Long live Queen … Camilla? It could eventually be the name on everyone’s lips after Clarence House made a significant tweak to its website this week.
Prince Charles and Camilla’s official website has removed every mention of The Duchess of Cornwall being named Princess Consort once Charles ascends the throne, leading to reports she will indeed be made Queen.
The Sun reports that Camilla’s biography and the Frequently Asked Questions section on the website used to refer to the Duchess as the future Princess Consort. Now, entire sections on the topic have been deleted.
Clarence House also removed a statement made before the couple’s 2005 wedding that said it was “intended The Duchess will be known as HRH The Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne”.
Until now, the royal family’s official stance has always been that Charles will be King and Camilla will be Princess Consort. Camilla’s lacklustre approval rating with the public during the early days of their relationship made the Palace wary of giving her too grand a title.
However, she has endeared herself to much of the Commonwealth in recent years and proved her tenacity in the face of harsh criticism from media and fans of the late Princess Diana.
Media has been littered with reports throughout the couple’s marriage that Charles wants Camilla to be shown the upmost respect and awarded the coveted title.
He further fuelled rumours in 2010 when asked by NBC if his wife would one day be Queen.
He replied: “We’ll see, won’t we? That could be.”
Clarence House has denied there’s any significance to the website change, and told The Sun the Frequently Asked Questions section was updated regularly.
“This is one question that Clarence House has not been asked by the public for some time, which is why it no longer features,” Clarence House spokesperson said.
If Camilla is eventually awarded the title, it’s doubtful it will go down well with the public. Polls have shown Brits aren’t even too keen on Charles being made king and would rather the throne skipped a generation and went straight to his popular son, Prince William.
A Australian poll from 2016 showed similar results with 40 per cent in favour of William being made king and just 25 per cent supporting Charles.
Despite public opinion, The Queen has made every indication she will hand the reins over to her son when the time comes.
The Times reported in January that Charles was rolling back his charitable work to make room for his new “kingly” duties. The paper cited sources from Clarence House who confirmed the prince was adjusting his schedule to help out his mother by lightening the load and balancing his responsibilities.
The source reportedly said to the newspaper that “the approach of the Prince’s 70th birthday provided a sensible opportunity to review his charities to ensure that they continue to deliver the maximum benefit for those people they were set up to help.”