The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially vacated Frogmore Cottage for good, but losing his UK residence has further implications for Harry.


Prince Harry is set to lose another royal role following his eviction from Frogmore Cottage, which had been his and wife Meghan Markle’s official base in the UK since their marriage. A royal expert explained that no longer having a home in this country means Harry cannot act as a counselor of State should King Charles no longer be able to act as monarch.

Today, June 30, was the deadline for the Sussexes to leave the Windsor property, with their last remaining possessions being shipped to their home in Montecito, California.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told The Sun: “Losing their UK home without a replacement is a huge deal.

“The most important aspect as far as Harry is concerned is that it means he can no longer act as a counselor of State.
That’s hugely important because, in theory, he had the right, in the event of the King being incapacitated, to do this.
Although he is no longer a working royal, he still had this right, and by not having a UK residence, he has now thrown this opportunity away.”

He added: “But it means if they don’t have a UK residence when William ascends to the throne, then he will be unable to support his brother—not that he does that now.”

Counselors of State are typically made up of four royals next in line to the throne who are over the age of 21 and the monarch’s spouse.

The official counselors of State were Queen Camilla, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, and Princess Beatrice, although last year Charles proposed that his other siblings, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, be added to the list.

With Harry and Andrew stepping back as working royals, the King requested an amendment to the 1937 Regency Act, which outlined the role and responsibilities of the Counselors of State.
The proposed change was read out to the House of Lords, which said adding Anne and Edward would “ensure continued efficiency of public business when I’m unavailable, such as while I’m undertaking official duties overseas.”

Now that Harry and Meghan no longer have Frogmore, it was revealed they would have to come to a “private agreement” with the King if they wanted to stay at any royal residences in the future.Harry most recently stayed at Frogmore when he jetted back to London for a three-day visit as part of a court case.

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