Camilla Withdrawn Use of Prominent Royal Family Title “Out of Respect” for Princess Diana | Royal | New
A former royal butler told Express.co.uk that Camilla chose to take the title of Duchess of Cornwall after her marriage to Prince Charles, instead of becoming the new Princess of Wales. The Duchess made the decision to “bow” to public opinion, and to respect the former title of the late Princess Diana, who died in 1997.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Grant Harrold said: “The only thing I noticed was that when they got married it was publicly announced that she would be known as Princess Consort, and I think it was said that she would not be queen.
“I think because of public opinion, that’s why she’s not Princess of Wales, because technically she’s the Princess of Wales, one of the titles she has because her husband is the Prince of Wales.
“Obviously, because of public opinion and bowing down and acknowledging that, she took the title of Duchess of Cornwall as her official title.
“The title of Princess of Wales is there but she is not using it, from what I can see, out of respect for the late Diana, Princess of Wales.”
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Ahead of Camilla’s marriage to Prince Charles on April 9, 2005, Clarence House issued a statement saying that when the future king ascended to the throne, Camilla would be known as the Princess Consort, rather than the Queen.
This was due to Camilla’s unpopularity with the British public, who blamed her for contributing to the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage.
The Duchess of Cornwall first met the heir to the throne in the early 1970s and they entered into a short-lived relationship.
The two went on to marry other partners, Camilla marrying Andrew Parker-Bowles in 1973 and Charles marrying young Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.
Prince Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and finalized their divorce in 1996. By this point, Camilla was constantly the target of the tabloid press and had been vilified by the British public.
This situation only worsened after the untimely death of Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in 1997 at the age of 36. Her sudden death sparked unprecedented mourning and a public relations specialist was hired by the Prince of Wales to help rehabilitate Camilla’s image. .
The couple finally married in 2005, and Camilla began to undertake royal engagements and hold her own sponsorships.
Despite her unpopularity in the 1990s, the image of the Duchess of Cornwall has improved dramatically in recent years. According to YouGov polls, she is recognized as the 10th most popular member of the royal family and is considered one of the most trusted figures in the monarchy.
Clarence House also deleted the statement regarding her future title, prompting royal experts to question whether she would become Queen Consort when her husband becomes monarch.