Princess Anne and Prince Edward
Proposed as Counselors of State
Princess Anne and Prince Edward are set to become King Charles III’s deputies. will. The monarch’s proposal is in the House of Lords.
King Charles III (74) has begun to increase the number of people who can represent the monarch in official functions. He has his sister Princess Anne (72) and his youngest brother Prince Edward (58) as additional Counselors of State.
Currently, the state councilors are King’s wife Camilla (75), heir to the throne Prince William (40), his brother Prince Harry (38), Charles’ other brother Prince Andrew (62) and his daughter Princess Beatrice (34). Two of those, Andrew and Harry, are no longer available as working royals but are expected to remain on the list.
The House of Lords and House of Commons are considering the application
The change requested by the King was read to the House of Lords on Monday, the new monarch’s 74th birthday. As the “BBC” further reports, the Lords are expected to reply this Tuesday. The government could table a bill in the House of Commons later that day, paving the way for the king’s proposal for two additional working deputies.
This swift move in Parliament seeks to resolve a thorny constitutional issue of who can represent the king when he is abroad or unwell and unable to perform his duties as head of state.
Important decision to change Regency Law
Currently, two of the five people are effectively ruled out: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has largely retired from royal duties over his alleged connection to US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein (1953-2019). And Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, lives in the United States with his family and has voluntarily retired from the role of senior royal.
Rather than removing them from the Council of State list, it has been proposed that the royal circle be expanded so that the de facto unavailability of Prince Andrew and Prince Harry is no longer an issue. This would mean an amendment to the Regency Act, which currently provides that the monarch’s spouse plus the next four over-21s in the succession to the throne Counselors of State are.
Both Princess Anne and Prince Edward were already state councilors before they were overtaken in the line of succession.
Possible tasks of the Counselors of State
The Counselors of State may perform official duties such as opening Parliament, signing documents, receiving ambassadors, or attending Privy Council meetings when the monarch is temporarily ill or abroad.
The King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to be traveling abroad over the next year, so representatives may be necessary during their absence.