February 9, 2023

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King Charles asks British Parliament to allow brother and sister to act on his behalf

LONDON, United Kingdom — King Charles asked Britain’s Parliament on Monday to amend the law to allow two more of his siblings to act on his behalf in his absence, adding them to a group that currently includes his disgraced brother Prince Andrew heard.

In a statement read on his behalf in the House of Lords, Charles, who turned 74 on Monday, called for an increase in the number of Councilors of State to include his sister Princess Anne and youngest brother Prince Edward record .

The advisors, who can act on the monarch’s behalf in his absence to carry out all but his most important duties such as appointing a new prime minister, are chosen from among his spouse and the four adults in the line of succession.

That currently means the grouping includes the King’s younger son Prince Harry, younger brother Prince Andrew and Andrew’s eldest daughter Princess Beatrice, alongside Charles’ wife Camilla and his eldest son and heir Prince William.

This has drawn criticism from some commentators because neither Andrew nor Harry are anymore in official royal roles.

Andrew was stripped of most of his titles and royal duties due to a scandal surrounding his friendship with the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender. He later settled a US lawsuit alleging 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, for example while undertaking official duties abroad, I confirm that I would be very satisfied if Parliament reduced the number of people who might be asked to act, The Councils of State … are to be expanded to include my sister and my brother,” the king’s statement said.

The amendment requires Parliament to amend the terms of the Regency Act. – Reuters