Palace Officials Are Finalizing Plans to Remove Prince Harry as Stand-In for King Charles

Update on King Charles’ plans to cut Prince Harry and Prince Andrewoff from being his official stand-in: it’s all happening…albeit super under-the-radar. Quick reminder: last month, The Telegraph reported that Charles wants to change a law about who can serve as stand-in should he be “indisposed.”

Under the 1937 Regency Act, the monarch’s spouse (Queen Camilla) as well as the four adults next in line to the throne (Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice) can be “deployed as counsellors of state on official business.” But Charles wants to switch things up so that only working members of the royal family can step in—meaning Harry, Andrew, and Beatrice would be out (they’ll likely be replaced by Princess Anne and Prince Edward).

And now the Daily Mail reports that plans are being finalized by ministers and senior palace officials to specifically “avoid any future prospect of the Dukes of Sussex or York being involved in affairs of state in the absence of the King.” According to the outlet, palace officials in particular are “conscious” that it would be “highly embarrassing if the smooth and immediate running of government were suddenly dependent” on them.

Meanwhile, a question about the Regency Act was raised in the ~House of Lords~ this week, when someone fancy named Viscount Stansgate asked “Are the Government happy to continue with a situation where the counsels of state and regency powers may be exercised by the Duke of York or the Duke of Sussex, one of whom has left public life and the other of whom has left the country?”

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