Camilla could ‘step up’ to help Queen and lead Kate into new role, says expert

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, could be added to the Counsellors of State to help the Queen in slimming down the monarchy, an expert has claimed.

The 74 year old, whose husband reportedly offered Prince Harry an "olive branch", could be added earlier as the heir apparent’s spouse instead of having non-working royals removed.

According to Gertrude Daly, host of Gert's Royal podcast, the move could mean Kate Middleton could be added earlier as well.

By law, the Counsellors of State include the Sovereign's spouse and the next four people in the line of succession who are over the age of 21.

At the moment, Prince Harry, 37, his brother Prince William, 39, their father Prince Charles, 73, and his brother Prince Andrew, 61, are the four people who form the Counsellors of State.

Royal expert Gertrude told the Daily Star: “If they did want to add someone to the Counsellors of State, what may be easier than removing Prince Andrew and Prince Harry, is to include the heir apparent’s spouse as a Counsellors of State.

“Since Duchess Camilla is already going to be added, during Prince Charles’s reign, it could make sense to add her now. This would also set a precedence so that Duchess Kate could be added during Prince Charles’ reign, as the then heir apparent’s spouse.”

Two or more of the Counsellors of State are appointed by Letter Patent to act in Her Majesty's place in the event that she is unable to undertake official duties on a temporary basis due to illness or absence abroad.

However, the Queen would still have final say over Commonwealth matters, the dissolving of Parliament, the creation of peers and appointing a Prime Minister.

It comes after Buckingham Palace are reportedly trying to remove Prince Harry from his role as Counsellor of State.

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

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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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