

Don’t know – 13%

WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEST WHEN THE QUEEN DIED?

Prince Charles should have become King – 43%

Prince William should have become King – 41%

Don’t know – 15%

SHOULD CHARLES REMAIN KING?

King Charles should remain as king until he dies – 41%

Prince William should become king at some stage in the future before King Charles dies – 29%

Prince William should become king now – 16%

Don’t know – 15%

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN AS CHARLES AND CAMILLA GET OLDER?

As King Charles and Queen Camilla get older, it is right that they should hand over more and more public duties to Prince William and Kate – 62%

It is important that King Charles and Queen Camilla maintain their public duties, even as they get older – 23%

Don’t know – 15%

HAS YOUR OPINION OF CHARLES CHANGED SINCE HE BECAME KING?

Yes, my opinion of him has got better – 23%

Yes, my opinion of him has got worse – 12%

No, my opinion of him has stayed the same – 58%

Don’t know – 8%

HAS YOUR OPINION OF CAMILLE CHANGED SINCE SHE MARRIED CHARLES IN 2005?

Yes, my opinion of her has got better – 24%

Yes, my opinion of her has got worse – 17%

No, my opinion of her has stayed the same – 50%

Don’t know – 9%

WOULD DIANA HAVE BEEN A BETTER QUEEN THAN CAMILLA?

Diana would have been a better queen – 50%

Queen Camilla will be a better queen – 12%

There will be no real difference between the two – 19%

Don’t know – 19%

WHAT SHOULD RENT PAID BY THE PUBLIC TO KING CHARLES’S LAND AND PROPERTY GO TO?

This money raised from renting should go to the Treasury – 60%

This money raised from renting should go to the Royal Family – 17%

Don’t know – 23%

WHO HAS DONE MORE DAMAGE TO THE ROYAL FAMILY?

Prince Harry – 38%

Prince Andrew – 47%

Don’t know – 15%

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PRINCE HARRY?

There are no bad things about him, only good things – 8%

The good things about him are outweighed by the bad things – 32%

The bad things about him are equal to the good things – 18%

The bad things about him are outweighed by the good things – 14%

The are no good things about him, only bad things – 14%

Don’t know – 14%

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PRINCE ANDREW?

There are no bad things about him, only good things – 3%

The good things about him are outweighed by the bad things – 18%

The bad things about him are equal to the good things – 10%

The bad things about him are outweighed by the good things – 12%

The are no good things about him, only bad things – 43%

Don’t know – 13%

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WITH PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN?

King Charles should be open to the idea of Prince Harry and Meghan both playing an active role in the Royal Family again at some stage in the future – 25%

King Charles should be open to the idea of just Prince Harry playing an active role in the Royal Family again at some stage in the future, but without Meghan playing a role – 20%

King Charles should not allow either Prince Harry or Meghan to play an active role in the Royal Family ever again – 40%

Don’t know – 16%

WHAT SHOULD HAPPEN WITH PRINCE ANDREW?

King Charles should be open to the idea Prince Andrew playing an active role in the Royal Family again at some stage in the future – 16%

King Charles should not allow Prince Andrew to play an active role in the Royal Family ever again – 69%

Don’t know – 15%

WILL PRINCE HARRY EVER COME BACK TO BRITAIN TO LIVE FULL TIME?

Prince Harry will come back to Britain to live at some point in the future – 38%

Prince Harry will never come back to live in Britain full time – 37%

Don’t know – 26%







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