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Queen urged to take Prince Harry out of line of succession to safeguard Prince George

Princess Anne may be a regent to Prince George claims expert

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The Queen has faced repeated calls to reconsider the line of succession to the throne in the wake of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step away from royal life for good. Royal commentators have questioned how Harry’s departure would reconcile with his duty as Regent to Prince George in the eventuality of the young royal succeeding Prince Charles and Prince William while underage. Under the Regency Acts 1937, the eldest male in the line of succession would be required to act as Regent to the new king or queen in the event of them taking the throne before turning 18.

The Duke of Sussex would be first in line for the position as the first adult in the line of succession after his older brother, the Duke of Cambridge.

The Acts also require the potential Regent to be a resident of the UK, which could put Prince Harry’s position further into jeopardy as he and the Duchess of Sussex have confirmed they plan to split their time between England and the US.

Prince Andrew would be the next in line for the role but his forced retirement from public duty has also sparked questions about the appropriateness of keeping the Duke of York in the pecking order.

Jeremy Vine contributor Dr Sarah Jarvis suggested earlier this week that the retroactive application of the Succession to the Crown Act on Princess Anne could help resolve the impasse.

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During a discussion on rewarding the Princess Royal for her commitment to the Royal Family and her constant hard work, Dr Jarvis argued Anne would be a great role model for Prince George.

She said: “The point here is although you’re quite right she is highly unlikely ever to become Queen.

“If anything were to happen to Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, she would then be Regent.

“Wouldn’t she be an amazing role model as a regent for George?”

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Commenting on Prince Harry’s departure from royal duty, expert Robert Jobson also expressed his support for the removal of the Duke of Sussex and his son, Archie Harrison, from the line of succession.

He also backed calls for putting Princess Anne ahead of her two younger brothers, Andrew and Edward.

Mr Jobson said on Twitter: “It gives totally the wrong message. Harry doesn’t want to represent the monarchy yet he and his children are above Anne and Edward.

“If anything happened to Charles & William before George came of age he could be acting as Regent. Primogeniture change should include Anne.”

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He added: “Personally, as he is no longer a working royal (for reasons previously stated) Prince Andrew should voluntarily step aside too and not be in the line of succession.

“It needs clarity, just in case.”

ITV’s royal editor Chris Ship also spoke in favour of pushing up the line Princess Anne by applying retrospectively the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.

He wrote on Twitter: “Yes. Princess Anne should be retrospectively reinstated above her younger brothers.”

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