Prince Harry is 'preferred future monarch' as Duke faces demands to return to UK

A new Deltapoll survey found more than half of 18 to 24-year-olds want Prince Harry to be crowned King when the Queen dies as he is the “preferred future monarch”. A total of 51 percent of respondents in the age bracket want the Duke to follow in the footsteps of the monarch despite stepping down from royal duties and moving to LA. Fortyseven percent overall of the 1,590 adults polled wants Prince William to be King over Prince Charles.

Speaking to the Australian morning show Sunrise, royal commentator Anna Musson said: “Of course you’re going to vote for the person similar to you.

“I think it’s a real blow for Prince Charles, he just can’t catch a break.

“The popularity status continues to come second to your son, it’s a bit of a blow but regardless of how you feel, it works by lineage and Prince Charles is going to be next.”

Another correspondent added: “Listen to the people!

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“I think you’ve got to go with those that are staunch monarchists and they want to see the right people lead the Royal Family.

“Is this Prince Charles’ only chance to really win the people over again if he is King?

“But I say, Prince William.

“He has been trained from day one to take this job.”

Calls for the Duke to return to the UK come security provision for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle come into question again after reports revealed police had been called to their new Montecito home nine times in nine months.

Security was one of the key issues the couple mentioned when announcing they wanted to step down as senior royals.

When Harry and Meghan made public their decision early last year, their website suggested the Home Office, through the Metropolitan Police, should continue to provide protection for the couple and their young son Archie.

But there were already doubts about the taxpayer picking up the bill, with former Home Office minister Norman Baker calling at the time for the Met Police to cap the annual expenditure on security for Harry and Meghan to its 2019 level.


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He said: “Do we want the Met’s budget devoted to tackling terrorism, knife crime, assaults and burglary in the capital, or do we want them flying around the US and Canada, accompanying Harry and Meghan as they enrich themselves through their commercial activities?”

Just before the first lockdown began in March 2020, the couple moved from their exclusive Vancouver Island home in Canada to Los Angeles and relied on the support of actor Tyler Perry, staying at his home for three months.

Harry and Meghan were forced to disclose they had put in place “privately funded security arrangements” for their move to the US after then-president Donald Trump said his country would not pay for their protection.

Meghan revealed in her interview with Oprah Winfrey that Perry stepped in to help: “We needed a house and he offered his security as well, so it gave us breathing room to try to figure out what we were going to do.”

Now no longer working members of the royal family, the duke and duchess were responsible for the management and cost of their security, and the couple needed to find a source of income to cover the many millions required to keep them safe.

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