'Camilla should be Queen when Charles becomes King'

The Duchess of Cornwall should be given the title of Queen when the Prince of Wales ascends the throne, says Jennie Bond.

The former BBC royal correspondent covered Prince Charles’ marriage breakdown to Princess Diana in the early nineties.

Charles’s affair with Camilla led to a significant backlash and she initially struggled to gain support from the British public.

The couple wed in 2005 and in recent years, public support for Camilla appears to have increased.

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ASCOT, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is seen during the presentation of the Prince of Wale's Stakes on day two of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 19, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cornwall at Royal Ascot. [Photo: PA]

Bond tells Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box:’ “I’m glad there’s much more sympathy towards both Camilla and Charles now.

“Although I still do get the idea that there is a resistance to her [Camilla] being Queen.

“I think it’s still the residual feeling that she and Charles betrayed Diana, but as I say, I think that’s a long time ago and that in my view, if your husband’s called king, you’re called queen.”

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Charles and Camilla on their wedding day in 2005. [Photo: PA]
Charles and Camilla on their wedding day in 2005. [Photo: PA]

Last year it was reported that Clarence House had removed the question, “Will the Duchess become Queen when The Prince becomes King?” from its FAQs section.

Their response said: “As was explained at the time of their wedding in April 2005, it is intended that The Duchess will be known as HRH The Princess Consort when The Prince of Wales accedes to The Throne.”

The removal of the statement sparked speculation that Charles will make Camilla queen when he takes the throne.

Historian Kate Williams previously told Yahoo UK: “There has not been an official notification, and Charles has said in a few interviews, he used the word queen, it’s obviously more Charles’ expectation and wish that she would be queen, but at the moment the official line is that she’ll be princess consort.”