Camilla Parker Bowles Rejects Title of Queen When Prince Charles is King, What She Wants To Be Called Instead

Prince Charles is the heir apparent who will one day take over for his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. There was a time when it was unthinkable for any woman other than Princess Diana to be by his side when he ascends the throne. But we now know that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be when that time comes.

Although Prince Charles’ current wife has gained more acceptance now than what she had back when Diana passed away, there is still a percentage of the public who don’t ever want to see her as queen. Well, there’s good news for them because Camilla doesn’t want that title either. Read on to find out what the duchess has said about that and what title she does want when Charles becomes the monarch.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles | David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

What Camilla’s titles are now

These days Camilla has more than just her Duchess of Cornwall title. She actually has a few regal titles.

When she’s in Scotland, Camilla goes by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay since Prince Charles is His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay. And when in Cheshire, England, she goes by Countess of Chester.

Another title Camilla has is Princess of Wales. Yep, you read that correctly. Upon her marriage to the Prince of Wales on April 9, 2005, Charles’ bride became the Princess of Wales. However, it’s a title she never uses because of its association with the late Princess Diana.

Poll reveals Britons never want her to be queen

As previously mentioned, members of the British public have softened their stance on how they feel about the duchess now. But can the majority ever accept her as queen?

Well, apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds because in a poll conducted by The Express at the end of last year, 62% of Britons said they would not be pleased if Charles’ second wife became Queen Camilla. Only 35% of those who voted were fine with it and 3% were still unsure.

Don’t call Camilla queen, what she’ll be known as instead

Camilla Parker Bowles
Camilla Parker Bowles | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

It’s not just the public, it’s also Camilla herself who doesn’t want to be queen consort.

The Duchess of Cornwall’s biographer, Penny Junor, explained that Camilla never wanted any parts of that queen title.

“Friends and family know it is not something she wants — she has said as much,” Junor wrote in her book, The Duchess. “[Camilla] is in this position because of her love of the man, not because of her desire to be anything more than a support to him. The whole business of his accession is something she dreads and, in her inimitable way, is choosing not to think about.”

And just last week, a rep for Charles and Camilla made that clear as well telling the Daily Star, “The intention is for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne.”

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