King Charles plans to change the law to prevent non-working royals from being state advisers if he is unavailable
LONDON, UK: King Charles is trying to change a law on who can serve as his official deputy. Should such a decision go ahead, “Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice could all be relieved of their duties as official deputies to the sovereign should the King be unavailable,” reports said.
While not working royals, the Duke of York, Duke of Sussex and Princess Beatrice are currently considered three of the five Councilors of State whom the monarch can rely on to carry out constitutional duties in the event of illness or absence from the country. By virtue of the Regency Act 1937, the monarch’s spouse and the four adults over the age of 21 who are next in line to the throne could automatically become advisers, able to represent the sovereign in the conduct of official business.
The Regency Act includes duties such as attending Privy Council meetings, signing routine documents and receiving the credentials of new ambassadors to the United Kingdom. However, if such a law is changed, the Dukes and Princess Beatrice would have their titles stripped and they would no longer be considered official surrogates, as King Charles only wants the working members of the royal family to be advisors, in case King Charles is reluctant, reported The Daily Telegraph. During the reign of the late monarch Queen Elizabeth II, these roles were filled by the former Prince of Wales – Charles, the current Prince of Wales – Prince William, the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, and also the late Duke of Edinburgh cast and the Queen’s husband – Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 aged 99.
However, if the law is implemented, it is likely that King Charles’ other two siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, the two prominent working royals, would be elevated to the position of advisers to the king and he is reported to be acting quickly to get the to take appropriate action Steps to amend the law. Indeed, several commentators in recent months have urged Buckingham Palace to call for a change in the law to relieve non-working royals Prince Harry and Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice of their advisory roles. Such changes must be enacted by the Palace of Westminster, known informally as the Houses of Parliament.