King Charles wants to stop Harry and Andrew from deputising when hes ill

King Charles III reportedly wants to change which royals can step in for him when he's ill or abroad and wants to prevent Prince Harry and Prince Andrew from being one of those.

His Majesty ruled that only working members of the Royal Family can deputise for him in his absence, which effectively bars his son and his brother from filling in, the Daily Mirror reports.

Currently, the Counsellors of State include the Monarch's spouse – Camilla, Queen Consort – and the next four people in the line of succession who are over the age of 21.

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This means that technically the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York can step in for the King, along with Prince William and Princess Beatrice.

Under the proposed changes, Harry, Meghan Markle, Andrew and Beatrice will not be able to get called up.

It is the latest shake-up in the King's reign as he makes changes to who will stand in as Counsellors of State to "ensure continued efficiency of public business when I am unavailable".

On Monday night (November 21), the House of Lords debated plans for two extra "Counsellors of State" including adding Princess Anne and Prince Edward to the list.

The Bill will add Princess Royal and the Earl of Wessex to the list, but stops short of removing Andrew and Harry.

However, the House of Lords heard that only "working members" of the Royal Family would be called upon to act as Counsellors of State.

Speaking at the Bill's second reading, Lord Janvrin, an independent crossbencher, said: "The present pool of working members of the royal family who are eligible and available to be counsellors of state is for reasons which are well known very small.

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"The addition of the Earl of Wessex and the Princess Royal makes very good practical sense."

The Counsellors of State Bill being argued tonight also saw peers debate adding two royals to the last rather than removing any of the current stand-ins.

The Bill received a second reading and it is planned to complete its remaining stages on Wednesday (November 23) before heading to the House of Commons.

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.


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