Will Camilla, wife of Britain’s Prince Charles, ever become queen of England? The story is a little more complicated than you may have thought, so let’s unpack it … At the time of their marriage in 2005 , the couple issued a statement reading: “Camilla will use the title ‘HRH the Princess Consort’ when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.” In 2020, The Times quoted an official at Clarence House, the official residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, as underlining this, saying: “The intention is for the duchess to be known as princess consort when the prince accedes to the throne. This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.” We need to ask though, why princess consort and not queen consort? After all, the queen’s mother became queen consort upon the coronation of her husband King George VI. Even after his death in 1952, and the accession of her daughter Elizabeth to the crown, she retained the title Queen Elizabeth the queen mother. Who is Alexandre Grimaldi-Coste, illegitimate teen son of Monaco’s Prince Albert? Apparently, the decision to refuse Camilla the title of queen was made partly out of respect for Charles’ late wife, Princess Diana, after her death in 1997 in a car accident in Paris. That is also why Camilla doesn’t use “Princess of Wales” and opts to go by the title “Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall”. Royal expert Marlene Koenig has opined that when Camilla wed Prince Charles, “Camilla was not popular or well liked, [although] this has changed a lot since the marriage as Camilla has taken on a lot of patronages and Charles is a lot happier. Still, [there was] a lot of tension and anger among a certain element of the population – so it was decided that Camilla would be styled as the Duchess of Cornwall, even though, of course, she is the Princess of Wales.” While it seems that the matter of Camilla’s queenship has been settled, here’s the rub. In 2005, Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay stated that it was, “absolutely unequivocal that she automatically becomes queen when he becomes king”, an interpretation confirmed by then-constitutional affairs minister Christopher Leslie. Who is Jazmin Grace Grimaldi, the illegitimate daughter of Monaco’s Prince Albert? In 2018, the website for Clarence House was revamped, with an FAQ about what Camilla’s title would be if her husband acceded to the throne being removed, kicking off whispers that she might be granted the title of queen, after all. Since her 2005 wedding to the heir to the British throne, Camilla’s popularity has grown in the court of public opinion, but a poll in The Sunday Times, in August 2017, still showed “two thirds of Britons did not think she should be queen, and only 19 per cent thought she was fit for the role”. Even if Charles get his chance to be king, this promises to be another tricky issue for Buckingham Palace to resolve. Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .