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Nicholas Witchell risks annoying Prince Charles… again

Veteran Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, appears to have landed himself in hot water again, after he asked an audience to vote on whether they think the Duchess of Cornwall should become Queen.

Mr Witchell, who has worked for the BBC for 40 years, asked a crowd at the Cheltenham Literature Festival whether they felt “comfortable” with the prospect of Camilla becoming Queen. Of those polled, around half said that they wouldn’t.

The BBC’s Royal Correspondent is famous around the globe for his rocky relationship with the Prince of Wales.

In 2005, Prince Charles called Witchell an “awful man” after he asked him about his upcoming wedding to Camilla Parker Bowles.

In the interview, sitting besides his sons, the Prince was heard muttering: “Bloody people. I can’t bear that man. I mean, he’s so awful, he really is.”

The impromptu poll was carried out at the festival when Mr Witchell was interviewing royal biographer Andrew Norman Wilson. An audience member asked Mr Wilson whether Camilla would one day become Queen.

Mr Wilson confirmed that The Duchess of Cornwall would one day take up the title, prompting Mr Witchell asked the audience to raise their hands over whether they felt comfortable with the idea.

The debate over whether Camilla should be Queen has been going on for over a decade now.

Royal Central’s have investigated into the issue and have found that the wife of a monarch does not have to be known as Queen Consort, and when contacted by this website at the time the Cabinet Office said: There is no requirement for the wife of the King to use the title ‘Queen Consort’…Titles are usually conferred by the Monarch via letters patent.’

Clarence House has previously said that Camilla will go by the title Princess Consort, the British public has greatly warmed up to her and half want her to be Queen, so only time will tell what will ultimately come.

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