What stuck most in people’s throats was the prospect of this woman, universally reviled for wrecking the royal marriage, one day becoming Queen. But the Palace was quick to assure the public that this would never happen; when the time came, she would be known as The Princess Consort. This week, however, a new poll to coincide with their 10th wedding anniversary, shows that most people now believe that Camilla should become Queen when Charles accedes to the throne. Time is a great healer, and it is nearly 18 years since Diana died, but it is still an extraordinary achievement to have swayed public opinion so dramatically. Little by little she has won people over.
That she was a royal mistress is one thing. That she is a divorcee with a living ex husband is another possible objection. But neither of those are what people whine about. Rather, they whine about Charles and Diana. And she’s dead, she’s been dead since before this second marriage was contracted and there’s absolutely no rule at all that says that a widower cannot remarry.
As far as Charles’s marital status is concerned there’s absolutely nothing at all to talk about.