“Wills has pipped Camilla at the post – it looks like he’s more likely to get the Queen’s go ahead at this point,” says the insider. “Camilla is furious. She is married to the next king, and her plea for Windsor has been tossed out by the Queen with very little thought.”
Palace insiders tell New Idea the timing is curious, given rising whispers that Charles, 72, is planning to renege his word that Camilla would never be Queen, only Princess Consort, when he eventually succeeds the throne.
“This is a betrayal to the very tough decision Charles and the Queen made together when he decided to marry Camilla after Princess Diana’s death,” explains a source. “The public made it clear that replacing Diana as their future Queen with Camilla would not be acceptable. But Charles is getting stubborn in his old age.”
Indeed, public opinion is still holding strong. In May, a poll revealed that just 13 per cent of Brits would approve of Camilla becoming Queen, while 41 per cent approve of a Princess Consort role. A further 28 per cent still believe the mother of two shouldn’t have a title at all.
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“There are some people who will never warm to Camilla,” royal author Phil Dampier tells New Idea exclusively.
“The problem is [she and Charles] are now looking old compared to William and Kate, whose popularity has soared. All hopes are now being pinned on the Cambridges really. Charles is sandwiched between them and the living legend The Queen, so it’s difficult for him.”
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