'Strong constitutional reason' Princes William and Harry can never fly on a plane together

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the line of royal succession has changed. Prince Charles has now become King Charles III while the Queen’s grandson, Prince William, is the new Prince of Wales. Prince William is now first in line to the throne, while Prince Harry is fifth.

Although Prince William’s children are ahead of Prince Harry in the royal line of succession, all of them are under the age of 18.

Therefore, if anything were to happen to King Charles III and Prince William, Prince Harry would act as regent for the next in line, Prince William’s son George until he came of age.

It is this fact which reportedly prompted royal aides to keep Prince William and Prince Harry off of the same plane – there were fears that if both were killed in a plane crash, a constitutional crisis would ensue.

If both Princes and the King were to die, Prince Andrew, who is eighth in line to the throne, would be next in line to become regent, followed by his daughter Beatrice.

Constitutional expert and royal author Brian Hoey said the pair of Princes will likely never fly together again.

He told The Sun: “There is a strong constitutional reason that William and Harry do not fly together – and that is to do with the line of succession.

“Royal aides have to consider everything, and this is very likely to have been a factor.

“While events happened very quickly, they have had years to plan for all eventualities.

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Prince Harry’s wife Meghan Markle stayed behind and did not travel to Balmoral, nor did Kate, Princess of Wales.

Princess Anne was already in Scotland with her mother while King Charles arrived swiftly at the residence as he and the new Queen Consort Camilla were staying relatively nearby at Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland.

At 6.30pm on September 8, Buckingham Palace gave a statement which said that Her Majesty had sadly died.

Prince Charles immediately became King Charles III and later announced that Prince William was heir to the throne as Prince of Wales.

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