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As Buckingham Palace officials are reportedly thinking of ways to remove one of their significant roles, Prince Andrew and Prince Harry seem to be facing a new humiliation.

Apart from the various titles the Duke of York and Duke of Sussex had to forgo, they will also lose their status as Counsellors of State, sources told Daily Mail. Counsellors of State, who are authorized to carry out most of the official duties, consists of the monarch's spouse and the next four individuals in the line of succession who are aged over 21. Their duties include receiving the credentials of new ambassadors to the UK, signing routine documents and attending Privy Council meetings.

Andrew, who is in news for a sex scandal, and his nephew, who has quit The Firm have been stripped of their military titles and royal patronages. According to sources the two along with Prince Charles and his elder son, Prince William, are still the Counsellors of State, but the status might not remain for much longer.

Talking about the role, a source said that it is a "genuine problem that the Palace is looking to address." The source asked if one can imagine Andrew "having to sign official documents, for example, because the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge were both abroad, and the Queen became ill?" According to the source, it could "put the monarchy in jeopardy."

But sources suggested that the two could not be stripped of their roles without changing the law. To remove them, an Act of Parliament would be required, perhaps replacing the two with Princess Anne and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. A source said that in the coming months, there could be events which "make such a change necessary."

In addition, Andrew and Harry will reportedly not be awarded Queen's Platinum Jubilee medals like other members of the Armed Forces, reported The Telegraph. According to Mirror, on Feb. 6, around 400,000 medals are expected to be awarded to frontline members of the prison and emergency services, apart from members of the Armed Forces who have finished five years of service. The monarch gives the medals, which mark Queen Elizabeth's 70 years on the throne, to show her gratitude to the public service of military personnel.

[Representational image] Britain's Prince Harry attends the Adam Tower project introduction and global partnership between, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa in Amsterdam on September 3, 2019 an initiative led by the Duke of Sussex to change the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations and communities that depend on it. KOEN VAN WEEL/AFP via Getty Images

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