Prince Harry has RENEWED the lease on Frogmore Cottage - is this the telling sign he could be set to step in for the Queen?
- Prince Harry has hinted he could help the Queen in the not so distant future after renewing the lease on Frogmore Cottage.
- The Duke of Sussex has renewed the lease of the cottage before it expires and could be called to deputise for the Queen.
- This royal news (opens in new tab) comes as its revealed heartache in store for Prince Harry as he’s set to face pain that will strike ‘sour note’ (opens in new tab)
Prince Harry has renewed the lease on Frogmore Cottage and it's a telling sign that he could be set to step in for the Queen (opens in new tab).
The Duke of Sussex is eligible to continue serving as a Counsellor of State for the Queen because he has kept his Frogmore Cottage address at Windsor.
Despite it being almost two years since he quit the UK (opens in new tab) and stepped back from the royal family (opens in new tab) to start a new life in LA, Prince Harry has dropped a big hint that his grandmother is still very much in his thoughts.
The Queen, 95, who tested positive for Covid (opens in new tab) at the weekend, will mark her Platinum Jubilee this year having served 70 years on the throne and as one of four adults next in line to the throne, Prince Harry can still step in for the Queen following this move to renew his lease on Frogmore Cottage.
According to The Telegraph, the lease was due to expire on 31st March but he and Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) are understood to have decided to renew the lease - despite living in California with his wife and their two children, Archie, two, and Lilibet Diana, aged eight months.
And with the lease renewal comes the continued eligibility to keep serving his grandmother as one of her four Counsellors of State and that's because he qualifies as being a domiciled in Britain due to his old Windsor address.
The Sussexes, who paid back the £2.4m of public funds used to renovate the cottage plus rent up until March 2022, is one of four people that can undertake some of the Queen's duties if she is temporarily indisposed.
He joins Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Andrew, but with Prince Andrew stepping down from public duties (opens in new tab) it's unlikely that he will be called to stand in.
To be a Counsellors of State they must be over 21 and to act for the Queen can only be changed through legislation, according to Buckingham Palace.
The decision on any changes lies with Parliament.
But experts claim this would not happen unless her Majesty requested it, like she did previously when she allowed the Queen Mother and Prince Philip to step into her shoes.
It is thought Duchess Camilla could be a Counsellor of State upon the accession of Prince Charles as the wife of the monarch.
It's understood that Prince Harry is keen to return to the UK to attend the service of thanksgiving for his grandfather Philip which will be held at Westminster Abbey on March 29.
But he fears for his and his family's safety and is amid a legal battle to pay for his own police protection for the visit.
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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