King Charles III makes move to replace Prince Harry in last remaining royal job

Whilst many of us opt to spend our birthday with family and friends, perhaps at the pub or out for a nice meal, it seems the same can't be said for King Charles III, who celebrated his 74th birthday yesterday. Despite the birthday being quite the milestone – it was the first birthday he celebrated as King – it was business as usual for the monarch who was busy making arrangements to somewhat replace Prince Harry as counsellor of state.

To recap, a counsellor of state is essentially a 'stand-in' for the King, should His Majesty be temporarily unable to carry out his duties (whether that's due to illness or being out of the country). According to the Regency Act, the counsellors are typically made up of the sovereign's spouse and the next four people in the line of succession, counting only those who are over the age of 21.

At present the counsellors of state are Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice. However, because both Harry and Andrew are no longer "working royals" – and therefore effectively ruled out from said duties – Charles has requested that his siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, be permitted to take on the role. Both Anne and Edward have previously been counsellors of state, before being overtaken in the order of succession.

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The King's requested change was read to the House of Lords on Monday, and it is expected that the Lords will reply today (15 November). The House of Commons will also need to introduce new legislation to the Counsellors of State Bill, paving the way for the King's proposal for two extra working substitutes.

If the plan it approved, it'll mean that rather than removing Harry and Andrew from the list of counsellors of state, the pool of eligible royals will be widened so that the availability of the pair ceases to be an issue.

A statement from the King, read out in the House of Lords by Lord Parker of Minsmere, said that adding the extra counsellors would "ensure continued efficiency of public business when I'm unavailable, such as while I'm undertaking official duties overseas".

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