Poll result: Who YOU want as King Charles III’s counsellors of state

The 1937 Regency Act declared that the positions are reserved for the spouse of the sovereign – Camilla, Queen Consort – and the next four royals in line to the throne aged over 21.

This means that William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and Princess Beatrice currently hold the positions.

Yet, the King is facing calls to change this by removing non-working royals from having such responsibility and being able to choose freely.

In response, Express.co.uk ran a poll from  1pm on Friday, September 23, to 4pm on Sunday, September 25, asking readers: “Who should be King Charles III’s counsellors of state?”

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Overall, 47,917 votes were cast by readers who could select up to four candidates to be counsellors of state.

Anne came out on top as the most favourable choice, receiving 27 percent (12,769 people) of the votes cast.

Current counsellor of state William was the second most popular among readers, receiving the backing of 26 percent (12,380 people) of readers to continue in his position.

Edward was also chosen to be a counsellor of state, finishing in third with 24 percent (11,414 people) of the vote.

The Princess of Wales was chosen as readers’ final counsellor of state, receiving the support of 19 percent (1,974 people) of readers.

New to the role, Beatrice received the support two percent (981 people) of readers.

Meanwhile, Harry and Andrew were not favoured to keep their positions with just one percent (426 people) and less than one percent with (203 people) voting for them respectively.

A further two percent (770 people) answered “other” indicating that they would like a different royal to have the position.

While username swhite said: “Those who are not working should not be entitled to give opinions or make decisions.  Non-working royals should not be Counsellors of State in today’s age.”

Queen Elizabeth II’s counsellors of state were Prince Philip until his death in 2021, Charles, William, Harry and Andrew.

Counsellors of state can attend Privy Council meetings and sign routine documents but only the monarch can carry out “core constitutional functions”.

It is rare for counsellors to be needed but Charles and William stepped in for the Queen earlier this year at the state opening of Parliament.

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