The second wife of the first in line to the British throne hasn’t been a favorite of the public, but Prince Charles seems adamant his wife be given the official royal title.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles separated in 1992 and three years later, during the infamous BBC Panorama interview, the public learned just how unhappy their marriage was. It was revealed by Diana herself that there was another woman her husband was in love with and carried on an extramarital affair with. That woman was Camilla Parker Bowles.
According to the Express, the Duchess of Cornwall’s title will change to Princess Consort upon Prince Charles’s ascension to the throne. The decision was made as a point of sensitivity concerning the late Princess Diana. But royal commentator, Victoria Arbiter, isn’t fully convinced, believing Prince Charles will insist “his wife adopt her rightful title.”
Prince Charles is the longest reigning heir to the throne in history, with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, having ruled since roughly 1952 — nearing 67 years. Already, the country is looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, marking 70 years as their sovereign. Queen Victoria holds the second longest reign after Queen Elizabeth II, with the former’s son, Edward VII, the second longest royal to await ascension at 59 years before taking the throne.
It was previously reported that despite Charles wanting to give his wife a Queen title, he could be blocked constitutionally. Royal biographer Christopher Wilson previously claimed that the “legitimacy” of the couple’s marriage could be called into question, presenting them with a problem when it comes to her title.
For now, Camilla Parker Bowles remains solely as the Duchess of Cornwall, as Queen Elizabeth is still the head of the royal family.