Why Everyone Would Be Secretly Disappointed to See Prince Charles and Camilla Become King and Queen

In a surprise announcement to the Commonwealth Heads of Government, Queen Elizabeth formally asked that heir apparent Prince Charles be recognized as the next British monarch. While it wasn’t exactly a declaration that the queen is stepping down, it has certainly ramped up talk that her eldest son will wear the crown soon. (Thus making his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the queen.) And that idea has many people unhappy.

Here’s why so many people would be disappointed if Prince Charles and Camilla become king and queen.

For starters, people don’t like change

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla

Seeing Charles and Camilla on the throne would be jarring for many. | Arthur Edwards – WPA Pool/Getty Images

A monarchy without Elizabeth would be a big change for many people. She has been the reigning sovereign for over 60 years, and generations both in the U.K. and around the world are accustomed to her. It already appears that Prince Charles will rule very differently, which makes people both nervous.

Next: Speaking of things that make people nervous …

Charles’ foreign relations haven’t always been great

Prince Charles walking outside

Charles has made some serious missteps in the past. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The heir apparent has traveled abroad as a representative for the queen and the crown for many years. However, some of his behavior has rubbed other nations the wrong way. In 2017, Charles received backlash when a very negative letter he wrote in 1986 about an influx of European Jews in the Middle East became public.

Next: As for how he’s perceived at home …

His approval rating at home isn’t always good

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on March 12, 2018 in London, England.

Charles is far from the most popular royal. | Paul Grover – Pool/Getty Images

It’s no secret that Prince Charles’ home country isn’t too fond of him becoming king. He has long been seen as too sensitive to be a ruler, and too stubborn to take good advice when things don’t go his way. He’s also largely seen as being snobby, elitist, and hard to relate to. (More on that one page 6.)

Next: But it isn’t all Charles’ own fault …

Camilla has a lot to do with it

The Duchess of Cornwall, formerly Camilla Parker Bowles, arrives at St Georges Chapel in Windsor Castle after her civil wedding to Prince Charles 09 April. Prince Charles and his longtime sweetheart Camilla Parker Bowles married today after two months of muddled preparations and a lifetime of waiting.

Camilla has been a villain in British tabloids for decades. | Martyn Hayhow/AFP/Getty Images

In some ways, the disappointment has less to do with Prince Charles becoming king and more to do with his second wife, Camilla, becoming queen. The Duchess of Cornwall has been disliked ever since it became public that she was Charles’ mistress while he was married to Princess Diana. When Diana died, Camilla took on some of the public’s blame.

Next: But that’s not all …

Camilla is also a rumored social climber

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles arrive for a party at Windsor Castle

She is allegedly very socially driven. | Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

The duchess allegedly used to be obsessed with her great-grandmother, who was King Edward VII’s mistress, and it’s rumored the obsession may have driven her to destroy Charles’ marriage with Diana. There have also been constant whispers that Camilla acts incredibly entitled, and even tried to bash Kate Middleton in the wake of her engagement to Prince William because she was “too common”.

Next: Speaking of which …

More people want Prince William to be king

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge arrive at 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron

William and Kate are far more popular. | Andrew Chin/Getty Images

As the Duke of Cambridge has grown into a modern royal, he has also gained a lot of popularity among the masses. (It doesn’t hurt that his wife is very likable as well.) And since William has taken on more royal duties over the last couple of years, there has been hope that he might be the next king instead of his father.

Next: There is one question that remains, however …

Could Charles abdicate?

Princes William and Charles

It doesn’t seem likely that Charles will abdicate the throne for his son. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

While it seems pretty clear that Queen Elizabeth will pass the crown on to Prince Charles, there’s still the slim chance that Charles abdicates the thrown so that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can start their reign. That chance is, however, quite slim. Charles and Camilla seem pretty set on being king and queen — even if others don’t like it.

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