The news has sent shockwaves through Britain. Camilla Parker Bowles will automatically become queen if Prince Charles succeeds to the throne. A change in the law would be needed to deprive her of that status. The revelation comes despite earlier royal assurances that Camilla – who will marry her long-time lover next month – would not become queen but would instead be Charles’s Princess Consort.
While newspaper polls suggest the British public now tolerates the couple’s relationship, the majority oppose the idea of a “Queen Camilla.” The bride-to-be is still widely seen as the woman responsible for destroying Charles’s first marriage to the late Princess Diana.