The Daily Telegraph

Beatrice expected to get new role as a counsellor of state


Princess Beatrice is expected to become one of four counsellor­s of state, allowing her to stand in for the King if he is abroad or incapacita­ted.

Under the 1937 Regency Act, the spouse of a monarch and the four adults next in line to the throne, can be deployed as counsellor­s of state on official business.

Queen Elizabeth II had four Counsellor­s of State – the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of York – with the Duke of Edinburgh also acting as one.

Buckingham Palace has been under pressure to eject Prince Harry and Prince Andrew from their roles and install other adult members of the working Royal family in their places.

Prince Harry can still act as a counsellor because he retained a UK address at Frogmore Cottage, Windsor, despite now calling California home.

Prince Andrew was effectivel­y sacked as a working royal over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and a civil court case in which he was accused of sexually abusing Virginia Giuffre.

His elder daughter, Princess Beatrice, is now ninth in line to the throne but the fourth aged over 21.

She married property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020 and they had a daughter, Sienna, in September 2021. Although not an official working royal, she does carry out occasional engagement­s. In this new role, she would be authorised to attend Privy Council meetings, sign routine documents and receive the credential­s of new ambassador­s to the UK.

The Queen is now eligible to become a counsellor of state as the King’s wife.

It is rare for counsellor­s of state to be called upon but not unpreceden­ted.

In May, Prince Charles and Prince William attended the State Opening of Parliament on behalf of the Queen, opening the new session after being deployed to deputise for her.

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