Charles III is preparing to change British law to prevent Princes Harry and Andrew, who are excluded from the royal family, from taking the throne when they are ill or abroad, local media reported Thursday.
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Under a 1937 law, the monarch can be substituted for certain tasks, such as signing official documents, when her husband or wife and the first four elders are not in line.
For Charles, they are Queen Consort Camilla, his sons William and Harry, his brother Andrew and his daughter-in-law Beatrice.
But Harry left the royal family and moved to America after tensions with his brother and father. Prince Andrew lost any role with “Royals” after sexual assault allegations. Andrew’s eldest daughter Beatrice is not a ‘working’ member of the royal family.
To prevent one of the two fallen princes from acting as king – especially when he is traveling with Camilla and William is abroad – the list of possible replacements will need to be expanded to include Princess Anne. and Prince Edward, sister and brother of Charles III.
This solution makes it possible to use Harry and Andrew without formally excluding them.
According to the Telegraph, a change in the law could happen ‘in the coming weeks’ and is ‘a logical step’ ahead of Charles and Camilla’s planned overseas trips in 2023.
Buckingham Palace did not respond, but the matter was raised in the House of Lords on Monday, with MP Stephen Benn wondering if it was “not time to discuss the amendment with the King”.
Or with a prince who had “retired from public life” and another who had “left the country” “would circumstances suit the government”?
“The government will always read the necessary provisions,” replied Conservative Lord Nicholas Drew, insisting that a monarch’s accession to the throne was a good opportunity to re-read the text.
During the Middle Ages, “consultants of state” could perform most of the sovereign’s official duties (signing documents, receiving ambassadors, holding meetings).
Before Elizabeth II’s death in September, Charles stood in for her on several occasions, including during his most solemn speech from the throne to Parliament in May.
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