Why there's such a big debate about Camilla's title

Danielle Stacey
Royal Correspondent

Watch the full episode 15 of Yahoo UK’s show ‘The Royal Box,‘ here.

The Prince of Wales is set to become King when the Queen dies, but there has been debate about what his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall’s official title will be.

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 said statement sparked speculation that Charles will make Camilla queen when he takes the throne.

But historian Kate Williams says “the official palace line is that her title is princess consort.”

The Duchess of Cornwall visiting The Supreme Court in central London [Photo: Getty]

Speaking on Yahoo UK‘s The Royal Box, Williams explains: “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.”

When Charles and Camilla married in 2005, although she legally is Princess of Wales, she took the title of the Duchess of Cornwall, out of respect to Diana.

While Camilla’s popularity has increased in recent years, she was blamed by many for Charles and Diana’s marriage breakdown. 

CNN Royal Contributor Victoria Arbiter thinks the Duchess of Cornwall will be Queen consort when the time comes. 

She says: “I don’t think Charles will stand for her being anything less.”