Prince Charles has alluded to a possible accession to the throne of England of his wife Camilla, relaunching the debate regarding the status of the woman he has married eight years after the death of Princess Diana.
His statement, made during an interview with NBC, broadcast on Friday, comes at a time when the Royal Family is once again under the spotlight with the announcement of engagement between his son, Prince William, and Kate Middleton.
According to excerpts quoted in the British press, Prince Charles had some hesitation in answering the question of whether Camilla, now Duchess of Cornwall, will become queen, and if Charles will accede to the throne after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II. “That’s, well … We’ll see won’t we? That could be,” Charles replied to NBC’s Brian Williams.
The majority of the British people are opposed to the idea of a “Queen Camilla”, mainly because of Diana’s immense popularity, the princess who was killed in an car accident in Paris, in August 1997. However, since her marriage to Charles the British public has warmed to Camilla, who is perceived as down-to-earth and funny.
Camilla was Charles’ mistress during most of his marriage to Diana. In a now-famous TV statement, Diana commented on this fact: “There were three of us in that marriage,”
Prince William, Charles and Diana’s elder son, said Tuesday he had offered Kate an engagement ring from his mother, an object that it is “very expensive,” he said. Camilla has recently commented in her own way about the young couple’s engagement: “’It’s the most brilliant news. I’m just so happy and so are they. It’s wicked.”
A survey released on Saturday by the Daily Mail shows that 82% of the the British people want the royal family to take charge of marriage costs next year and not the country.