Is Queen Elizabeth the Reason Camilla Parker Bowles Doesn’t Use Her Princess of Wales Title?

As the ruler of the Commonwealth Nations and the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth pretty much has the last say when it comes to divvying out royal titles. So when Camilla Parker Bowles tied the knot with Prince Charles in 2005, royal watchers wondered if she would receive Princess Diana’s former title as the new Princess of Wales. Bowles would go on to accept the title of the Duchess of Cornwall (one of Prince Charles’ other titles), but did Queen Elizabeth ban her from becoming the Princess of Wales?

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Camilla Parker Bowles and Queen Elizabeth | Photo by Chris Radburn – WPA Pool/Getty Images

This is why Camilla Parker Bowles is not called the Princess of Wales

Getting a handle on all of the royal family’s titles can be complicated. But as a general rule, those who are born a royal are granted titles of their own while those who marry into the family take on the titles of their spouses.

This is why Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex after she married Prince Harry, who was given the title of the Duke of Sussex. Likewise, Kate Middleton and Prince William are referred to as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Bowles, however, took a slightly different approach. She currently has the title of the Duchess of Cornwall, which is one of Prince Charles’ royal titles.

But she does not carry the title of the Princess of Wales, despite Prince Charles being known as the Prince of Wales – and for good reason.

According to Town and Country, Camilla Parker Bowles did not accept the title because she did not want to stir up controversy with the public.

Following her divorce from Prince Charles, Princess Diana continued to be associated with her royal title, something that did not diminish following her tragic death in Paris.

Prince Charles and Bowles were already suffering from bad press in the wake of his divorce and Princess Diana’s death. Although Bowles could have accepted the title of the Princess of Wales, it would not have gone over well with the people.

What title will Bowles get when Prince Charles becomes king?

While Camilla Parker Bowles settled her title controversy for now, she will face another hurdle when Prince Charles becomes the King of England. Although the public has grown to like Bowles over the years, there has been a lot of talk about her taking on the title of Queen once Prince Charles is on the throne.

A lot of Brits do not want Bowles to call herself Queen, mainly because of how her illicit relationship with Prince Charles destroyed his marriage to Princess Diana. Luckily, it is very unlikely that Bowles will receive the regal title.

When Bowles and Prince Charles tied the knot, the royal family revealed that she will become Princess Consort once he is at the head of the monarchy.

That has slightly changed over the years, and Camilla Parker Bowles is now fully expected to be called Queen Consort, which means she will hold similar responsibilities as a Queen but with a slightly different title.

Bowles will never be called the Queen of England because she was not born into the royal family. The titles of king and queen are only reserved for individuals who are born a royal.

Queen Elizabeth faces title controversy herself

Camilla Parker Bowles’ title questions aside, Queen Elizabeth’s regal name has also stirred up controversy in certain areas of the U.K.

When she began her rule as Queen Elizabeth II in 1952, people in Scotland became outraged because the first Queen Elizabeth did not rule in their country.

As confusing as it may sound, Queen Elizabeth II is actually the first monarch to bear that name while being declared the ruler of Scotland. Queen Elizabeth, of course, has a host of different titles, so the royal family usually avoids using her official insignia in Scotland.

In fact, royal mailboxes in the country do not bear the royal family’s seal, EIIR, to this day.

When he becomes the King of England, Prince William will face a similar controversy as people in Scotland would consider him William IV, while in England, he would be heralded as William V. Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about that for a long time.

Camilla Parker Bowles nor Queen Elizabeth have ever commented on the drama surrounding Bowles not being known as the Princess of Wales.