Prince Harry: Royals have no power on succession says expert
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Graham Smith told Express.co.uk that only Prince Harry himself or Parliament can remove the Duke of Sussex from the Royal Family’s line of succession. Republic is an organisation that campaigns for Queen Elizabeth II to be replaced with a democratic, elected head of state.
Mr Smith said: “It is not up to the Royal Family what the line of succession is, it is not their decision to make.
“It is Parliament’s decision to make, the only person that can remove Harry from the line of succession apart from Parliament is Harry himself.
“Which again just highlights the stupidity of our monarchy.
“The royals have absolutely no power on that matter.
“I think the public and Parliament would not tolerate a move to find someone further down the line if something caused others to be removed from the line whether that is death or abdication.
“They may perhaps tolerate William but that is about as far as they would go.
“I would think if it starts going further down the line people are going to be saying we need to have a discussion about this because we did not expect it and did not want it so maybe we should start choosing who our head of state is going to be.”
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams has previously criticised Republic’s view on the monarchy.
Mr Fitzwilliams said: “[The Royal Family] benefits Britain financially in several other ways, through tourism, the benefits from royal trips abroad to British business and the interest from the international media is simply vast, something Republic cannot ever explain.
“The monarchy is Britain’s greatest soft power asset. They should note the Brand Finance Report of 2017 which said ‘Valued at 67 billion, the Monarchy is Britain’s Greatest Treasure’.”
Prince Harry's ‘unprecedented’ move discussed by expert
Last month royal commentator Hugo Vickers told Good Morning Britain that in the future if a “terrible disaster” happened to the Cambridge family Prince Harry would become king.
He was asked: “Has any member of the Royal Family had all of their titles removed in the last 100 years?”
Mr Vickers replied: “Well, not titles, the main example is the Duke of Windsor and when Edward VIII abdicated he was given the title of HRH the Duke of Windsor.
“But it was made absolutely clear that any children that were born to him would not be in the line of succession.
“So there was never any question of him coming back again.
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“The problem with Prince Harry is that he number six in line to the throne.
“So if some terrible disaster happened to the Cambridge family, he would find himself as King.
“The question you then have to ask yourself is do you want someone who has voluntarily opted out of royal life suddenly being called back to take that position?
“I don’t see how that can work.”
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