Camilla Parker-Bowles has been the subject of talk revolving around whether she’ll be England’s next queen when her husband, Prince Charles, becomes king. In a bombshell report by Newsweek, a source close to the royal family and insiders even closer to Camilla reveal what she really wants when Charles becomes king.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have been married 10 years. In a poll by YouGov in April 2015, only 35 percent of those who voted didn’t want Camilla as queen, and 49 percent favored the idea.
Prince Charles has come to accept that his wife won’t ever be fully accepted by Britons. When he becomes king, he can make Camilla “queen consort” at his discretion, but he understands that the British public may not be so excited about that.
According to sources speaking with Newsweek, Camilla isn’t as relentless about being queen as the tabloids have made her out to be. In fact, she’s not that interested at all in becoming queen consort.
A royal insider reveals that contrary to rumored tabloid reports, Camilla Parker-Bowles would be just fine not having the title of queen.
“The duchess is laid back about it,” said the royal source. “I don’t think she will mind if she is not crowned queen.”
Camilla Parker-Bowles’ nephew and businessman, Ben Elliott, shares that she doesn’t want to be queen.
“She has no ambition to be queen. She just wants to support her husband,” Elliott said.
Art historian Roy Strong has been acquainted with the Duchess for several years and reveals that being queen isn’t a priority for her.
“She is not a woman who ever wanted to be queen and by default end up as the king’s wife,” Strong said. “You don’t feel she is a scheming fixer. I don’t think that sort of ambition is in her mind.”
No constitutional document states that the wife of a king must be titled “queen,” according to the report. It’s a matter decided by “royal prerogative rather than Parliament.” In other words, Charles has sole authority to give his wife the title of Queen Camilla.
Charles and Camilla’s official London residence, Clarence House, announced after their marriage in 2005 that Camilla would be known as “princess consort” when Charles takes over the throne.
Camilla Parker-Bowles is most likely to become queen depending how the British public perceives her. They judge her specifically on how well she gets on with Princes William and Harry. Camilla is infamously blamed for the breakdown of Charles marriage to Princess Diana. When Diana died in 1997, her popularity grew to even greater heights. It wasn’t until 2002 that the public warmed up more to Charles’ relationship with Camilla. In 2005, they felt comfortable enough to get married without too much backlash.
A source says that William and Harry will never be close with Camilla. They’re happy that she makes their father happy and aren’t opposed to being seen with her, but they maintain a certain distance from her.
“She gets on better now with William and Harry, and they are pleased she makes their father happy, but they are not especially close,” the royal insider told Newsweek. “She doesn’t see a lot of William and Kate, particularly since they moved to their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. At one time, it was thought the duchess and Kate would bond, but it hasn’t happened. William also always makes it clear that Camilla is the wife of his father, but not a stepgrandmother to his children, and that Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte have two grandfathers, but only one grandmother.”
It’s unknown if Camilla Parker-Bowles will be titled “queen consort” when Prince Charles becomes king. Speculation has continued for years over what Camilla’s title will be. No matter what Charles decides, Camilla will always be a source of controversy in the royal family to some degree.
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