Prince Harry is about to lose another royal role as a result of his eviction from Frogmore Cottage, which has served as his and his wife Meghan Markle’s official residence in the UK since their marriage.
A royal expert said that because Harry no longer has a home in this country, he cannot operate as a Counsellor of State if King Charles is unable to act as monarch.
The Sussexes had until today, June 30, to vacate the Windsor property, with their last remaining things being transferred to their residence in Montecito, California.
“Losing their UK home without a replacement is a huge deal,” royal critic Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun.
“The most important aspect as far as Harry is concerned is that it means he can no longer act as a Counsellor of State.”
“That’s hugely important because, in theory, he had the right, in the event of the King being incapacitated, to do this.”
“Although he is no longer a working royal he still had this right – and by not having a UK residence he has now thrown this opportunity away.”
“But it means if they don’t have a UK residence when William ascends to the throne then he will be unable to support his brother – not that he does that now.” He added.
Counsellors of State are normally made up of the monarch’s spouse and four royals next in line to the throne who are over the age of 21.
Queen Camilla, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice were the formal Counsellors of State, but Charles asked last year that his other siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, be added to the list.
With Harry and Andrew standing down as working royals, the King requested that the 1937 Regency Act be amended to clarify the position and obligations of the Counsellors of State.
The House of Lords read the proposed alteration, which stated that adding Anne and Edward would “ensure the continued efficiency of public business when I’m unavailable, such as while I’m undertaking official duties overseas.”
Now that Harry and Meghan no longer have Frogmore, it has been revealed that they will need to reach a “private agreement” with the King if they wish to stay at any future royal estates.
Harry most recently stayed at Frogmore when he returned to London for a three-day court appearance.