- The news of Megxit, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's plans to step back from royal duties, has now extended to Canada.
- Reports are now indicating the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may decide to split their time between Canada and the U.K.
- While some Canadians couldn't be more excited, people in Quebec? They straight-up "don't care."
A recent report from the New York Times stated Canadians were "giddy at the prospect that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle could be moving to Canada, injecting some razzle dazzle to the sprawling, bone-chillingly cold country." But, it turns out most people in Canada and Quebec really don't care that Prince Harry and Meghan, née Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will soon be making a move to Canada. The move that the world has aptly called "Megxit."
Not only did the Megxit news drop very shortly after the devastating events of Flight PS752, where 176 people were killed including 63 Canadians and 138 passengers travelling to Canada, but it turns out Canadians are more concerned with the associated cost of hosting the royals than with the potential "razzle dazzle" they may bring.
A new public opinion survey done by the Angus Reid Institute finds that most Canadians don't care to pay for the Duke and Duchess' "security and other expenditures associated with their stated intention to spend at least part of the year in Canada."
In fact, nearly three-quarters, a staggering 73% of Canadians are saying a polite, "no thanks," to the prospect.
In terms of people in Quebec, there is even less excitement.
The Angus Ried poll showed that 56% of people from Quebec surveyed said they "don't care" if the royal couple takes up shelter in Canada.
But at least 17% said they would be straight-up "upset," if the royals decided to reside in Canada.
In terms of security and other associated costs, most Canadians feel the royal couple should take on those expenses themselves.
After all, the Duke and Duchess did say in their initial statement on Instagram that part of the decision to "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family" was to "work to become financially independent."
According to an Angus Reid poll done in 2016, the most common word Canadians used to describe the Queen was "respected."
And as time as gone on, 67% of Canadians still view the Queen "favourably," here in 2020.
That data does not stand in Quebec, however. Though the Queen still maintains 47% favourability in Quebec, 30% of people in La Belle Province view her in an "unfavourable" light.
Not much surprise there.
See all the data gathered from the Angus Reid survey on its website.