At 74, almost thirty years after the British saw her as the “villain” in the story of Princess Diana and fifteen years after her marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla Parker Bowles is acquiring a renewed prominence within the royal family.
The Duchess of Cornwall, that did not want to use the title of Princess of Wales so as not to anger the admirers of Lady Di, has been assuming a greater burden of official obligations for several years, even abroad and is increasingly present, both during the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic last year, and now, after the lifting of them.
And while the 95-year-old Queen Elizabeth II gradually withdraws from public engagements due to her advanced age and health, while Prince Harry and Prince Andrew have fallen out of favor for different reasons, The Duchess managed to gain a good part of the media coverage and the favor of many Brits. And despite the initial reluctance towards this woman, seen as the culprit of Diana’s tragedy, many welcome her future coronation as queen.
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The latest news about Camilla has to do with your possible inclusion in the Council of State, a position gives you the prerogative to carry out commitments on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II in the event that it is necessary (illness or absence from the country), and what it could occupy if the Duke of Sussex (Harry) is finally stripped of it after many months of clashes with the royal family.
“In the event that the Queen is abroad or incapacitated, her state councilors are authorized to carry out most of their official duties. These include attending private council meetings or signing routine documents,” explained the Londoner The Times.
According to the current royal Constitution, four members of the family have the right to be Councilors of State. To this day, the next in the line of succession to the British throne, of legal age, occupy the position, that is: Prince Charles; his two sons, William and Harry; and his brother, Prince Andrew. “A Board Member not domiciled in the UK cannot act and therefore excludes Harry”stressed Vernon Bogdanor, a professor at King’s College London.
The newspaper The Express highlighted that the situation of Andrés himself as Counselor of State It is also not clear, since he moved away from his public obligations in 2019 as a result of some allegations of sexual abuse against him and now finds himself between a rock and a hard place after his accuser, the American Virginia Giuffre, sued him in New York for alleged sexual abuse when he was a minor.
According The Daily Mail, senior officials at Buckingham Palace began to consider elevating Camilla to that group of royals who can act on behalf of the sovereign. Some experts agree that the appointment of the Duchess of Cornwall would be the best option, just as Queen Elizabeth II is going through her last years of life.
Camilla’s presence at events – from the world premiere of the latest James Bond film to meeting world leaders at the G7 and UN climate summits – is a clear sign of change ahead and Joe Little , the editor of the magazine specializing in monarchy affairs, Majesty Magazine, thinks that “many people are now familiar with Camila and are getting to know her.”
Just a few years ago, others were seen as the future of Britain’s most famous family: William, his younger brother Henry, and their respective wives Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge) and Meghan Markle (Duchess of Sussex). But plans changed drastically last year when Harry and Meghan moved to the United States, from where they criticized the family, and even accused her of racism.
A source told The Telegraph: “It’s not an exaggeration to say that she was the rock of Carlos during this crisis. She has been the one that has kept him on track. It was really difficult for him.” Since then, his position “It has evolved without a doubt and there has been a huge and very long process of rehabilitation since the time of Diana”, explains the royal historian Anna Whitelock to the newspaper Daily express.
For her part, Little claims that Camila, like other royals, was forced to play a more public role due to the coronavirus pandemic when the world moved to the internet. She knew how to take on the role with aplomb and gained followers, although in the eyes of some she can never be forgiven for her role in the collapse of the marriage of Carlos and Diana, he said.
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According to recent surveys of YouGov, Camilla is currently among the 10 most popular members of the Royal Family, ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. “There are a lot of Camila supporters,” Little says. “He is doing very well. He’s been a member of the royal family for 16 years, so he’s quite experienced in high-profile matters. He is very competent in it “, abounds.
Since the death of Prince Felipe, husband of Elizabeth II, in April, Camila has been seen – and heard – more frequently at official royal engagements and at charity events. This week, for example, he accompanied Carlos – a veteran environmentalist – to the UN COP26 summit in Glasgow, to urge world leaders to stop rampant climate change.
Camilla’s appearances elsewhere reflect her range of interests, from promoting literacy through her popular Instagram book club to advocating for rescued animals.
She gave a very well received speech supporting a campaign addressing violence against women, coinciding with the interest that Kate (Prince William’s wife) showed in this issue earlier in the year. In addition, she made several television and radio appearances, speaking of her mother’s fight against osteoporosis and her love of gardening and horse breeding.
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But despite Camilla’s rise in popular British esteem, It remains to be seen if she will be known as the “Queen” when Carlos ascends to the throne.. 16 years ago, at the time of her marriage to the Prince of Wales, an official statement said that “the Duchess is intended to be known as Her Royal Highness the Princess Consort” at the time of Charles’ coronation.
However, royal expert Robert Jobson has previously stated that Camilla will be queen and believes that the term “is intended” (“intended“in English) was used in the original wording of the statement to give the public time to sympathize with her.” What was being done was to buy time, time for a hostile public to be attracted to Camilla, “Jobson clarified.
Meanwhile, in 2018, the Prince of Wales website removed statements that said Camilla will be known as Princess consort, but the spokesmen, faced with questions from the press, said at the time that the statement about Camilla’s title when the couple married “has not changed”, but the idea of her becoming “Queen Camilla” when Elizabeth II dies is not entirely banished.
“It’s important to remember that a lot of people under 35 don’t really remember Diana and all that with Camilla,” said Anna Whitelock. “I think times have changed and I think anyone who has feelings for Diana, the press or the people, thinks that she is a good thing.
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