There has been much speculation on what title Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 74, will receive when her husband Prince Charles, 73, becomes king. Royal biographer Penny Junor claims that public opinion could play a part in what title she receives.
According to the coronation section of the royal website, the title usually granted to a ruling king’s spouse is “queen consort”.
It reads: “Unless decided otherwise, a Queen consort is crowned with the King, in a similar but simpler ceremony.
“If the new Sovereign is a Queen, her consort is not crowned or anointed at the coronation ceremony.”
However, following Charles and Camilla’s 2005 wedding, the couple issued a statement saying she planned to “use the title HRH the Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.”
It is believed that Camilla’s decision to use the princess consort title was made out of respect for Diana.
This is also said to be the reason why Camilla uses the Duchess of Cornwall as her current title, as opposed to the Princess of Wales.
The usage of the title “princess consort” was reiterated in March 2020, when reps for the couple told The Times the intention “for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne” had remained the same.
The rep added: “This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.”
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Penny Junor who has written several royal biographies including ones about both Prince Charles and Princess Diana claimed that Charles becoming King will be a “difficult” time for Camilla.
Ms Junor claims that the spotlight of being the monarch’s consort will invite comparisons to the late Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
Ms Junor explained to the Telegraph: “She is a normal woman who, because of her relationship with Charles, has found herself in an abnormal situation.
“I don’t think titles do it for her, and the prospect of being Queen or Princess Consort, the fuss there will be at the time, the comparisons to Diana, it will be a very difficult time for her.”
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The royal biographer went on to claim that her portrayal in future series of the Netflix show The Crown, which dramatizes the life of Queen Elizabeth II from the forties to modern times, could influence public opinion on both her and her title.
Penny said: “My feeling is that she will be Queen rather than Princess Consort because Charles is so proud of her and so grateful to her and loves her so much that he would find it difficult to give her a lesser title.
“It would be demeaning.
“That said, public opinion will play its part, and if The Crown has just put out a new series that paints her in a bad light, or Prince Harry has just dropped some sort of bombshell, it could change things.”
It comes after The Crown has been criticised for its dramatic license in previous seasons.
In previous seasons, Camilla Parker Bowles has been portrayed by Emerald Fennell.
Season four depicted Camilla as “the third person” in the marriage between Charles and Diana.
The fifth season of the show, which is scheduled for release next November, is expected to feature a series of controversial issues facing the Royal Family in the nineties.
It will chronicle the divorce of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and the fallout from Diana’s death.