Prince Andrew remains Councilor of State, which could put him in place of King Charles

PRINCE Andrew will continue in his role as Councilor of State – meaning he can fill in for King Charles should he be unable to undertake official duties.

The Duke of York, who has held the role since 1981, could take over as the new king if he were ill or out of the country.

A Council of State includes the spouse of the sovereign and the next four people in the line of succession over the age of 21.

King Charles’ wife Camilla, the Queen Consort, will take on the role alongside Prince William and Prince Harry.

Prince Andrew’s daughter Princess Beatrice is the youngest member to be appointed at 34.

The Royal Family’s website states: “Counselors of State are empowered to carry out most of the sovereign’s official duties, such as attending Privy Council meetings, signing routine documents and accepting the credentials of new ambassadors to the United Kingdom.”

Prince Andrew has stepped down from the public eye following the uproar surrounding his friendship with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

He paid millions to settle a civil sexual assault case against a woman he claimed he never met.

In January, before his legal settlement, the Queen stripped him of all his honorary military posts, including colonel in the Grenadier Guards, and he abandoned his HRH style.

Virginia Giuffre sued him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein. Prince Andrew denied the claims.

Buckingham Palace has been asked for comment. Prince Andrew remains Councilor of State, which could put him in place of King Charles

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