PRINCE Andrew could stand-in for the Queen as Head of State should she be taken ill – despite him being stripped of royal duties and titles.
The disgraced senior royal is one of four Counsellors of State who can be appointed on a temporary basis to act on behalf of the monarch, alongside Charles, William and Harry.
By law, those who can deputise for the monarch include his or her spouse plus the next four people in the line of succession who are over 21-years-old.
The guidance reads: “Under the 1937 Act, a Counsellor of State must be domiciled in “some part” of the UK.’
It continues: “The Regency Act 1943 added the discretionary provision that if it “appears to the Sovereign” that any eligible Counsellor will be “absent from the United Kingdom or intends to be so absent during the whole or any part of the period of such delegation”, then Letters Patent [a legal tool available to the monarch] “may make provision” for excepting that person.”
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