King Charles' shock plan to 'sideline' Prince Harry and Prince Andrew
King Charles reportedly has plans to 'sideline' Prince Harry and Prince Andrew, so they cannot represent him at official events.
The Mail reports that the King is changing the rules so that a wider range of royals can stand in for him in his absence.
Currently, if Charles is unable to carry out his duties due to "illness of absence abroad", one of the Counsellors of State is able to step in for him.
Under the 1937 Regency Act, all Counsellors of State are the four highest candidates in the royal line of succession who are over the age of 21, at the moment they are: Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice.
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The King's wife, Queen Consort Camilla, is also able to fill in for Charles, even though she is not in the line of succession.
A new proposal would allow the King to widen the pool of Counsellors at his discretion, which could include his two other siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
Princess Beatrice and Prince William are able to stand in ahead of Harry and Andrew, however, as Beatrice is a private citizen she may not always be available.
The issue of Harry and Andrew was raised in the House of Lords earlier this week, with Labour’s hereditary peer Viscount Stansgate asking, "Are the Government happy to continue with a situation where the counsels of state and regency powers may be exercised by the Duke of York or the Duke of Sussex, one of whom has left public life and the other of whom has left the country?
"Is it not time for the Government to approach the King to see whether a sensible amendment can be made to this Act?"
Lord True said that the King acknowledged the need to make changes, "In that spirit, the Government will always consider what arrangements are needed to ensure resilience in our constitutional arrangements."In the past we have seen that the point of accession has proved a useful opportunity to consider the arrangements in place."
"In the past we have seen that the point of accession has proved a useful opportunity to consider the arrangements in place."
Experts have suggested Andrew could be relegated to "dog walker in chief" and could be frozen out in royal life, with his only royal task taking care of the Queen's surviving corgis.
It is reportedly unlikely that he will continue to receive his estimated $450,000 pocket money that he used to receive as a 'working royal' from the Queen.
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