Who Would Have Made a Better Queen, Camilla Parker Bowles or Princess Diana?

Now that Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall, will one day become queen consort, some royal watchers can’t help but compare her to the late Princess Diana. The duchess’ connection to Prince Charles seems to inevitably link her to the princess. Not everyone is a big fan of Parker Bowles, but most have come to accept her. Who would make a better queen, Camilla Parker Bowles or Princess Diana?

What would Princess Diana have been like as queen?

Princess Diana | Anwar Hussein/WireImage
Princess Diana | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

Princess Diana had a heart for people. Her care and concern for others helped convey a warmer image of the royal family, compared to the often cold one portrayed in the past, according to Ingrid Seward, author of the book, The Queen and Di. Seward spoke about Princess Diana’s gentle spirit and how she made an effort to extend help to the less fortunate:

She also had a genuine sympathy for the ill and troubled. In a royal family desperately in need of a humane face, she was the only one who could kneel to comfort a sick child and look as if she meant it. As much as anyone, [Queen] Elizabeth saw the good that Diana could do for the monarchy.

Queen Elizabeth had some reservations about Princess Diana’s behavior

Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images
Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth | Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Although Queen Elizabeth saw many good qualities in her daughter-in-law, she also saw behaviors she didn’t like. The queen wasn’t too happy with Princess Diana’s tendency to talk to the media about life behind the palace doors. Here’s what Seward had to say about Princess Diana’s clashes with Queen Elizabeth:

Yet as the Princess increasingly went her own way—for instance, when she gave a TV interview and questioned whether Charles had the moral character to be king—she became more and more of a liability. Charles and Diana had separated late in 1992; they were divorced in August 1996. And barely a year later, she was dead.

In the end, Diana was the one person the Queen never learned to handle. She reacted badly to criticism—any rebuke by the Queen was taken as an instance of the family ganging up on her. Neither patience nor the silent, steely-eyed displeasure Elizabeth had learned to deploy with such withering effect made any impression on Diana. Yet by doing nothing, and by allowing Diana to disregard the constraints of convention that keep the monarchy in place, the Queen unwittingly allowed the Princess to run out of control.

What would Camilla Parker Bowles be like as a queen?

Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall at  Sandringham Flower Show 2019 at Sandringham House | Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall at Sandringham Flower Show 2019 at Sandringham House | Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Many royal watchers didn’t know how to feel after Parker Bowles married Prince Charles and became next in line to become queen consort. Quite a few people couldn’t let go of the fact Princess Diana would never become queen. Since Prince Charles and Parker Bowles allegedly had an affair while he was still married to Princess Diana, some had trouble accepting the duchess. However, the public has warmed up to her and accepted her as the future queen consort. Over the years, Parker Bowles has gained the public’s trust through her service to the people and dedication to the British royal family. It seems she would make a good queen.

Would Princess Diana or Camilla Parker Bowles have made a better queen?

So, who would have made a better queen? Both Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles would make excellent queens. From what we know about her, Princess Diana seemed to care deeply for people and was dedicated to her causes. Parker Bowles also shares these qualities. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall will be great leaders.

Read more: The Heartbreaking Reason Princess Diana Almost Called off Her Wedding to Prince Charles

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