Camilla: Experts on ‘close relationship’ with Prince Philip
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Camilla and Prince Charles’ 15th wedding anniversary was overwhelmed with sadness this year. It fell on the same day that Prince Philip passed away aged 99 at Windsor Castle. Despite this, many royal fans sent their well-wishes on the special occasion.
Camilla has now thanked all those who wrote by sending a ‘thank you’ card with a picture of her and Charles.
With Philip’s passing, attention has been turned to Camilla and Charles and their journey towards the Crown.
The Prince has waited almost his whole life to ascend the throne.
It is unclear whether Camilla would ever achieve the same status, with many claiming she will be known as Princess Consort rather than Queen Consort.
Yet, even if Camilla was able to take on the role, a royal author once claimed that the Duchess is, in fact, wanted nowhere near it.
Robert Jobson, a royal reporter writing in his book, ‘William’s Princess’, noted fears from royal courtiers about the monarchy after the Queen passes away.
He claimed it is the public who would outright reject Camilla as Queen, and would be enraged by any move to do so.
Mr Jobson wrote: “Poll after poll has shown that the people love the Queen and are tantalised by the thought of Prince William succeeding his grandmother.
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“The reaction to Prince Charles is more complex, veering between animosity and tolerance. He is still not a future that inspires real public affection.
“As for Camilla, her presence on Charles’ arm is no longer met with hostility, and there is an increasing acceptance of her as Charles’ wife, even a creeping warmth, but the public do not want her anywhere near the throne or crowned as Queen Consort, which is her entitlement.”
However, he added: “Marriage to Camilla has not killed Charles’ hopes of being King one day, and it has not destroyed the monarchy as scaremongers and traditionalists once asserted – but nor has it been the absolute salvation for which Charles might have hoped.”
This may not be much of a problem for Camilla if previous reports are anything to go by as the Duchess is thought to have never particularly wanted to be Queen.
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Penny Junor, a royal author, has suggested that Camilla’s family are vehemently opposed to her taking on the role.
Writing in her book, ‘The Duchess’, Ms Junor said: “At least one member of her family doesn’t want her to become Queen for fear of a backlash.”
The family member told Ms Junor: “I think it would be better for her if she became Princess Consort.
“I do so want her to be all right and I do worry that she won’t be.
“How is she going to be judged?”
She added: “I have little doubt that Charles is so proud of Camilla, and so grateful for everything she has done for him and sacrificed for him, that he will insist she gets the full title.
“Friends and family know it is not something she wants – she has said as much.
“She is in this position because of her love of the man, not because of her desire to be anything more than a support to him.
“The whole business of his accession is something she dreads and, in her inimitable way, is choosing not to think about.”
But in an odd turn of events, Camilla’s son, Tom Parker Bowles, this month said there could be a chance she receives the title of Queen because her role has not yet been decided.
In an interview with The Times, he said: “I honestly don’t know if mum will be called Queen.
“That hasn’t been decided.
“There are lots of interesting Sky documentaries about that I’m sure, but I honestly don’t know if that’s true.”
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