Charles III is preparing to change British law to prevent Princes Harry and Andrew, withdrawn from the royal family, from taking over when he is sick or abroad, British media reported on Thursday.
This would be to avoid any situation that could be embarrassing. Charles III would like to officially change the rules of the protocol so that only active members of the royal family can act for him when he is sick or abroad.
Under a 1937 law, the monarch can indeed be replaced for certain tasks, such as the signing of official documents during his absence by his husband or wife, but also by the first four adults in the order of succession.
For Charles, they are Queen Consort Camilla, her sons William and Harry, her brother Andrew and her niece Beatrice. But Prince Harry, who is also about to reveal memoirs that should still make a lot of noise, is very cold with his father, especially since he wanted to free himself from his royal obligations, and he made bleak revelations about his family and how he treated his wife Meghan Markle, with whom he went to live in the United States. As for Prince Andrew, he lost his military titles, on the decision of Elizabeth II, after accusations of sexual assault and following his involvement in the sordid case of sex trafficking of Jeffrey Epstein.
To prevent one of these two fallen princes from having to act as interim king, the list of people who can replace the monarch may be expanded, several British media reports. Charles III would like to include on the list of people likely to replace him, his sister, Princess Anne, and his other brother, Prince Edward. This solution would make it possible not to have recourse to Harry and Andrew, without however offending them by formally excluding them.
THE SUBJECT DISCUSSED IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS
According to the Telegraph, a change in the law could take place “in the coming weeks”, and is “a logical step” before Charles and Camilla’s planned overseas trips in 2023.
Buckingham Palace did not react, but the subject was raised in the House of Lords on Monday, with MP Stephen Benn wondering if it was “not time to discuss with the king an amendment” of the law.
Or does the situation suit the government” with a prince “who has left public life” and another “who has left the country”? “The government will always study the necessary arrangements,” replied the Conservative Lord Nicholas True, stressing that the accession to the throne of a monarch was a good opportunity to re-study the text