Princes Harry and Andrew officially snubbed today in King Charles' Royal Family shake-up | The Sun

PRINCES Harry and Andrew will today find out if they have been officially snubbed in King Charles' Royal Family shake-up.

The House of Lords will today debate legislation over whether the non-working royals can stand in for His Majesty, or be banned from being Counsellors of State.

This comes after the House of Lords called for a "sensible amendment" as Harry lives 5,000 miles away in California and disgraced Andy has been dispatched from public life under a sex abuse cloud.

Andrew was stripped of his royal roles in February but has been a Counsellor of State since his 21st birthday in 1981 and Harry since September 2005, when he reached the same age.

And last month the Earl of Wessex and Princess Royal were made Counsellors of State, meaning they could officially able to take on the role in the King's absence.

The House of Lords will now today debate the amendment to the Counsellors of State bill which looks to exclude royals who have “not in the immediately preceding two years undertaken royal duties on a regular basis”. 

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The Telegraph reported Viscount Stansgate, Labour peer and son of party grandee Tony Benn, suggested in the House of Lords that it was the right moment to discuss “a sensible amendment” with the King.

He asked whether the Government was “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?”

However, a Cabinet source told The Telegraph it was neither the Government nor Buckingham Palace’s position that the proposal would remove either of the princes from being Counsellors of State.

Writing to the House of Lords last week, King Charles said he would be "most content" if the number of Counsellors of State "be increased to include my brother and sister, the Princess Royal and Earl of Wessex".

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The statement read: "To ensure continued efficiency of public business when I'm unavailable, such as while I'm undertaking official duties overseas, I confirm that I would be most content should Parliament see fit for the number of people who may be called upon to act as counsellors of State under the terms of the Regency acts 1937 to 1963 to be increased to include my sister and brother, the Princess Royal, and the Earl of Wessex and Forfar. Both of whom have previously undertaken this role."

The move is said to be designed to ensure Harry and Andrew will never be called upon to act as official stand-ins, without having to formally replace them.

It was previously reported that Charles was considering changing the law so counsellors of the state are only working members of the Royal Family.

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