King Charles III wants to exclude “unreliable” relatives from among his successors
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The British monarch intends to deprive his brother Prince Andrew, his daughter Beatrice and his son Harry of the right to replace the king if he will not be able to perform his duties.
The new king of Great Britain, Charles III, plans to change the Regency Act. Thus, the monarch intends to exclude some of his relatives from the number of possible successors. The British edition of The Telegraph writes about this.
To do this, the document needs to be amended to the effect that only an acting member of the royal family can replace the king, and not a relative in the order described in the Law of Succession.As journalists clarify, if such changes are made, then the king's brother Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice and Prince Harry will not be able to replace Charles III if he falls ill or suffers from dementia. The above members of the royal family are considered “unreliable”. So, Prince Andrew was involved in a high-profile sex scandal in the United States. And Prince Harry actively supports his wife Meghan Markle, who openly criticized the throne in the media.
Who will take place of the king's deputies?
Under the Regency Act 1937, the monarch's spouse, as well as the four adults next in line to the throne, may be appointed as Counselors of State on official business. When Queen Elizabeth was still alive, these roles were played by the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York.
Today, 23 people are listed on the list of heirs to the throne on the official website of the royal family. In the event that the document is changed, the youngest son of Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, as well as the Princess of Wales, the wife of Prince William, can get the role of “deputies” of the king.
The role of state advisers in the royal court is rarely resorted to. However, in May of this year, for example, Prince Charles (the current King Charles III) and Prince William attended the opening ceremony of the session of Parliament on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II as her deputies.
The law of succession last updated once in 2013. Then the provision on the priority of male heirs over women was canceled in the document. Now the British throne passes to the eldest child of the monarch, regardless of his gender.