The official titles of new members of the royal family continually fascinate us. Will Meghan be a Princess? Will Kate be Queen? And what about Camilla Parker-Bowles, the second wife of Prince Charles?
While the first two are the source of constant interest, the latter is one that has been the subject of much intense and emotionally invested speculation ever since Prince Charles and Camilla got married in 2005.
When the couple wed, it was announced that instead of becoming Queen Camilla, she would instead be The Princess Consort. This was likely decided on due to the level of hostility felt by the majority of the public towards Camilla, who famously had an affair with Charles while he was still married to the late Princess Diana. The latter’s death inevitably cemented Camilla’s status as one of the most unpopular women in Britain, whether rightly or wrongly. A recent survey showed that two thirds of the public still believe she should not be Queen.
Now, eagle-eyed royal fans have noticed that all mentions of Camilla as the Princess Consort have been removed from Prince Charles’ official website, Clarence House. After multiple news sources reported on the perceived change in opinion, the palace issued a statement clarifying the matter.
‘Our Frequently Asked Questions are updated regularly,’ a palace spokesperson later told the Telegraph. ‘This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features.’
Technically, Camilla should be known as the ‘Queen Consort’ when Charles ascends to the throne, as Kate Middleton will be known as Queen Catherine when Prince William becomes King. In fact, both Prince William and Kate Middleton might be due a title change when Charles is King, and it is likely William will be the new Prince of Wales. Whether or not Kate takes on her late mother-in-laws title, as Catherine, Princess of Wales, remains unknown but may be unlikely out of respect for her - just as Camilla has never styled herself this way, but as the Duchess of Cornwall.
As for Meghan Markle, she will likely be a Duchess on her marriage to Prince Harry, who many think will be given the title Duke of Sussex. Only girls born into the royal family are styled as a Princess, like Eugenie and Beatrice.
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