Camilla to be ‘Queen in law despite title row’ when Charles is king, expert says

Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be Queen in law once Charles becomes King, a royal expert has claimed.

When the couple tied the knot in 2005, Clarence House said she would use the title of Princess Consort, as opposed to Queen when Charles becomes King.

According to Dr Robert Morris from University College London’s Constitution Unit, Camilla will become Queen anyway, even if she doesn’t use the official title.

He told the Daily Express: “The position in law is that you become Queen anyway, whatever style as it were, she wishes to adopt.

“This is a very uncertain bit of territory. What was said by the then-Prime Minister at the time was that Camilla would not take the title Queen, she would be known as Princess Consort.

At the time, a Clarence House spokesperson said: “It is intended that Mrs Parker Bowles should use the title HRH the Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.”

The move was seen as a show of deference to public opinion, due to the enduring popularity of Princess Diana, who died in 1997.

Despite this, Dr Morris claims that Charles always wanted Camilla to be Queen.

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He added: “This was an attempt to assuage people’s distress following the death of Diana.

“It is understood – I can’t say it more authoritatively – that Charles would like Camilla to be Queen.”

However, Clarence House has not confirmed these reports since the pair got married.

This comes after news that her popularity has increased to its highest in a decade, as the public seems to have warmed to the idea that one day she will be Queen.

The latest YouGov polling shows that both her popularity and that of Prince Charles have increased over the last three months since November.

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