Harry and Andrew Are Still in Line of Succession—How They Could Become King

Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are still in line to take over the British throne despite having stepped down from official royal duties.

As things stand, Harry is currently sixth in the line of succession to the throne and Andrew sits in ninth position.

Both princes retain their places in the line of succession despite Harry stepping down as an official working royal in 2020 when he moved to North America with Meghan Markle and despite Andrews' surrendering of his public role in the wake of a sexual assult lawsuit filed against him by Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre in 2021.

On top of both princes no longer undertaking official duties on behalf of the queen, both Harry and Andrew were asked to surrender their military and royal charity patronages back to the crown. This meant that the patronages given to the princes by the queen were returned to her to be distributed to other royals such as Kate Middleton and Prince William.

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Prince Harry and Prince Andrew are sixth and ninth in line to the British throne respectively. Andrew (L) photographed March 13, 2013. Harry (R) photographed June 3, 2022. And St Edward's Crown (inset) photographed April 19, 1994. Eamonn McCormack/Getty Images/Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images/Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

The line of succession is the official order that members of the royal family would inherit the throne. The official list is published on the royal family's website to the 24th place.

Those that populate the list are the blood relatives of the queen starting with Prince Charles, who is first in line to the throne, followed by William and his children, Harry and his children and then Andrew.

For Harry to inherit the throne, the queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and his three children would need to predecease him. Though this is an extreme unlikelihood, concerns have been raised over the Cambridge family's habit of traveling together in the same plane when going on tours or holidays. In the past heirs would avoid traveling together in case of disaster.

Harry and Andrew were not born sixth and ninth in line to the throne. Their positions in the line of succession are determined by the children that their siblings have had.

When Andrew was born, as the second son of the reigning queen, he was second in line to the throne. Despite Princess Anne being 10 years older than Andrew, the British laws of primogeniture in effect at the time meant that she was automatically lower than her younger brothers in terms of succession. This law was changed in 2013 and the first royal princess who took precedence over her younger brothers in the line of succession was Princess Charlotte, though this doesn't apply retroactively to Anne.

Andrew remained second in line to the throne until Prince William was born in 1982 and he was again bumped down a place when Harry was born and took his place as third in line to the throne in 1984.

The line of succession's importance became highlighted in 1936 when King Edward VIII abdicated and the crown was passed to the next in line, King George VI, then the Duke of York.

When she was born, the queen was only third in line to the throne, the same position as Harry. If Edward VIII had married and had children, those children would have moved Elizabeth down the line but when he abdicated it became clear that she would one day become queen.

The line of succession is officially updated with each birth and death that occurs within the royal family. Royal spouses such as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle do not have positions on the list because they are not of royal blood, they instead could become queens only if their husbands become king.

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The line of succession lists members of the royal family in the order that they would inherit the British throne. Trooping the Colour photographed June 9, 2018. James Devaney/FilmMagic

The Line of Succession

1. Prince Charles
2. Prince William
3. Prince George
4. Princess Charlotte
5. Prince Louis
6. Prince Harry
7. Archie Mountbatten-Windsor
8. Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor
9. Prince Andrew
10. Princess Beatrice
11. Sienna Mapelli Mozzi
12. Princess Eugenie
13. August Brooksbank
14. Prince Edward
15. Viscount Severn
16. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
17. Princess Anne
18. Peter Phillips
19. Savannah Phillips
20. Isla Phillips
21. Zara Tindall
22. Mia Tindall
23. Lena Tindall
24. Lucas Tindall

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