After symbolic action: Is King Charles pushing his brother and son out into the cold?

What may seem like a nice gesture by King Charles is probably in reality a sign of the deep rift in the British royal family.

This is what several British royal house experts believe, after it has emerged that King Charles has expanded the royal inner circle.

“It is clear that there was no reunion at the Queen’s funeral and that Charles fears the worst from Harry’s Netflix series and book. Harry is completely excluded – until he decides to return home to Britain and ask for forgiveness.’

This is how it sounds, among others, from royal commentator and author Tom Bower Daily Mail.

Princess Anne can now officially be the deputy of her older brother, King Charles.
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According to English law, the royal inner circle is made up of the Regent’s husband or wife as well as the four next in line of succession who are over 21, which is currently Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice.

But since two of the four – Prince Andrew and Prince Harry – are one of a kind persona non grata in the British royal house and, by the way, are no longer referred to as working members of the royal house, it has given the new king a bit of a headache.

Because it would hardly arouse enthusiasm if one of the two were to act as deputy for the king.

There has therefore been much speculation as to whether he would get the law changed so that it only covered the working members, which would exclude Andrew and Harry.


Prince Harry has been pushed out into the cold.

Prince Harry has been pushed out into the cold.
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However, the 74-year-old king chose not to do that. Instead, on his birthday on Monday, he chose to expand the inner circle from four to six people, so that his sister, Princess Anne, and brother, Prince Edward, also got into the heat.

But even if that solution seems diplomatic, it is not necessarily so.

According to several British royal house experts, the solution must be interpreted as Prince Andrew and Prince Harry being pushed out into the cold.

Because with Princess Anne and Prince Edward on the list of surrogates, it is highly unlikely that Prince Harry or Prince Andrew will ever be asked to stand-in for the King.


King Charles now has several deputies to choose from.

King Charles now has several deputies to choose from.
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“Of course it’s unfortunate for Harry and Andrew, but there’s a good reason for it and it’s necessary,” says royal commentator and author Angela Levin to Daily Mail.

She believes that Harry and Meghan will be furious at the decision, but that it is not about what they want, but what the king needs. And there are some deputies who live in the country and can be contacted.

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