A twofer OP. First yet another OP in the GQ continuing series on succession–and its recent GQ flood of hits on Harry and Meghan–then a query on Brit Royals and government.
I just read that even with a recently revised something-something Succession Act ( somebody here will know what I’m talking about), Harry, being 5th and not 7th-and-beyond (I think that’s the cut-off), had to ask Mama officially for permission and Mama had to officially inform whomever needs to be informed of these things.
What’s the deal on that? Is there a document publicly available recording this action?
When has it been exercised with a “No” last?
This is perhaps answerable by a word or words of general applicability, the differences between each being interesting: what is the technical (political) word for, eg, where in query 1) above I write “this ‘action.’”’
- Is there one at all? Ie, specifically for stuff like this, where the Royal she/he carries out an obligation otherwise not named (such as “Reciting the Oath,” or something else the Government must have)?
1a. I ask this as attendant upon my realization that I don’t know if “decree” is some real term of art for Royal/government activity, historically or even, at least in a dictionary, currently. Is it?