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Prince Charles’ ‘Other Mistress’ Was Diana’s Secret Ally & Camilla’s Great Enemy, Documentary Claimed

Edduin Carvajal
Jan 27, 2022
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Prince Charles famously cheated on Princess Diana with Duchess Camilla decades ago, but a documentary claims he had another mistress who became Diana's friend and Camilla's enemy.

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The future King of the United Kingdom, Prince Charles, has been a controversial figure for years, especially during his relationship with much-younger Diana, Princess of Wales.

In the 1990s, the world learned that Charles cheated on Diana with Camilla Parker-Bowles, whom he married in 2005. However, not many are aware of Charles's second mistress and the only woman who "ever understood" him, Lady Dale Tryon.

PRINCE CHARLES'S THREE PROPOSALS

It is essential to point out that Diana was not the first to hear Charles's marriage proposal. He asked two women to marry him before Diana accepted. One of them reportedly turned him down because she knew he wouldn't be faithful.

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Before Charles and Diana began dating, and when he was in an on-and-off relationship with Camilla, he popped the question to Anna Wallace and Lady Amanda Knatchbull.

Anna Wallace in January 1980 in Cheshire, U.K. | Photo: Getty Images

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Wallace, a Scottish heiress, rejected him twice because she didn't want to play second fiddle to Camilla. Knatchbull was Charles's second cousin through Lord Mountbatten, his great uncle, and her grandfather.

He proposed after Lord Mountbatten was killed in 1979, and she said no because she didn't want all the scrutiny that comes with joining the British royal family. Charles made all three failed proposals in 1980, one year before Diana agreed to marry him.

Dale was as important to Charles as Camilla.

Lady Amanda Knatchbull in December 1979 in London, U.K. | Photo: Getty Images

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PRINCE CHARLES'S OTHER MISTRESS

Charles and Diana's relationship was far from perfect. He could never forget Camilla (who was married to Andrew Parker-Bowles at the time), and Diana was well aware of their affair.

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. Charles married his mistress in 2005, eight years after Diana's death. 

However, not even Camilla was utterly safe from Charles's adulterous behavior. In a 2008 documentary titled "Prince Charles' Other Mistress," Australian socialite Dale Tryon was labeled Camilla's first "serious rival." 

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Lady Dale Tryon in December 1993 | Photo: Getty Images

When Dale was 25, she moved from her native Australia to London. She met Anthony Tryon, 2nd Lord Tryon, only two weeks later, and they hit it off right away.

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Anthony was part of Charles's inner circle, so Dale became friends with the future King of England. They supposedly had "instant chemistry" and were so close that he called her by Anthony's nickname for her, Kanga. 

In 1973, while Charles completed his duties as a naval officer, Camilla married Andrew, and Dale married Anthony. When Charles returned, he was trying to find a suitable bride and allegedly bounced between Camilla and Dale.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in the U.K. in 1979 | Photo: Getty Images

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CAMILLA'S MAIN RIVAL AND DIANA'S FRIEND

For a while, Dale was as important to Charles as Camilla. According to the documentary, they bonded over annual fishing trips to Iceland, so Camilla had a "serious competition" for the first time.

Their relationship was so unusual that Charles became the godfather of Dale and Camilla's respective sons, and they both named them Charles (the middle name of Camilla's son is Charles).

After 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 Charles. 

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Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles on June 29, 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada | Photo: Getty Images

In 1983, Dale launched her fashion brand, Kanga, and got closer to Charles again. Diana probably identified the war between Dale and Camilla.

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However, she considered Camilla 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 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 | Photo: Getty Images

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Diana and Dale joined forces to send a message to Camilla, and during one of Diana's appearances with Charles in 1985, she wore one of Kanga's designs. Wilson claimed that it was a "deliberate snub to Camilla," who had been pushed out of the picture.

However, Dale stayed close to Charles mainly through Diana, and he once described her alleged second mistress as the "only woman who ever understood [him]." 

The Princess of Wales went "sobbing" to Queen Elizabeth.

Diana Princess in November, 1988 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France | Photo: Getty Images

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Dale and Camilla were rivals, fighting over Charles's heart and soul. In 1986, Charles admitted his relationship with Diana was not working and resumed his romances with former flames.

However, Dale exploited her connections with the Royal family by appearing on TV quiz shows. Charles was frustrated about it, and it supposedly led him to choose Camilla over Dale.

Dale passed away from septicemia on November 15, 1997, a few months after Diana's tragic accident in Paris. She was homeless. Before her death, Charles said he was in touch with her once or twice a year, but they were no longer close friends. 

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England | Photo: Getty Images

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SOBBING, DIANA ASKED THE QUEEN FOR HELP

Charles and Dale's relationship was not the only shocking information revealed in a documentary. "Diana: In Her Own Words" showed that the Princess of Wales went "sobbing" to Queen Elizabeth

She approached the head of the British royal family to ask for help after she confirmed that her marriage to Charles was loveless, but she left empty-handed.

Diana told the Queen that she didn't know what to do, and the Queen responded that she didn't know what she should do either. "That was it. That was 'help,'" Diana complained.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles on April 9, 2005 in Berkshire, England | Photo: Getty Images

WILL CAMILLA BE QUEEN?

Now that Charles and Camilla have been married for nearly two decades, and he is expected to inherit the British crown, Camilla may be the next Queen

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Charles has been pushing so that his wife receives full Queen status – not Queen Consort – when the time is due. His sons Prince Charles and Prince Harry are "sick to the back teeth" about it.

Prince William and Prince Harry on April 25, 2018 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images

Although Camilla has many detractors, some people believe she should be Queen. She has been labeled a "superb duchess" who slowly worked her way into the role.

Camilla's supporters also want her detractors to move on and understand that she is not competing with him over the throne. Only time will tell Camilla's role when Charles becomes King of England.

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