Queen Elizabeth surprised the entire world when she expressed her desire for Camilla Parker Bowles to be styled as queen consort. Her announcement came as a shock to royal fans and royal experts, but not necessarily for the members of the royal family and the queen’s household.
After all, it was recently revealed that Queen Elizabeth already knew as far back as 2017 that she wants Camilla to be styled as queen consort when Prince Charles ascends the throne.
Before the queen made her announcement during her Platinum Jubilee on Feb. 5, royal fans and experts believed that Camilla will be styled as a princess consort. After all, Clarence House previously confirmed that Camilla will be styled as such. And when they were recently asked about Camilla’s title, they still had the same answer.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles Agreed That Camilla Should Be Styled As Queen Consort
But Kerene Barefield, the executive producer for True Royalty TV, told Fox News that the palace and the royal family already welcomed Camilla with open arms years ago. So, it wasn’t surprising for them to know that the queen wants her daughter-in-law to be styled as queen consort.
“They all believe it’s the right thing. Camilla has done a lot of good for the royal family. She’s always been there for Prince Charles. And I’m being told that everyone believes this is the right decision. [Royal author] Angela Levin, who is currently writing a book about Camilla, told us that this decision was actually made five years ago between the queen and Prince Charles. It’s only recently, in February, that it was announced to the public,” Barefield said.
Prince Harry Hasn’t Reacted To Queen Elizabeth’s Wish
Barefield also shared her thoughts on why she thinks Prince Harry has not commented on the queen’s wish for Camilla to be styled as queen consort.
“He came out and did a speech that supported Diana's positive work. It was lovely, but there were certainly questions. It also made people miss the cheeky chap we knew and loved. But he’s got a lot to do before he gets back in the UK’s good books,” she said.
Queen Elizabeth Wants A Smooth Transition Within The British Monarchy
In her Platinum Jubilee statement, the queen also took note of Camilla’s loyal service to The Crown and Prince Charles over the years. This makes it right for her to be styled as queen consort instead of princess consort.
“When, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes king, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me. And it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort as she continues her own loyal service,” the queen said.
Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt told the Associated Press that the queen wants nothing more than to have a smooth transition to the future after she passes away.
“This is the most extraordinary message. The queen is ensuring the transition, when it comes, to her son as a king is as seamless and trouble-free as possible. She’s future-proofing an institution she’s served for 70 years. And for Camilla, the journey from being the third person in a marriage to queen-in-waiting is complete,” he said.
However, some royal fans are not also thrilled with the idea of Camilla being styled as queen consort because they are more loyal to Princess Diana. These royal fans are convinced that Camilla’s future royal title will disrespect the late royal’s memory. After all, Camilla had an affair with Prince Charles while the latter was still married to Prince William and Prince Harry’s mother.
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