Why the ‘inquisitive’ Duchess of Cornwall will make a great Queen Consort

By Meaghan Wray

Every time the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall step out together, it’s clear why the two make such a dynamic team – with their charming personalities and friendly demeanours, the couple set to make an equally wonderful pair when Prince Charles ascends the throne.

While it was previously believed Camilla would become Princess Consort, it’s now been suggested she will actually become Queen Consort, given the former title has been removed from the Royal Family’s official website.

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As Camilla has made a wonderful duchess, it’s no surprise she’ll make a brilliant consort to the future King, as per former Buckingham Palace spokesman Dickie Arbiter. The insider let HELLO! in on how wonderful the 71-year-old has been as Charles’s second wife.

“Camilla has supported her husband, Prince Charles, since their marriage in April 2005 and doing a good job of it ever since,” Dickie said. “She’s a no-nonsense lady and believes that there are things you can change and there are things you can’t and those you can’t, don’t waste time trying.”

The couple paid a visit to Fowey for the Gig Club Race this summer. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The On Duty with the Queen author revealed, Camilla learned her way around working with people in her first marriage.

“As an army wife in her first marriage, she became used to dealing with people and their problems,” he said. “This has helped her enormously in her charitable work and supporting them.”

And dealing with the public is a vital part of both her duchess duties and her royal role to come.

“She’s inquisitive, so she’ll ask probing questions,” Dickie continued. “She’s interested so she’ll listen and won’t look over shoulders to see if there’s someone more important and interesting, and she’ll talk because she likes meeting people which makes her a good communicator, at ease talking to people from all walks of life whether a head of state or just chatting on walkabouts. She also has a good sense of fun and humour.”

Prince Charles, Camilla and the Queen watched the RAF centenary celebration. Photo: © Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The couple has been happily married now for nearly 14 years, it wasn’t always easy for them. In the beginning, their relationship, which followed the tragic death of Princess Diana, wasn’t well received.

“When the engagement was announced in February 2005, Clarence House were at pains to make clear that when Prince Charles became King, the duchess would be known as The Princess Consort,” Dickie said. “Coming as it did eight years after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, sensitivities were running high and the title Princess Consort was seen as a compromise pleasing some but not all.”

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But now that it’s been 21 years since Diana’s death, the public has had time to change their attitudes towards Camilla, who has proven herself to be a reliable member of the family.

“The duchess through her work has shown herself to be a good support to her husband and to the Queen, thus making her not only an asset to the country but to the institution of monarchy,” Dickie said. “So when the day does ultimately come, Camilla will take her place alongside her husband not as Princess Consort but as Queen Consort.”

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