No matter how you cut it, that’s how it is. Prince Charles has several titles, and as his wife Camilla has the ‘matching’ titles, just like when Jane Doe marries Michael Smith she becomes Mrs. Michael Smith even if she prefers to go by “Ms. Doe.” Technically, both are accurate.
That being said, let’s take a look at Charle’s royal titles, shall we?
When the Queen ascended the throne in 1952, a three year old Prince Charles became the heir apparent and as such took on the following traditional titles:
- Duke of Cornwall
- Duke of Rothesay
- Earl of Carrick
- Baron Renfrew
- Lord of the Isles
- Prince and Great Steward of Scotland
That is quite a mouthful. At the age of nine (!) the Queen created Prince Charles:
- Prince of Wales
- Earl of Chester
So that’s eight significant titles for a nine year old. Not too shabby. Charles was officially invested as the Princes of Wales in a ceremony on July 1, 1969 when he was twenty years old. In 1981 when Diana married Charles, she held all of the titles as well and became:
- Duchess of Cornwall
- Duchess of Rothesay
- Countess of Carrick
- Baroness Renfrew
- Lady of the Isles
- Princess and Great Stewardess of Scotland
- Princess of Waless
- Countess of Chester
As we know, Diana was officially known as the highest rank, which of course was Princess of Wales.
So when Charles and Camilla married in 2005, Camilla automatically held all of these titles as well. It was decided that she would not to officially be known as Princess of Wales out of courtesy and respect for Diana’s memory. This was also of course to avoid the likely public outcry that would have ensued if she had.
The Prince of Wales’ official website says: “It is intended that The Duchess of Cornwall should use the title HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”
Interesting wording. The statement only says “intended” not “it has been decided” or something equally strong and definitive. I am sure that Charles would actually like Camilla to be Queen and this sort of messaging is part of the carefully planned strategy surrounding Camilla. They are carefully testing the waters of public opinion and I’m certain that as time goes on, sentiment towards Camilla will continue to that and it is very likely that Camilla will be Queen after all.
Recently, when asked by a reporter if Camilla could be crowned Queen, Charles was quite flustered and replied, “That’s…that’s…we’ll see, won’t we? That could be.”
And there you have it. Not much of a denial there at all, is there? I have to say I can’t find fault with Charles’ answer. After all, when he becomes King, Camilla will atleast be Queen in all but name as she supports him in his royal duties. I feel that the public should take their queue from Princes William and Harry. On the occasion of an official interview to mark his 21st birthday, Harry said, “William and I love her to bits. To be honest with you, she’s always been very close to me and William…she’s not the wicked stepmother. I’ll say that right now.”
What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts and predictions in the comments!