Princes Harry and Andrew tipped to be stripped of key role now Charles is King


Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are still Counsellors of State, despite no longer being working royals.

However, he said that it is “likely” that the government will make these changes “because we’re running out of people who can undertake the duty”.

When Queen Elizabeth II died, the new King’s wife, Queen Consort Camilla, became eligible to be a Counsellor of State.

Prince Andrew’s eldest daughter, Princess Beatrice also became eligible to be a Counsellor of State, as after Prince William, the Duke of York and Prince Harry she is the next person in line to the throne who is over 21.

However, like her father, Beatrice is not a working royal, meaning that if the current law stays, three out of the five Counsellors of State would not be working members of the Firm.

Government tipped to strip Prince Harry and Prince Andrew of key role now Charles is King

Government tipped to strip Prince Harry and Prince Andrew of key role now Charles is King (Image: Getty)

Prince Harry, Prince Andrew

Despite not being working royals, Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are still Counsellors of State (Image: Getty)

During the final years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, Counsellors of State often carried out duties on her behalf, as she struggled with mobility issues.

However, after stepping down from senior royal duties, Harry and Andrew never stepped in for the Queen, so would be unlikely to step in for King Charles either, leaving him with few choices if he is unable to carry out duties himself.

Mr Morris said that in order for the law to be changed, the matter would have to be discussed with the King and then a Bill would have to be tabled in Parliament.

He added that it is likely that the new Counsellors of State would be named in the Bill.

Mr Morris noted that the Regency Act was last changed in 1953.

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King Charles is unable to change his Counsellors of State himself (Image: Getty)

He said: “The law was last amended in 1953, after the death of King George VI to allow his widow, the Queen Mother to continue as a Counsellor of State.

“She’d been a Counsellor of State during his life but of course when he died that qualification fell away. So it had to be restored”.

The King’s other siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward are tipped to replace Prince Andrew and Prince Harry if the law is changed, as both are working royals.

Kate, Princess of Wales, could also become a Counsellor of State instead of Princess Beatrice if the new law is not based solely on the line of succession.

Prince Andrew stepped down from senior royal duties in 2019, due to the controversy surrounding his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Harry

Prince Harry stepped down from senior royal duties in 2020 (Image: Getty)

A few months later, Prince Harry stepped down as a working royal alongside his wife Meghan Markle, and the pair relocated to North America.

Mr Morris said that as well the fact that he is not a working royal “one of the reasons Prince Harry cannot be a Counsellor of State is because he lives abroad”, meaning he would be unable to carry out regular engagements in the UK.

Harry and Meghan now live in Montecito California with their two children, Archie, three, and Lilibet, one.

Tensions have remained high between the couple and the rest of the Royal Family since their decision to quit the Firm and


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