LONDON: Prince Charles hints that his divorced 2d wife Camilla could one day be Queen


On the heels of Prince William’s engagement to Katherine Middleton, the royal family is front and center in the news these days. Even Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles are enjoying renewed scrutiny. Just now, the AP raised an interesting question: can a divorcée be queen of England? It seems that there is something in the British “constitution” that would prevent Camilla Parker Bowles from technically being “Queen” of England given that she is a divorcée.

Divorcee Camilla Parker Bowles could one day be Queen

Prince Charles, when asked if his second wife would take the title of Queen when he takes  the thrown said this, according to Associated Press:

 NBC’s Brian Williams asked the 62-year-old heir to the throne if Camilla would become “Queen of England, if and when you become the monarch.” Charles hesitated as he replied “That’s, well … We’ll see won’t we? That could be.”

That could be? Why didn’t he say “yes, of course she will?” Camilla also seems uncomfortable with the idea of being called queen. Whether that is because some in Britain still see her as a “royal home wrecker” or because she is simply shy, is unclear. But she has been toying with the title of “Princess consort” instead of the traditional “Queen consort” if and when her husband is coronated. (As it stands, she is Duchess of Cornwall rather than Princess of Wales – the title she would normally take had she been Charles’ first wife, instead of his divorcée second wife.)