Prince Harry dealt fresh blow as Palace ‘try to remove him as Counsellor of State’

Prince Harry has been dealt another fresh blow as Buckingham Palace are reportedly trying to remove him from his role as Counsellor of State.

The 37 year old is currently in a battle over security he receives when in the UK – threatening to sue the British government if he is not allowed royal protection when he visits his home country.

Harry waived his rights to police protection when he and wife Meghan Markle stepped down as senior members of the Royal family in 2020.

But Buckingham Palace officials are now said to be considering how he could be removed from the role, which means he could be called upon to take the place of The Queen if she were unable to carry out her duties because of illness or absence abroad.

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The Daily Mail reports that the palace are also looking to revoke the role from Prince Andrew.

Counsellor of State authorises members of the Royal family to carry out most of the official duties of the monarch, including signing important documents, attending Privy Council meetings and receiving the credentials of new ambassadors to the UK.

There are only two other Counsellors of State, Harry's father Prince Charles, and brother Prince William.

A source told the publication: "It is a genuine problem that the Palace is looking to address.

"Can you imagine the Duke of York having to sign official documents, for example, because the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge were both abroad, and the Queen became ill?

"It's not an exaggeration to say it could put the monarchy in jeopardy. There could be events later this year which make such a change necessary."

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It is suggested that Harry and Andrew could be replaced by Princess Anne and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall if they are removed.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe recently told OK! how Prince Harry's request for security is the "biggest sign yet" that he and Meghan plan to return to the UK.

He said: "It's the biggest sign that he plans to bring the whole family to visit the UK.

"If this wasn't a pressing issue, he wouldn't be trying to push it through with immediate effect.

"This isn't Harry pushing for police protection on the off chance that they all come to Britain, this is clearly part of a plan that they have now to return, not necessarily permanently, but for the first time since they left as a family."

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