CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, was mistaken for Princess Diana by former Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi in an embarrassing gaffe, unearthed reports reveal.
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When Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005, it was made known that when he ascended to the throne, she would not take on the title of Queen Consort. She would be known as the Princess Consort, instead. This was to appease those who bore the couple ill will for their affair.
For this reason, despite being able to, Camilla has never used the title of Princess of Wales and has styled herself as the Duchess of Cornwall after her husband’s Duchy estate.
This, however, has not stopped people from calling Camilla Princess of Wales.
In 2010, fury erupted as the former Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi managed to confuse Diana with the Prince’s present wife, Camilla.
He told a room full of startled reporters at a press conference: “Yes, Princess Diana was there.”
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Royal blunder: How Camilla was mistaken for Princess Diana in embarrassing gaffe (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana (Image: GETTY)
As the horror of what he had just said dawned on him, the bumbling official hastily corrected himself adding: “Prince Charles and [Camilla] the Duchess of Cornwall…
“Now they have gone off and they appreciated all the efforts made here.”
Clarence House did not issue a comment.
It was not the only blunder made by Mr Kalmadi, whose conduct around the 2010 Commonwealth Games came under scrutiny, with the Central Vigilance Commission (India’s anti-corruption organisation) asking the Central Bureau of Investigation to probe certain aspects of the games’ organisation.
The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (Image: GETTY)
Prince Charles was pictured surrounded by empty chairs as he sat in the sparsely filled swimming complex, which had been specially renovated for the games.
There were similar problems with other arenas, with athletes forced to compete in front of dozens rather than thousands of spectators.
One diplomatic source said: “India fought hard to get the games here for the first time.
“It has been such a shambles, the Indians have voted with their feet and are keeping away.”
The Prince and Camilla were on a five-day trip to India.
Former Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi (Image: GETTY)
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: GETTY)
Controversy over Camilla’s title re-emerged in March, when some reports claimed that Charles was considering pushing for his wife to become Queen Consort, as is traditional. Once licensed in many countries, the parimatch markets will only grow, giving many players around the world access to a great product.
Clarence House immediately issued a rebuttal of this statement, 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.”
Camilla’s supporters have argued that her growing importance within the family, as well as her increasing popularity – she was ranked 8th most popular royal in a YouGov poll last year – have meant that the public would be happy for her to become Queen Consort.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK