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Can Prince Harry still be King? Line of succession as Meghan and Harry cement move

Prince Harry: 'No one can take' HRH title away says expert

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will not return to their former lives as working royals, they confirmed today. The couple had a year-long review period following their departure last year due to end in March, and as such, today’s announcement came as a surprise for many. The decision will also have sparked a lot of curiosity about what this means for the line of succession.

Can Prince Harry still be King?

The Duke and Duchess released a statement following their news today, in which they explained the rationale behind the early decision.

The statement, issued on their behalf by a spokesperson, said they would continue their service around the world.

It read: “As evidenced by their work over the past year, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex remain committed to their duty and service to the UK and around the world, and have offered their continued support to the organisations they have represented regardless of official role.”

“We can all live a life of service. Service is universal.”

The news means Prince Harry and his wife will relinquish patronages bestowed on them by the Royal Family, and won’t return to the UK for work.

While the couple can remove themselves from work, they can’t leave the line of succession on a whim.

Prince Harry is sixth in line and will remain so until Parliament decides otherwise.

MPs are the only people in the UK who can decide the composition of the line of succession.

Speaking to Royal Central, royal historian and author Marlene explained they would need an act of Parliament.

She said: “Succession to the throne is based on legislation including the Succession to the Crown Act, which includes the Act of Settlement.

“It would take an act of Parliament to remove a person from the line of succession.”

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There is precedent for the act, which Parliament last used nearly 90 years ago.

King Edward VIII, the Queen’s uncle, abdicated the throne in 1936.

He did so to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson but required Parliament’s assent.

MPs passed legislation allowing him to retire and the Queen’s father to take his place.

While Prince Harry could request to have his name struck from the line of succession, there would be little point.

He is currently sixth in line to the throne, behind his father, brother, nieces and nephews.

With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge allegedly planning another child, he may soon drift to seventh.

The only way for him to take the crown would be if the numerous heirs in front of him somehow couldn’t.

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