King Charles' 'Other' Passion Was Diana's Secret Ally & Camilla's Great Enemy, Claimed Documentary
Before the Queen died, she'd announced that she wished Duchess Camilla to be known as the Queen Consort.
King Charles cheated on Princess Diana with Camilla, but before marrying the mother of his sons, he proposed to two other women.
A documentary claimed His Majesty had another mistress who became Diana's friend and Camilla's enemy.
In September 2022, Prince Charles became the new British monarch after his mother, the Queen, passed on. Alongside a black and white image of Her Majesty, the Royal Family had the difficult task of announcing her death.
The royals revealed how Queen Elizabeth II had died at age 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. They said the late monarchy had passed that fateful afternoon peacefully before sharing what would happen with her son.
Revealing his new title, the Royal Family said the King and his wife, Camilla, the Queen Consort, would remain at the estate. 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 his four names, Charles Philip Arthur George. He opted to keep 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 anniversary, 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 mark 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 pleaded with the Queen for advice when she learned that her marriage was loveless.
However, Her Majesty's response was not the one Diana expected, and she allegedly 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 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. However, few knew of his second mistress and the only woman who "ever understood" him, Lady Dale Tryon.
King Charles's Three Different Proposals
It is essential to note that Diana was not the first to hear Charles's marriage proposal. He asked two women to marry him before the People's Princess accepted, and one of them reportedly turned him down because she knew he wouldn't be faithful.
Anna Wallace in January 1980 in Cheshire, U.K. | Source: Getty Images
Before King Charles began dating Diana, while 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's second cousin through Lord Mountbatten, his great uncle, and her 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, U.K. | Source: Getty Images
His Majesty made all three failed proposals in 1980, one year before Diana agreed to marry him. However, even after that marriage, King Charles was still restless and brought another woman into the picture.
King Charles's Mistress Who Became the 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 revealing BBC Panorama interview 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 utterly safe from His Majesty's adulterous behavior. In a 2008 documentary titled "Prince Charles' Other Mistress," Australian socialite Dale Tryon was labeled 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, only two weeks later, and they hit it off immediately.
Anthony was part of King Charles's inner circle, so Dale became friends with him. They supposedly had "instant chemistry" and were so close that he called her by the nickname Anthony had for her, Kanga.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in the U.K. in 1979 | Source: Getty Images
In 1973, while His Majesty completed his duties as a naval officer, Camilla married Andrew, and Dale married Anthony. When King Charles returned, he tried to find a suitable bride and allegedly bounced between Camilla and Dale.
Camilla's Main Rival and Diana's Friend
For a while, 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 the 50th birthday party of Camilla's sister on January 28, 1999 | Source: Getty Images
Their relationship was so unusual that His Majesty became the godfather of Dale and Camilla's respective sons. The boys were named Charles, with one of Camilla's sons having it as his middle name.
After King Charles and Diana's wedding, Dale remained his close friend and supposedly competed for his attention with Camilla. Both mistresses hated each other, but Dale's lack of discretion with the press eventually pushed her away from the royal.
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 allegedly got closer to King Charles again. Diana probably identified the war between Dale and Camilla; however, she considered the latter 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 my enemy's enemy is my friend, [Diana] could see that there was some purpose in having an alliance with Dale."
Princess Diana wearing a dressed designed by Dale Tryon's fashion brand Kanga with Prince William And Prince Harry in 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 had been pushed out of the picture.
However, Dale stayed close to King Charles mainly through Diana, and he once described her alleged second mistress 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 over His Majesty's heart and soul. In 1986, King Charles admitted his relationship with Diana was not working and resumed his romances with his former flames.
However, Dale exploited her connections with the Royal family by appearing on TV quiz shows. King Charles was frustrated, which supposedly 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 passed away from septicemia on November 15, 1997, while homeless, a few 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
King Charles and Dale's relationship was not the only shocking information in the documentary. "Diana: In Her Own Words" showed that the former Princess of Wales went "sobbing" to Queen Elizabeth II.
Although [Queen Consort] Camilla had many detractors, some people believed she should be Queen.
She allegedly approached the head of the British Royal Family to ask for help after she confirmed that her marriage to King Charles was loveless. Sadly, 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 responded 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 if she would have the same one as Her late Majesty. After being married for nearly two decades, King Charles was expected to inherit the British crown, and anticipation was that his wife would 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 so that his wife received full Queen status – not Queen Consort – when the time came. His sons, Prince William and Prince Harry were allegedly "sick to the back teeth" about it.
Although Camilla had many detractors, some people believed she should be Queen. She had been labeled a "superb Duchess" who slowly worked her way into the role, while her supporters wanted her detractors to move on and understand that Camilla was not competing with her husband over the throne.