Ahead of her Platinum Jubilee at the weekend, the Queen announced she wants the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to be known as Queen Consort when Pri
Ahead of her Platinum Jubilee at the weekend, the Queen announced she wants the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to be known as Queen Consort when Prince Charles becomes King. Before debating whether she would be a good Queen Consort, Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid commented she thought she was lovely and was fighting years of misjudgement.
On Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to reign for seven decades and shared her wishes for the Duchess of Cornwall after she dies.
Richard Madeley said: “Still to come, Her Majesty has expressed her quote ‘sincere wish’ for the Duchess of Cornwall to become Queen Consort when Charles ultimately takes the thrown.
“But are the British public ready to accept Queen Camilla, judging by your responses here this morning, a lot of you don’t think so, we will be debating that later.”
Susanna quipped: “Yeah, I think she is lovely, it is a misjudgement!”
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Joining Richard and Susanna on GMB to discuss the Queen’s wishes was royal correspondent Jack Royston and royal biographer Angela Levin.
Speaking about the negative reputation Camilla has received over the years, Richard said: “These opinions all come from people who haven’t met her and don’t know her.
“Every single person I have ever met who has actually bumped into Camilla, met her at some do, including Susanna here, say that she is wonderful.
“The public just had the chance to get to know her a bit, to actually possibly interview and see her speak a bit we might actually feel a lot more tender towards her.”
“One big question mark for Charles has always been whether he has this close relationship with the public and whether he has the Queen’s natural instinct for where public opinion lies.”
Richard asked Angela why people still have a one-sided opinion about events that happened years ago, to which she replied: “What could have been right then may not be right now.
“She is not someone who seeks the spotlight, she doesn’t want to be in the middle of things, she is very dedicated to helping and doing things for people.
“She is not pushing herself forward, she doesn’t rush past Prince Charles and shake hands with whoever is there. I think the pandemic has helped her a great deal.”
Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-serving monarch acceded to the throne aged 25 on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI.
She marked the historic milestone quietly at Sandringham, her estate in eastern England, where her father died.
In a major statement released by the monarch, she expressed: “It is my sincere wish that, when the time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort.”
Acknowledging his mother’s wishes, Prince Charles said the couple were “deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother’s wish”.
He also praised Camilla by saying: “My darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.”
The Queen said she hoped when Charles becomes King, the British people would give him and Camilla “the same support you have given me”.
Camilla has long been vilified for her role in the break-up of Charles’ marriage to Princess Diana.
Recognising the sensitivities, when the couple married in 2005, the royal family announced she would be known as Princess Consort after Prince Charles became King.
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