Canadians sympathize with royal couple, says poll

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Sandringham, England, December 25, 2017. Photo courtesy Mark Jones/Wikipedia.

A new poll suggests that the majority of Canadians are taking the side of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and also believe the monarchy has no place in Canada.

According to the latest Leger poll, published on Monday, 52 per cent of Canadians surveyed suggested that the recent events involving Britain’s Prince Harry and his American-born wife Meghan reveal a “fundamental problem within the royal family”. That percentage is increased to 59 per cent among respondents from Ontario.

Thirty-five per cent of those interviewed do not believe there is a fundamental problem in the British monarchy, while 13 per cent have not heard of the events surrounding Harry and Meghan.

The majority of those surveyed also sympathized more with the royal couple than with the monarchy itself.

Fifty-nine per cent were on the side of Harry and Meghan, while 26 per cent took the royal family’s side. The rest of the people who were surveyed had not heard of the recent events.

As far as the monarchy in Canada is concerned, 53 per cent of those interviewed believe the monarchy is outdated and has no place in Canada, while 33 per cent say the monarchy is part of Canada’s heritage, and 15 per cent did not know or declined to answer.

A total of 1,015 Canadians took part in the survey, which ran from March 12 to March 14, a week after the couple gave a revealing interview to Oprah Winfrey, in which Meghan discussed mental health and suicidal thoughts while serving as a senior member of the royal family.

The couple also disclosed that as Meghan is biracial, there were some conversations in the family over the colour of their son Archie’s skin. Harry did say later to Winfrey that it was not Queen Elizabeth II nor Prince Philip who made the comment.

Harry and Meghan stepped back last year as senior members of the royal family over concerns about mental health and what they perceived as racism in the British press. They lived for a time in Vancouver before settling in California.