Prince Harry and Archie at risk of losing place in line succession with Oprah interview

Prince Harry and Archie: Expert discusses line of succession

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Richard Fitzwilliams explained he believes there is a hint that Meghan and Harry have lost more than what they are letting on which could be revealed during the Oprah Winfrey interview. He explained Meghan’s comment that “a lot has been lost already” may signal there is more to lose for the couple or that they wish to divert further from the Royal Family. He added that Harry’s line of succession could be lost but it would require an Act of Parliament as the royal commentator struggled to think of what else Meghan could be pointing at.

Speaking on talkRADIO, host Julia Hartley-Brewer asked whether there were any constitutional issues arising from the Harry and Meghan interview. 

Mr Fitzwilliams replied: “A lot of the world is going to tune in and see it. 

“I think it’s very interesting because if you look at part of the second trailer that a lot of people haven’t commented on, the interest in the perpetuation of falsehoods and so on.

“Here you’ve got the thought that they’ve lost things.

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“I assume Meghan means the patronages that they thought they could cling on to.”

Mr Fitzwilliam continued: “Also the hint that they might lose more now.

“What more is there to lose conceivably, Harry, Archie and the baby’s place in the line of succession, but that would mean an Act of Parliament.”

Prince Harry is sixth-in-line for the throne with some calling for his succession rights to be removed to avoid a constitutional crisis in the UK should he ever end up as King.

Any removal of succession requires an Act of Parliament, similarly to what was used for Edward VIII who left the monarchy to marry his American lover.

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Separate acts would be required to also remove Archie and his brother or sister from the line of succession as they would not be automatically removed if Prince Harry were to be taken off.

The royal expert added: “What else? Goodwill in the Royal Family, joining in with Royal Family gatherings.

“If this interview will, as we both anticipate it will, lift the lid, what will happen, for example, in July when Harry comes over here and with William unveils the (Diana) statue?

“Every piece of body language will be put under the microscope, what about royal activities of the future role gathering?

“And therefore that comment could how they see themselves as members of the Royal Family in future years.”

The Oprah interview was filmed in advance of Harry and Meghan losing their patronages.

However, the decision to give them up may have been made in advance of their March review end-date.

Some political commentators suggest the decision to give up the positions in advance may have allowed the royal couple to go into the Oprah interview with a clear mind. 

The news of the lost patronages was announced a few days after the Oprah interview reveal. 

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