According to a law of 1937, the monarch can be replaced for certain tasks, such as the signing of official documents during his absences by his husband or wife and by the first four adults in the order of succession.
For Charles, they are Queen Consort Camilla, her sons William and Harry, her brother Andrew and her niece Beatrice.
But Harry walked away from the royal family and moved to the United States after tensions with his brother and father. Prince Andrew has been deprived of any role with the “Royals” after accusations of sexual assault. Beatrice, eldest daughter, of Andrew, is not a “working” member of the royal family.
To prevent one of the two fallen princes from having to act as the king – especially when he is traveling with Camilla and William is also abroad – the list of people who can replace him should be expanded, according to several media , to include Princess Anne and Prince Edward, sister and brother of Charles III.
This solution makes it possible not to use Harry and Andrew without formally excluding them.
According to the Telegraph, a change in the law could take place “in the next few weeks” and is “a logical step” ahead of Charles and Camilla’s planned overseas trips in 2023.
Buckingham Palace did not react but the subject was raised in the House of Lords on Monday.
During the interim, the “state advisers” can ensure most of the sovereign’s official obligations (sign documents, receive ambassadors, hold meetings).
Prior to Elizabeth II’s death in September, Charles stood in for her on numerous occasions, including during the very solemn Speech from the Throne to Parliament in May.