Prince Charles warned over Camilla’s future as Queen: ‘Needs Number 10 behind him’

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PRINCE CHARLES has been warned over making Camilla Queen by a constitutional expert, who said the heir apparent “needs Number 10 behind him” to make the change.

When Charles and Camilla tied the knot in 2005, it was announced that she would be known as “Princess Consort” rather than Queen once Charles becomes King.

Charles reportedly made the decision after consulting with advisers several years after the tragic death of his ex-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales.

However, the Prince of Wales has been warned that in order to make any changes around Camilla’s title he must first win the Government’s backing.

Dr Robert Morris, from University College London’s Constitution Unit, discussed the “tender” issue in an interview with Express co uk.

Prince Charles warned over Camilla’s future as Queen: 'Needs Number 10 behind him'

Prince Charles warned over Camilla’s future as Queen: ‘Needs Number 10 behind him’ (Image: GETTY)

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Camilla: Was handed top honour by the Queen (Image: GETTY)

He said: “What we have thought in the Constitution Unit was that Charles would be wise to discuss this matter with the Prime Minister of the day.

“He really has to have the Government behind him if he wants to make the lady Queen, I think.

“Although opinion over Camilla has changed quite radically in recent years, it’s still a tender point.

“And the new King would be well advised to have the Government behind him in this matter.”

At the time of Charles and Camilla’s marriage, the pair issued a statement saying that Camilla planned to “use the title HRH the Princess Consort when the Prince of Wales accedes to the throne.”

Couple: Charles and Camilla on wedding day

Couple: Charles and Camilla on wedding day (Image: GETTY)

“This was announced at the time of the marriage and there has been absolutely no change at all.”

After Princess Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris in 1997, there was a huge outpouring of public grief.

The ‘Princess Consort’ title was developed as a way to be sensitive to people’s emotions at the time, Dr Morris explained.

He said: “This was an attempt to assuage people’s distress following the death of Diana.

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Prince Charles: Will succeed Queen as monarch (Image: GETTY)

“It is understood – I can’t say it more authoritatively – that Charles would like Camilla to be Queen.”

The expert also touched on how the issue of Camilla’s name was a sensitive point given that both she and Charles were divorced and had been engaged in a highly publicised affair for many years.

He said: “It’s tender because of the adultery during Diana’s life and how Diana was young, and Camilla is not and so on and so forth.

“Whether he consults is another matter, but he would be well advised to do so.”

The Prince of Wales, is the country’s longest-serving heir apparent, having been next in line to the throne since 1952 when his mother became Queen.

The Queen will mark 70 years on the throne this summer as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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