Commons [empty] threat to remove Royal Assent from Prince Charles?

I cannot think this is serious, except as a rhetorical warning across Prince Charles’s bows for not being good constitutional monarch in waiting…

The role of the Queen and Prince of Wales in signing off new laws is “arcane and complex” and could be abolished, MPs have said.

The Commons’ Political and Constitutional Reform committee warned that the process is “fuelling speculation” that the monarchy has an “undue influence”.

The MPs said there is “no evidence” that the law has been changed because of the process of obtaining royal consent, which they describe as a “matter of courtesy”.

However, they add that it is open to question whether this represents a “compelling justification” for maintaining the tradition.

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