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King Charles agrees to royal reorganization to avoid Prince Andrew or Prince Harry stepping in for him

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The King said he was “most pleased” with the changes “to ensure the continued efficiency of public business when I am unavailable”.

King Charles has agreed to expand the list of senior royals who will be allowed to represent him to avoid the embarrassment of Prince Andrew and Prince Harry who are being asked to do so.

Members of the House of Lords have been considering changes to the Regency Act, which currently provides that five senior royals are empowered to carry out most of the sovereign’s official duties in the event King Charles is ill or unavailable.

Currently, the King’s five Councilors of State are the Queen Consort, Camilla, his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, his brother Prince Andrew and his niece Princess Beatrice.

Harry and Andrew have both stepped down as working royals and critics have expressed concern at the prospect of them being asked to perform royal duties – while Princess Beatrice, who is ninth in line to the throne, was never a working royal.

Councilors of state are designated under the Regency Act as the next in line to the throne over the age of 21 – which currently excludes the monarch’s young grandchildren via William and Harry.

But in a letter to members of the Lords on Monday, the monarch said he would be “most pleased” if the law were changed to allow the list to include his brother, Prince Edward, and sister, Princess Anne.

While the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York will not be removed from the list – a move that would require a more drastic change in the law or their removal from the line of succession – they are not expected to be asked to perform any duties.

The King wrote: “In order to ensure the efficiency of public affairs when I am unavailable, for example while undertaking official duties abroad, I confirm that I would be very pleased if Parliament reduced the number of persons who could be appointed sees fit to act as Councilors of State under the provisions of the Regency Acts 1937 to 1963 to extend my sister and brother the Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex.

The monarch, who turned 74 on Monday, noted that both Edward and Anne “did previously fill this role as children of the late Queen Elizabeth II.”

The Lords are expected to respond on Tuesday.

Royal experts have previously called for the change to avoid embarrassment.

Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams tells I in September: “What it takes is a radical rethink, in my opinion, what you need is someone like the Princess Royal or the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

“I would have thought that this would be a more practical solution to that because they are all senior working royals and there is no controversy surrounding them in any way.”

Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills, founder and director of the British Monarchists Society, said: “Year after year, you [Princess Anne] is consistently one of, if not the, hardest working king. She has proven to be dependable, trustworthy and dutiful.”

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