Queen consort Camilla | Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, 1981 | Lady Dale Tryon, 1993 | Source: Getty Images
Prior to the Queen’s death, she had announced that she wanted Duchess Camilla to be known as Queen Consort.
King Charles cheated on Princess Diana with Camilla, but before he married the mother of his sons, he proposed to two other women.
A documentary claimed Her Majesty had another mistress who became Diana’s friend and Camilla’s enemy.
In September 2022, Prince Charles became Britain’s new monarch after the death of his mother, the Queen. Alongside a black and white image of Her Majesty, the Royal Family had the daunting task of announcing her death.
The Royal Family has revealed how Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. They said the late monarchy spent that fateful afternoon peacefully before sharing what was to come with his son.
Revealing his new title, the Royal Family said the King and his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, would stay in the area. The couple would not return to London until the following day.
The BBC explained how the Queen’s son had to choose his name from among his four names, Charles Philip Arthur George. He chose to continue using his first name and was now known as King Charles III.
Months before her death in February 2022, on the eve of her 70th birthday, the Queen said she wanted her son’s wife to be known as “Queen Consort” when he took the throne. The post was released to mark her platinum jubilee.
However, before King Charles married Camilla or the mother of his children, Princess Diana, he reportedly proposed to other women! A sobbing Diana reportedly implored the Queen for advice when she learned her marriage was loveless.
However, Her Majesty’s response was not what Diana expected, and she reportedly decided to make her enemy’s enemy her friend. King Charles has been a controversial figure for years, especially during his relationship with a much younger Diana, former Princess of Wales.
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer open the Mountbatten exhibition at Broadlands, the home of Lord Louis Mountbatten, circa 1981 | Source: Getty Images
In the 1990s, the world learned that King Charles had cheated on Diana with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he married in 2005. However, few knew about his second mistress and the only woman who “never understood” him. Lady Dale Tryon.
The Three Different Proposals of King Charles
It is essential to note that Diana was not the first to hear of Charles’ marriage proposal. He asked two women to marry him before the People’s Princess agreed, and one of them allegedly turned him down because she knew he would not be faithful.
Anna Wallace in January 1980 in Cheshire, UK | Source: Getty Images
Before King Charles started dating Diana, when he was in an on-and-off relationship with Camilla, he popped the question to Anna Wallace and Lady Amanda Knatchbull. Wallace, a Scottish heiress, rejected him twice because she didn’t want to play second fiddle to Camilla.
Knatchbull was King Charles’ second cousin through Lord Mountbatten, his great-uncle and grandfather. He proposed to her after Lord Mountbatten was killed in 1979, and she said no because she didn’t want all the scrutiny that came with joining the British royal family.
Lady Amanda Knatchbull in December 1979 in London, UK | Source: Getty Images
Her Majesty made the three unsuccessful proposals in 1980, a year before Diana agreed to marry her. However, even after this marriage, King Charles was still restless and brought another woman into the picture.
King Charles’ mistress who became Queen consort
King Charles and Diana’s marriage was far from perfect. He could never forget Camilla (who was married to Andrew Parker-Bowles at the time), and his wife was well aware of their affair.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana on their last official trip together to the Republic of Korea in Seoul on November 3, 1992 | Source: Getty Images
During her tell-all BBC Panorama interview in 1995, Diana said “there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded”, referring to Camilla. Kings Charles married his mistress eight years after Diana’s death.
However, even Camilla was not completely immune to Her Majesty’s adulterous behavior. In a 2008 documentary titled ‘Prince Charles’ Other Mistress’, Australian socialite Dale Tryon was called Camilla’s first ‘serious rival’.
Lady Dale Tryon in December 1993 | Source: Getty Images
When Dale was 25, she moved from her native Australia to London. There she met Anthony Tryon, 2nd Lord Tryon, just two weeks later, and they immediately hit it off.
