Prince Charles and Camilla

Queen Camilla: A likely future according to a constitutional expert

Despite the announcement that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be Princess Consort by Clarence House upon her marriage to Prince Charles, one constitutional expert believes that Queen Consort is much more likely.

Lord Norton of Louth, a professor at the University of Hull and peer in the House of Lords, is saying otherwise. Speaking to Sky News, he said: “Upon the death of the Queen, Charles automatically becomes King – that is it. His wife will become Queen Consort, formally established by precedent.

“But if she wishes to be known by another title, that’s a matter of royal prerogative, so the monarch could determine that another style will be employed.”

The couple, who just celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary were married on 9 April 2005 in Windsor. At the time, it was announced that upon Prince Charles ascending the throne, Camilla would be given the title of Princess Consort. Many believe this announcement was made, in part, to help smooth the public’s opinion of Camilla.

Others have said that Camilla would only like a title of Princess Consort, and Prince Charles is vying for her to be Queen. Clarence House has not commented on the matter.

The Duchess of Cornwall is an active member of the Royal Family, representing The Queen on many occasions. In 2016, Her Majesty made Camilla a privy councillor.

Over her 12 years as part of the Royal Family, and leading up to her marriage into it, the PR team at Clarence House and Buckingham Palace have worked overtime to win the public’s opinion of her.

She is furiously dedicated to her charity work, but unfortunately, the media is often pre-occupied with her past indiscretions.

Should Camilla not become Queen and only Princess Consort, it could set a dangerous precedent for the future and a trend that may not be broken.

What are your thoughts? Should Camilla be Queen?