THE Royal Family will prevent Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall to be crowned Queen when Charles becomes King to avoid criticism from the public, former royal butler Grant Harrold has claimed.
The Royal Family could decide to keep Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, from serving as Queen of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland alongside husband Prince Charles when he is crowned. There has been much speculation on whether Camilla will ever get to wear the crown but formal royal butler Grant Harrold said the Family has long set out plans for the future. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Harrold revealed the Prince of Wales had originally planned to have his second wife become Princess Consort but concerns over “public outcry” caused a change of plans.
Mr Harrold said: “Prince Charles made it very clear that when he was King, she’d be Princess Consort. In fact, the Palace actually stated that.
“But recently somebody told me they’ve taken that away and it created speculation as to whether when the prince becomes the King, will she then be the Queen?
“It is very difficult to say because as you can see with the downfall with the expenses, the public has very strong opinion and views.”
Indeed the Royal Family has come under fire after the household published a record of all expenses from the past year, with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle facing much of the criticism over renovation spending on their Windsor home.
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Mr Harrold suggested the attachment the British public still feels for the late Princess Diana could cause further criticism should Camilla be announced as the future Queen.
He continued: “Seen strictly on paper, and what people may not realise, is that she is actually the Princess of Wales. She is married to the prince and one of the titles she assumed was Princess of Wales.
“She’s never used it out of respect, that’s why she went with the other title – Princess Diana was also the Duchess of Cornwall but we never knew her as that.
“It’s an example of how they appreciate and respect Princess Diana and they also respect the views of the British public.”
He added: “When that time comes, it’s something that will be handled very carefully and we’ll see whether they share the announcement she will be crowned Queen and there’s a public outcry, they then will possibly change it.”
In 2005 Buckingham Palace confirmed the newly-titled Duchess of Cornwall would be referred to as HRH The Princess Consort following the coronation of her husband Prince Charles.
The choice is believed to have been the result of the public upset the unexpected death of Princess Diana in a car accident in Paris had caused less than ten years before. For the same reason, Camilla opted to forego the title of Princess of Wales and adopted the secondary title of Duchess of Cornwall.
According to the Coronation Oath Act 1688, during which the sovereign swears to maintain the statute laws and customs of the UK, a Queen may also take the oath alongside her consort.
This was the case of King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth – while their daughter, Queen Elizabeth II, chose to take the oath without her husband Prince Philip.
Although Camilla has long made her mark on the Royal Family since marrying Charles in 2005, with the Queen even promoting her to the Privy Council in June 2016, one royal expert claimed the Duchess of Cornwall is not likely to have an easy start to the job.
Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “The question of Camilla as Queen Consort, regarded now as a virtual certainty when Charles ascends to the throne, is never likely to be popular in the polls.
“It is universally acknowledged however that they are inseparable and perfect for each other.
“The Prince has done a phenomenal amount for charity and it is, to put in mildly, uncharitable not to accept the love of his life.
“Her role as Queen Consort would be to continue doing what she does now so well, to support Charles and carry out royal engagements as well as continue to help the major charities and institutions she supports.”
We’ll see whether they share the announcement she will be crowned Queen