Anthony was part of King Charles’ inner circle, so Dale became friends with him. They supposedly had “instant chemistry” and were so close he called her by the nickname Anthony had for her, Kanga.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in the UK in 1979 | Source: Getty Images
In 1973, when Her Majesty was completing her duties as a naval officer, Camilla married Andrew and Dale married Anthony. When King Charles returned, he tried to find a suitable wife and reportedly bounced between Camilla and Dale.
Camilla’s main rival and Diana’s friend
For a time, Dale was as important to King Charles as Camilla. According to the documentary, they bonded over annual fishing trips to Iceland, so Camilla had “serious competition” for the first time.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles leaving the Ritz Hotel in London after attending Camilla’s sister’s 50th birthday party on January 28, 1999 | Source: Getty Images
Their relationship was so unusual that Her Majesty became godfather to Dale and Camilla’s respective sons. The boys were named Charles, one of Camilla’s sons having him as a middle name.
After King Charles and Diana married, Dale remained his close friend and is said to have competed for his attention with Camilla. The two mistresses hated each other, but Dale’s lack of discretion with the press eventually estranged her from the royal family.
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on June 29, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Source: Getty Images
In 1983, Dale launched her fashion brand, Kanga, and is said to have become close to King Charles again. Diana probably identified the war between Dale and Camilla; however, she viewed the latter as her main opposition and sided with Dale. In the 2008 documentary, royal commentator Christopher Wilson explained:
“[Camilla] was the enemy, and on the basis that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, [Diana] could see there was a purpose in having an alliance with Dale.”
Princess Diana wearing an outfit designed by Dale Tryon’s fashion label Kanga with Prince William and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace on October 4, 1985 | Source: Getty Images
Diana and Dale joined forces to send a message to Camilla, and during one of the People’s Princess appearances with her husband in 1985, she wore one of Kanga’s designs. Wilson claimed it was a “deliberate snub to Camilla”, who was left out of the picture.
However, Dale remained close to King Charles primarily through Diana, and he once described his alleged second mistress as the “only woman who ever understood [him].”
Princess Diana in November 1988 at the Elysée Palace in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images
Dale and Camilla were rivals, vying for Her Majesty’s heart and soul. In 1986, King Charles admitted his relationship with Diana wasn’t working and resumed romances with his old flames.
However, Dale has exploited his links to the royal family by appearing on television quiz shows. King Charles was frustrated, which reportedly led him to choose Camilla over her.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England | Source: Getty Images
Dale died of sepsis on November 15, 1997, while homeless, months after Diana’s tragic accident in Paris. Before her death, King Charles said he was in touch with her once or twice a year, but they were no longer close friends.
Sobbing, Diana asked the Queen for help
The relationship between King Charles and Dale wasn’t the only shocking information in the documentary. “Diana: In Her Own Words” showed the former Princess of Wales went “sobbing” to Queen Elizabeth II.
Although [Queen Consort] Camilla had many detractors, some people thought she should be queen.
She reportedly approached the head of the British Royal Family for help after confirming her marriage to King Charles was loveless. Unfortunately, she left empty-handed.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England | Source: Getty Images
Diana told Her Majesty she didn’t know what to do, and the Queen replied that she didn’t know what to do either. The People’s Princess reportedly complained, saying, “That was it. It was ‘help’.”
Would Camilla become queen?
Before the Queen announced Camilla’s title in 2022, there was speculation if she would have the same as the late Her Majesty. After being married for nearly two decades, King Charles was set to inherit the British crown, and his wife was expected to be the next queen.
Prince William and Prince Harry on April 25, 2018 in London, England | Source: Getty Images
At the end of 2021, Newsweek revealed that King Charles had pushed for his wife to be given full queen status – not queen consort – when the time came. His sons, Prince William and Prince Harry were reportedly “sick to the back teeth”.
Although Camilla had many detractors, some people thought she should be queen. She had been called a “beautiful duchess” who had slowly worked her way into the role, while her supporters wanted her critics to move on and understand that Camilla was not in competition with her husband for the throne.