King Carlos III and Queen Camilla. | Princess Diana | Source: Getty Images
Queen consort Camilla once refused to assume the title that once belonged to Princess Diana due to her fame. Queen Elizabeth was also skeptical of her at first, but found a way to prove herself to the monarch before she passed away.
Princess Diana was a great public figure and member of the royal family. Even after divorcing King Charles, she kept her royal title due to her impact on the world.
However, Princess Diana could have been an icon to the world, but in her marriage she struggled for attention and even spoke publicly about the infidelity in her relationship. Insider Magazine revealed moments in which Diana spoke publicly about her complicated royal life.
Princess Diana in Washington DC 1997. | Source: Getty Images
One public confession the princess made that caused a stir in the royal family’s media was when she addressed the reason behind the end of her marriage. Insider reported that Diana shared in an exclusive BBC interview: “Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”
Princess Diana was reportedly referring to King Charles’ affair with his now wife and queen consort, Camilla. But before their marriage ended, Princess Diana already sensed that King Charles III and the Queen Consort had a secret relationship.
Ken Wharfe, a former Royal Protection Officer, was reportedly part of Diana’s security team for six years. He told the Mirror about a time the former Princess of Wales confronted the Queen for having an affair with her husband at a party.
Princess Diana and King Charles III in Paris 1988. | Source: Getty Images
According to the Mirror, Wharfe was there when Diana turned up at a party hosted by the queen consort’s sister. Wharfe said Diana had no particular people she knew at the party, but the unexpectedness of her presence was felt throughout the room.
The former member of royal security told the Mirror that he remembered Diana asking him where Carlos and Camila were. Wharfe said they were found “on a couch in the basement of this property talking.”
The Mirror revealed that this was when Diana confronted Camilla and said, “Please don’t treat me like an idiot, I know what’s going on.” Camilla reportedly responded by asking what else Diana wanted when she was loved by so many men across the world, but the princess had an answer for that; “I love my husband,” she said.
Princess Diana and Queen Consort Camilla at Ludlow Racecourse in England in 1980. | Source: Getty Images
However, the love between King Carlos III and the queen consort came to light when both finalized their divorce. According to L’officiel, Diana and the king legally separated in 1996, a year before the tragic accident that killed the princess, and the queen consort ended her marriage in 1995.
The couple reportedly married nine years later, in 2005, with the approval of Queen Elizabeth II. These incidents took place decades ago, but to this day, the pasts of Princess Diana and the Queen Consort are always entangled.
Camilla turned down the offer to assume Diana’s title out of respect
When King Carlos III and his queen consort made their relationship official in the eyes of the law, people wondered what title Camila would be given and if she would be called Queen Camila.
King Charles III and the queen consort on their wedding day in London 2005. | Source: Getty Images
According to NBC News, Camilla turned down the title of Princess of Wales due to Diana’s public affection; instead she was styled the Duchess of Cornwall. She also reportedly opted not to be referred to as Queen Camilla but as the princess consort.
Following Princess Diana’s death in the same decade that Camilla and the king were publicly together, the new queen consort was heavily criticized by the media.
In an interview with Vogue, the queen consort spoke about how she dealt with the judgment she received from the media. She said: “It’s not easy; I was tested for so long that you just have to find a way to live with it.”
The Queen Consort Camilla photographed in London in 1992. | Source: Getty Images
However, once Camilla assumed her royal role, she reportedly felt empathy for Diana for standing up to the king’s demands. According to author Tina Brown and her book “The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor—The Truth and Turmoil,” the queen consort struggled with her royal life at the start of her marriage in 2005.
Brown revealed that “punctuality was not always Camilla’s strong point”, and when King Charles III expected her to be ready for her royal engagements, he would get frustrated and say, “Haven’t you read the report?”
The pressure and expectations of being a royal wife caught up with Camilla, with Brown writing that one of the queen consort’s friends confessed that she “had even begun to empathize with Diana’s many discontents”.
King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Ascot, England, 2015. | Source: Getty Images
But the queen consort didn’t let the challenge get her down; she worked hard and even earned the public approval of the Queen before she passed away.
The queen supported Camilla as the future queen consort
Looking at the drama surrounding the marriage of King Charles III and the Queen Consort, US Weekly reported that Queen Elizabeth II was initially skeptical of Camilla.
Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Camilla in London 2012. | Source: Getty Images
However, a source told US Weekly that Camilla’s loyalty to her duties at the Firm and her dedication to King Charles proved to the Queen that she had what it takes to be a royal representative.
According to US Weekly, the Queen’s hours were curtailed at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As the monarch stepped back, the queen consort proved more practical and comfortable with her royal duties.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Consort at Cumnock 2014. | Source: Getty Images
Thus, the Queen began to trust Camilla more and saw a future for her as Queen Consort. Us Weekley revealed that real women would even host zoom meetings to discuss the future of the Firm.
At her Platinum Jubilee celebration, the Queen recognized Camilla as the future Queen Consort. Her Majesty said, “It is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as queen consort while she continues her loyal service.”
King Charles III, Prince William and Kate Middleton in Ayrshire, Scotland, 2013. | Source: Getty Images
After the Queen’s passing, Camilla was crowned the new Queen Consort alongside her husband, King Charles III. After Her Majesty assumed her new position, she declared that her former title would pass to her son, Prince William, and her wife, Kate Middleton, would receive the former title of Diana. . He said:
“With Catherine by her side, our new Prince and Princess of Wales, I know, will continue to inspire and lead our national conversations, helping to bring the marginal to center field where vital help can be delivered.”
Prince William is now next in line to the throne, and Camilla was given a higher title than the one she had previously turned down.