‘Really worthy of the job!’ Anne and Sophie favourites to deputise for King


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Prince Harry has stepped down from royal life while Prince Andrew has been stripped of his duties, yet both are legally able to fill in for King Charles on certain occasions.

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Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have been hailed on GB News as “worthy” candidates to fill in for King Charles III for certain royal events if he is unable to attend. Buckingham Palace is reportedly in talks with the UK Government to establish which royals should be called on to represent the Firm if the King is detained or abroad, with new rules apparently being drafted to abstain Princes Harry and Andrew from this task.

The Regency Acts of 1937 and 1953 state that in the absence of the monarch official business can be carried out by two counsellors of state.

Currently these counsellors are appointed from the four most senior royals in the line of succession and the consort, which would be Queen Camilla, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex, the Duke of York and Princess Beatrice.

However, there has been debate recently as to whether this should be changed given that Harry and Andrew are no longer working royals.

Princess Beatrice is also not officially a member of the working Royal Family.

Princess Anne And Sophie Countess Of Wessex

Anne and Sophie could fill in for the King if the Regency Act is changed (Image: Getty)

‘I don’t care if I never hear about either of them ever again. I don’t think they should be able to stand in and represent our country.’

Broadcaster Ashley James on whether Prince’s Harry and Andrew should be banned from royal duties by law. pic.twitter.com/qlL53cuC64

— GB News (@GBNEWS) October 26, 2022

Speaking on GB News, former Daily Star editor Dawn Neesom said: “There’s two people there that really really are worthy of the job, that’s Princess Anne and Sophie.

“They’re not even allowed. It’s ridiculous.

“Princess Anne’s the hardest working royal, Sophie was just amazing support for the Queen and one of the favourites for her to spend her last few days with.

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Dan Wootton

Dan Wootton hosted the conversation on GB News (Image: Twitter)

Dawn Neesom

Dawn Neesom praised Anne and Sophie on the programme (Image: Twitter)

“Those two women should really be the counsellors.”

Labour peer Viscount Stansgate this week put forward the question of the Regency Act in the House of Lords.

He asked: “Are the Government happy to continue with a situation where the counsels of state and regency powers may be exercised by the Duke of York or the Duke of Sussex, one of whom has left public life and the other of whom has left the country?

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King Charles And Queen Consort Camilla

The counsellors can fill in for the monarch when they are unavailable (Image: Getty)

“Is it not time for the Government to approach the King to see whether a sensible amendment can be made to this Act?”

Constitutional expert at Bangor University Dr Craig Prescott told The Times: “If you add Prince Edward and Princess Anne then it allows the Prince of Wales to travel overseas at the same time as King Charles.

“It just makes their calendar much easier to manage.”

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