Crossword Genius

Councillor of state that is doubly close to emperor (6)


I believe the answer is:


'councillor of state' is the definition.
(historical type of official)

'that is doubly close to emperor' is the wordplay.
I cannot really understand how this works, but
'that is' could be 'viz' (I've seen this in another clue) and 'viz' is found within the answer.
The remaining letters 'ier' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

(Other definitions for vizier that I've seen before include "Foreign official" , "Former Muslim official" , "Important official" , "Souped-up car" , "Muslim minister" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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