King Charles has asked the UK Parliament to allow his brother and sister to act in his place

King Charles has asked the UK Parliament to allow his brother and sister to act in his place

LONDON (Reuters) – King Charles asked Britain’s parliament on Monday to amend the law to allow his two other siblings to act on his behalf in his absence, adding them to a group that currently includes his disgraced brother Prince Andrew.

In a statement read on his behalf in the House of Lords, the upper house of parliament, Charles, who turns 74 on Monday, asked for the number of counselors of state to be increased to include his sister Princess Anne and younger brother Prince Edward. .

The councillors, who can act in the king’s absence to carry out his most important roles, such as appointing a new prime minister, are chosen from his wife and the four adults next to the throne.

This currently means that in addition to Charles’ wife Camilla and his eldest son and heir Prince William, the group includes the monarch’s youngest son Prince Harry, younger brother Prince Andrew and Andrew’s eldest daughter Princess Beatrice.

This has led some commentators to criticize the fact that neither Andrew nor Harry play a formal royal role anymore.

Andrew was stripped of most of his titles and removed from royal duties due to the scandal of his friendship with the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender, and he later settled a US lawsuit in which he was accused of sexual abuse.

Meanwhile, Harry stepped down from royal duties in 2020 and moved to California with his wife, Meghan.

“In order to ensure the continued efficiency of public business when I am unavailable, such as when I am on official duty abroad, I shall be most pleased to appoint as many men as Parliament may think fit to act. Councilors of State … will be extended to include my sister and brother,” King’s statement said.

The change requires Parliament to amend the terms of the Regency Act.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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