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Sun readers think the Queen was right to order a Hard Megxit to stop Harry and Meghan being ‘part-time royals’

THE Queen was right to order a Hard Megxit to stop Harry and Meghan from acting as “part-time royals”, a Sun poll has revealed.

Royal watchers feared a softer deal that would let the couple perform a hybrid role could cause chaos.

But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will drop their HRH titles and quit as working royals as they start a new life in North America. Our poll last night showed that two thirds of adults backed Her Majesty’s tough deal and a clean-break for the couple.

The survey by OnePoll revealed 66 per cent agreed that The Queen has done the right thing by preventing Harry and Meghan from being “part-time royals”.

Almost half of those who answered (49 per cent) declared that they will NOT miss Harry and Meghan.

However, almost a third (31 per cent) said they will miss them a little, while one in six answered they would be missed a lot.

The couple will not receive money from taxpayers and will instead seek financial independence and get handouts from Harry’s dad Prince Charles’s £100million fortune.

The majority of those polled (61 per cent) were glad Harry and Meghan will no longer be funded from the public purse.

Only 14 per cent think taxpayers should continue to give them cash.

Buckingham Palace and The Queen will not comment on the cost of the couple’s security as they live as celebrities — but it is expected it will be covered by British and Canadian taxpayers.

The survey sent a firm message on the matter — with two thirds (65 per cent) saying Harry and Meghan should now pay for their own security, like other celebs.

A fifth (19 per cent) think we should pay this cost while they are still members of the Royal Family. Brits were divided when asked how well or badly Harry and Meghan have behaved over the split.

The poll revealed 37 per cent say they have behaved “well”, while 35 per cent say “badly” and 28 per cent simply don’t know.

The Royal Family has been rocked by controversies in recent months.

In November, Prince Andrew, 59, stepped back from royal duties following his car crash interview on BBC’s Newsnight over his friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Despite the issues, almost as many UK adults still consider themselves to be royalists (46 per cent) as not (48 per cent).

The Sun commissioned OnePoll to conduct the survey of 1,000 adults yesterday — after details of the Megxit deal emerged.

Yesterday, visitors to Buckingham Palace voiced a mixture of sympathy, sadness and a little frustration as Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, prepared to step back from royal life.

Mindy Lefurg from Iowa, US, said Meghan “knew what her duties were” when she married into the Royal Family but added she has the “right to want a happy and normal life”.

Mrs Lefurg, 51, added: “I think if they had stayed here and given it more time, things would have calmed down.”

Susan Deokie, from Toronto, Canada, predicted a warm welcome for the royal couple in her homeland, but warned that the mood could shift if Canadians have to fund their security bill.

Office administrator Susan said: “It would not be fair. We are all living through a recession and job security is not guaranteed.”

She added: “I think he (Harry) needs to find some normality which he has never had. Living in Canada would be great for them. They could have a normal life with baby Archie.”

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