ROYAL WEDDING FARCE No. WHATEVER: Unless Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the Cook Islands, Bahamas, St Kitts & Nevis, Belize, St Lucia, Jamaica, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Barbados, Antigua & Barbuda, Solomon Islands, Grenada, St Vincent & the Grenadines, AND We Alter a Law. SHE'S QUEEN
Byline: JANE KERR, Royal Reporter and PAUL GALLAGHER
NEW laws here and in 16 other countries will be needed to stop Camilla Parker Bowles eventually becoming Queen, it emerged last night.
Prince Charles's partner, who will marry him on April 8, insists she does not want the title.
But Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay, who has raised the issue with the Government, says that when Charles succeeds to the throne, Camilla will automatically be Queen.
Yesterday - adding to the continuing farce surrounding the Windsor wedding - he said legislation would be required to prevent this. Later the Prime Minister's official spokesman said he was "not disputing" the MP's verdict.
Mr Mackinlay said: "I'm perfectly happy for the Prince of Wales to marry whoever he likes, but altering the constitution is Parliament's business and this does require an alteration to the constitution. It shouldn't be done for one man and one man alone."
The backbencher, who represents Thurrock in Essex, had questioned Constitutional Affairs Minister Christopher Leslie.
He asked whether the proposed marriage was "morganatic" - where the wife does not automatically share her husband's titles. In a Commons written reply, Mr Leslie said: "No."
The MP said yesterday: "This is absolutely unequivocal that she automatically becomes Queen when he becomes King."
Insisting only a legal overhaul could alter the situation, he said 17 parliaments, where the monarch is head of state, would need to act. The 16 overseas are: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Jamaica, Belize, Tuvalu, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, and The Solomon Islands. …