Queen Camilla Announcement Shows Power Shift to Prince Charles—Royal Expert

Queen Elizabeth II has brought the Duchess of Cornwall "in from the cold"—demonstrating Prince Charles' power, a royal expert says.

The palace had always said Camilla would be known as "Princess Consort" at the point of her marriage to Charles in 2005 out of respect for Princess Diana.

Charles had an affair with Camilla during his previous marriage and it was felt the public would not support his new wife getting the title originally destined for his late ex-wife.

However, the queen ripped up that policy in a message on Saturday, February 5, ahead of the start of her Platinum Jubilee the following day.

Elizabeth said she wanted Camilla to instead be known as "Queen Consort," in keeping with the long-held wishes of her son Prince Charles.

Peter Hunt, a former BBC royal correspondent, wrote on Twitter: "The Queen is future proofing the monarchy and ensuring the transition to her heir is trouble-free.

"The power lies in the court of Charles. His wife has gone from being the third person in a marriage to Queen-in-waiting. Camilla has come in from the cold. Completely."

He added: "Why now? Why deliberately generate Queen Camilla headlines, rather than ones focusing solely on the Platinum Jubilee?

"The answer must lie in the shift of power from the palace to the court of Charles—a court that is very alive to the possibility of a regency in the future."

Daily Mirror columnist Polly Hudson wrote: "For those of us who were fans, this can only be seen as a betrayal, a travesty, literally the opposite of What She Would Have Wanted for the third person in her marriage.

"As much as we all want to move on, with the times, it feels disloyal to accept Camilla being Queen."

And Dan Wootton, who hosts a show on GB News, wrote on Twitter: "Queen Camilla! It is the Queen's wish and many will believe her feelings should be respected.

"But I cannot stop thinking about the pain and anguish such a move would have brought to Princess Diana. The very thought horrified her."

However, the predominant reaction in the British media was positive, with an editorial in The Daily Mail reading: "Anointing Camilla as Queen Consort when Charles becomes King is not only a wonderful and kind gesture, but customarily wise and sensible.

"No one pretends it was easy for the Duchess of Cornwall to follow Diana. But with quiet dignity, easy humour and visible compassion, she has risen to the challenge. She is, quite simply, Charles's rock.

"The announcement guarantees stability and continuity for the magnificent institution of the monarchy into the future."

Arthur Edwards, The Sun's veteran royal photographer, wrote: "I'm so pleased that the Duchess of Cornwall will be our next Queen.

"This lovely lady is a joy to work with. Besides supporting Prince Charles Camilla tirelessly carries out many engagements here and overseas."

The queen's message to her public read: "I remain eternally grateful for, and humbled by, the loyalty and affection that you continue to give me.

"And when, in the fullness of time, my son Charles becomes King, I know you will give him and his wife Camilla the same support that you have given me; and it is my sincere wish that, when that time comes, Camilla will be known as Queen Consort as she continues her own loyal service."

Charles issued his own response on February 6: "We are deeply conscious of the honour represented by my mother's wish.

"As we have sought together to serve and support Her Majesty and the people of our communities, my darling wife has been my own steadfast support throughout.

"The year of this unprecedented Platinum Jubilee brings an opportunity for us all to come together in celebrating the service of The Queen, by whose example we will continue to be led in the years to come."

Charles, Camilla and the Queen
Prince Charles (L), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (C), and Queen Elizabeth II (R) on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on July 10, 2018. Elizabeth said she wants Camilla to be named queen consort when Charles becomes king. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images