Queen consort Camilla | Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles, 1981 | Mrs. Dale Tryon, 1993 | Source: Getty Images
Before the queen died, she had announced that she wanted Duchess Camilla to be known as the queen consort.
King Charles cheated on Princess Diana with Camilla, but before marrying the mother of his children, he proposed to two other women.
A documentary vindicated His Majesty He had another lover who became Diana’s friend and Camila’s enemy.
In September 2022, Prince Charles became the new British monarch after his mother, the queen, passed away. Alongside a black and white image of His Majesty, the Royal Family had the difficult task of announcing his death.
The royals revealed how Queen Elizabeth II had died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. They said that the late monarchy had spent that fateful afternoon in peace before sharing what would happen to her son.
Revealing his new title, the Royal Family said the King and his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, would stay on the farm. The couple would only return to London the following day.
The BBC shared how the queen’s son had to choose what he wanted to be called from among his four names, Charles Philip Arthur George. He chose to continue using his given 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 message was released to commemorate her Platinum Jubilee.
However, before King Charles married Camilla or the mother of his children, Princess Diana, he allegedly proposed to other women! A sobbing Diana reportedly begged the Queen for advice when she learned her marriage was loveless.
However, Her Majesty’s response was not what Diana expected, and she supposedly decided to turn her enemy’s enemy into 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 opened 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 cheated on Diana with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he married in 2005. Yet few knew of his second mistress and the only woman who “ever got it.” “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’s marriage proposal. She asked two women to marry him before the People’s Princess agreed, and one of them reportedly turned him down because she knew she would not be faithful to him.
Anna Wallace in January 1980 in Cheshire, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
Before King Charles started dating Diana, while 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, turned him down twice because he didn’t want to play second fiddle to Camilla.
Knatchbull was a second cousin of King Charles through Lord Mountbatten, his great-uncle and grandfather. He proposed to her after Lord Mountbatten was assassinated in 1979, and she said no because she didn’t want all the scrutiny that comes with joining the British royal family.
Lady Amanda Knatchbull in December 1979 in London, United Kingdom | Source: Getty Images
His Majesty made all three unsuccessful proposals in 1980, a year before Diana agreed to marry him. However, even after that marriage, King Charles was still restless and brought another woman onto the scene.
King Charles’ mistress who became queen consort
King Charles and Diana’s marriage was far from perfect. He could never get over Camilla (who was married to Andrew Parker-Bowles at the time), and his wife was well aware of his 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 revealing interview with BBC Panorama in 1995, Diana said that “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, not even Camilla was completely safe from Her Majesty’s adulterous behavior. In a 2008 documentary titled “Prince Charles’s Other Mistress”, Australian socialite Dale Tryon was labeled as Camilla’s first “serious rival”.
Lady Dale Tryon in December 1993 | Source: Getty Images
When Dale was 25 years old, he moved from his native Australia to London. There he met Anthony Tryon, second Lord Tryon, just two weeks later, and they hit it off immediately.
Anthony was part of King Charles’s inner circle, so Dale befriended him. They supposedly had “instant chemistry” and were so close that he called her by the nickname Anthony had for him, Kanga.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in the UK in 1979 | Source: Getty Images
In 1973, while 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 bride and reportedly bounced back and forth 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, giving Camilla “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 His Majesty became godfather to Dale and Camilla’s respective children. The boys were named Charles, and one of Camilla’s sons had him as her middle name.
After King Charles and Diana’s wedding, Dale remained her close friend and reportedly competed with Camilla for her attention. Both mistresses hated each other, but Dale’s lack of discretion with the press eventually alienated her from royalty.
Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on June 29, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Source: Getty Images
In 1983, Dale launched his fashion brand, Kanga, and reportedly got close to King Charles again. Diana probably identified the war between Dale and Camilla; however, she regarded the latter as her main opposition and she 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] I could see that there was some purpose in having an alliance with Dale.”
Princess Diana in a gown designed by Dale Tryon’s Kanga fashion brand with Prince William and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace on October 4, 1985 | Source: Getty Images
Diana and Dale joined forces to send Camilla a message, and during one of the People’s Princess’s appearances with her husband in 1985, she wore one of Kanga’s designs. Wilson claimed that it was a “deliberate slight to Camilla”, who had been ejected from the scene.
However, Dale remained close to King Charles primarily through Diana, once describing his alleged second lover as the “only woman who ever understood [him].”
Diana Princess in November 1988 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France | Source: Getty Images
Dale and Camilla were rivals, fighting for Her Majesty’s heart and soul. In 1986, King Charles admitted that his relationship with Diana was not working out and he resumed his affairs with his former flames.
However, Dale took advantage of his connections to the royal family by appearing on television question-and-answer shows. King Charles was frustrated, reportedly leading him to choose Camilla over her.
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England | Source: Getty Images
Dale passed away from septicemia on November 15, 1997, homeless, a few months after Diana’s tragic accident in Paris. Before her death, King Charles said that he was in contact with her once or twice a year, but they were no longer close friends with her.
Sobbing, Diana asked the queen for help.
King Charles and Dale’s relationship wasn’t the only shocking piece of information in the documentary. “Diana: In Her Own Words” showed that the former Princess of Wales was “sobbing” to Queen Elizabeth II.
Despite [Queen Consort] Camilla had many detractors, some people believed that she should be queen.
She allegedly 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 on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England | Source: Getty Images
Diana told Her Majesty that 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. That was ‘help’.”
Would Camilla become queen?
Before the Queen announced Camilla’s title in 2022, there was speculation that she would have the same as Her late Majesty. After being married for almost two decades, King Charles was expected 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
In late 2021, Newsweek revealed that King Charles had been pushing for his wife to receive full queen status, not queen consort, when the time came. His children, Prince William and Prince Harry, were reportedly “sick to the teeth” about it.
Although Camilla had many detractors, some people believed that she should be queen. She had been labeled a “magnificent duchess” who slowly made her way into the role, while her supporters wanted her detractors to move on and understand that Camilla was not competing with her husband for the throne.