Published On: Sat, Aug 24th, 2019

Prince Philip title snub: How Camilla will get higher title than the Duke – royal outrage | Royal | News

Princess Charles married his long-term love Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.

Following their marriage, the Duke of Wales’s wife took the title of Duchess of Cornwall.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be elevated to the rank of Queen Consort when her husband Charles ascends the throne even though Prince Philip was never given the title of king.

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While Camilla’s future title could be perceived as a massive snub to the long-serving Duke of Edinburgh, the reason for it is royal protocol.

Royal titles are “either obtained upon birth or bestowed by the reigning monarch during marriage”, according to the Latin Times.

While succession is determined by blood, there is a different set of rules for how royal spouses are given their titles.

According to a Quora sourced cited by Latin Times, the wives of male royal family members obtain the equivalent title to their spouse when they marry.

So when Camilla tied the know with Charles she became a Duchess because he is a Duke.

Her role will be pushed up accordingly to Queen Consort when Charles becomes king.

The same does not apply to men who marry female royal family members – as Prince Philip did.

While Prince Philip, 98, is married to the Queen he is not eligible to receive her equivalent title as Camilla was with Charles.

This is because there are more variations of Queen than there are of King.

The Quora source said: “A Queen can be a Queen Consort (married to a King), a Queen Regnant (reigning in her own right), or a Queen Dowager (mother of the reigning monarch).

“Kings, however, only exist as Kings Regnant (the term isn’t particularly used since that’s the only state a King can exist in).

“Therefore, Camilla will be a Queen Consort when Charles succeeds his mother. Philip, on the other hand, can’t be a King, since it’s his wife (the Queen Regnant) doing the reigning.”

The subject of royal titles is a sore point for Prince Philip as he was prevented from passing his own name down to his children for years.

Philip was blocked from giving his offspring his Mountbatten surname because there were fears its German origins would create public unrest so soon after the Second World War.

Following the Palace decision, the heartbroken Duke is reported to have said: “I am the only man in the country not allowed to give his name to his children.

“I’m nothing but a bloody amoeba.”

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