Harry’s decision to move to the US in 2020 with his wife Meghan Markle, 40, could now see him lose his place as one of the four individuals on the Queen’s Counsellors of State – two or more Counsellors are appointed to act in Her Majesty’s place “in the event that the Queen cannot undertake her official duties as Sovereign on a temporary basis due to illness or absence abroad”.
According to the law, the individuals who make up the Counsellors of State are the monarch’s spouse and the next four people in the line of succession who are over the age of 21, so the positions are currently held by Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and his sons William and Harry.
However, royal experts have claimed that Harry could be removed from the Counsellors of State in a matter of years due to UK law, as he could lose his domiciled status and be ineligible for the position.
Being removed as a Counsellor of State would require an Act of Parliament, and royal expert Daniela Elser claims this would be the “final nail in the coffin” for Harry after quitting royal life.
In a column for the New Zealand Herald, she said: “Being removed, by Parliament no less, as a Counsellor of State would really be the nail in Harry’s coffin of his former life as a frontline member of the Royal Family.”
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