Prince Andrew and Prince Harry could face another double humiliation as British royal officials discuss ways to remove another of their important roles., while they will also not be able to receive the Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee medal in February, as they have lost their honorary military titles.
Buckingham Palace is studying how to withdraw the role of Councilors of State to the Duke of York and the Duke of Sussex, a potentially important position that both still hold, according to information from Daily Mail.
Andrew and Harry, ninth and sixth in line to the throne, respectively, already have been stripped of their royal patronages and military titles by the Queen, and both have asked not to use the name His Royal Highness.
Palace sources to whom the Daily Mail had access confirmed that they remain two of the four Councilors of State, who could replace the Queen if she was unable to perform her duties due to illness or absence abroad.
They would be authorized to carry out most of the official functions of the monarch, such as sign important documents, attend Privy Council meetings and receive credentials from new ambassadors to the UK. The other two Councilors of State are the Prince carlos, who is the heir to the throne, and William, the second in the line of succession.
“It is a real problem that the Palace is trying to solve. Can you imagine if the Duke of York had to sign official documents, for example, because the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge were abroad and the Queen was ill? It is not an exaggeration to say that it could endanger the monarchy.”a royal source said, according to the Daily Mail.
Sources suggested that Andrew, 61, and Harry, 37, could not be stripped of their duties without an Act of Parliament being passed first.
By law, the Councilors of State are the spouse of the monarch and the next four people in the line of succession who are over 21 years of age. If Andrew and Harry were removed, they could be replaced by Princess Anne and Camilla.
“Events could occur throughout this year that make this change necessary,” the source said, referring to the result of Andrew’s legal process in the United States and the publication of Harry’s next memoirs.
The position of Counselor of State was created in 1937 by virtue of the Regency Law. Before 1937, the Regency Laws were written and approved only in case of necessity, with nine different Laws to cover various eventualities since 1728.
Shortly after George VI’s accession to the throne, in 1936, a new Regency Act was passed, setting a standard for all future reigns. It was then that the new position of Counselor of State was created to cover short-term absences.
Both Andrew and Harry have been drobbed of their royal patronages and military titles in the middle of the judicial battle that maintains the first and the decision of the second to abandon royalty and move to the United States with his wife Meghan Markle.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Andrew and Harry will also be unable to receive the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee medal next month, as they have lost their honorary military titles.
The commemorative medal will be awarded on February 6 on the occasion of the 70 years of the Queen on the throne and will be issued to active duty members of the Armed Forces, police, firefighters, emergency services and prisons.
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