British King Charles III. has taken the first step to replace his brother Andrew, 62, and his son Prince Harry, 38, from his roles as possible representatives of the head of state. Both no longer perform official functions for the royal family. However, due to their rank in the line of succession, they remain two of the British monarch’s five Councilors of State under current rules.
As the highest official of the royal house, Lord Andrew Parker of Minsmere, announced in the British House of Lords on Monday afternoon, Charles proposes to name his sister, Princess Anne (72) and his younger brother, Prince Eduardo (58), councilors of State. . This is to “ensure that public business is attended to when you are not available, such as when you are on official duty abroad,” the King’s letter, read out by Lord Parker, reads.
Parliamentary approval is required
The King’s representation when traveling abroad or in case of serious illness is regulated by law in Great Britain and can only be changed with the consent of Parliament. So far, it has been anticipated that the monarch could be represented by his partner, King Consort Camilla (75), as well as the four highest-ranking royals in the line of succession who are also over the age of 21 years. Currently the heir to the throne are Prince William (40), Prince Harry and Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice (34).
It is now feared that a situation could arise where Andrew would have an official role. The second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September, is no longer considered socially acceptable due to his involvement in the abuse scandal surrounding the late American billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. According to reports, the corresponding amendment to the law will be approved by the end of this year.
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