Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles made headlines this week after they were photographed with Queen Elizabeth II at the State Opening of Parliament. The heir to the throne had reason to be there, but royal fans are wondering why Camilla had to be around.

The dad of two took over the role of his father, Prince Philip, who usually accompanied Her Majesty to the event. But after his retirement in 2017, the Duke of Edinburgh is no longer expected to be at the State Opening of Parliament.

Camilla, on the other hand, didn’t have any role at the event. She simply sat a few feet away from Prince Charles and the monarch. According to royal expert Penny Junor, Prince Charles’ desire to also cling on to Camilla at all costs could jeopardize and put the royal family at risk.

In the past, Prince Charles has done the same thing when he tried to do everything in his power so that the public would accept his wife. Royal fans struggled to accept the Duchess of Cornwall, and it’s more difficult to accept them as their future Queen since she was one of the reasons why Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage failed.

Junor wrote in the book “The Firm,” said that Her Majesty would be a difficult act to follow. But it is Prince Charles's desire to always attach himself to his wife that could give him even more detractors.

“A stronger man would have put the greater good of the institution before his own personal happiness – as his mother, in the same situation, almost certainly would have done. But he was doing even greater damage by failing for so long to put a ring on Camilla’s finger when the majority of the public had so obviously come to accept the situation. It let the way open for so much debate, so many criticisms,” Junor said.

Prince Charles, Camilla
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the reopening of Hillsborough Castle on April 09, 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Getty Images/Chris Jackson