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55% against Camilla becoming queen

Published 11/04/2015

The Duchess of Cornwall.
The Duchess of Cornwall.

Most Britons do not want the Duchess of Cornwall to become queen, a new poll has found.

Some 55% of people are against Camilla taking the title if her husband, the Prince of Wales, is crowned king, according to the Daily Mail, which commissioned the study.

It revealed that the 67-year-old Duchess, who was once reviled as the woman whose affair with Charles destroyed his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales, is still among the least popular members of the royal family.

She is, however, more popular than she was at the time of her wedding to Charles in April 2005 when 73% of the public opposed her becoming queen.

The findings come after Charles and Camilla celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Thursday.

Aides have always insisted she d oes not want to be known as 'queen' and intends to be known as 'princess consort' instead.

But according to some legal experts, unless there is change in the law, Camilla will technically become queen no matter what title she actually uses.

According to the ComRes poll of 2,020 British adults, 15% of people believed the marriage had strengthened the monarchy, while 24% thought it had weakened it.

The study found that the Duchess is no longer seen as the main reason for why Charles's marriage to Diana broke up, with the Prince himself held to blame by 39% of people, followed by Diana on 13% and Camilla on 12%.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are the most popular members of the Royal Family, with 79% of people surveyed stating that they like the brothers. T hey are closely followed by the Duchess of Cambridge on 78% and the Queen with 77%.

The Duke of York finished bottom of the popularity table, with only 30% of people liking him, while 34% liked his younger brother, the Earl of Wessex.

Camilla, who was liked by 34% of people, and Andrew were the only two royals who are more disliked than liked, according to the poll.

Meanwhile, 43% of people believed Charles should ascend to the throne, while 40% said she should stand aside in favour of his elder son, William.

A Clarence House spokeswoman declined to comment on the poll.

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