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Alice Edmonstone, the youngest of the nine children (eight daughters and one son) of William Edmonstone (1810–1888) and his wife, Mary Parsons, was born on 29th April 1868. Her father was superintendent of Woolwich Dockyard.

Alice married George Keppel (1865–1947), third son of William Coutts Keppel, seventh earl of Albemarle, on 1st June, 1891. She gave birth to Violet on 6th June, 1894. It was later established that her real father was Ernest William Beckett (1856–1917), the Conservative MP for Whitby.

In 1898 the twenty-nine-year-old Alice Keppel met the fifty-six-year-old Albert Edward, prince of Wales. Soon afterwards she became his mistress. As her biographer, Theo Aronson, has pointed out: "His accession to the throne in 1901 as King Edward VII in no way diminished her role; not only did she maintain her position as maîtresse en titre but she became one of the leading personalities of the Edwardian court... Throughout the ten years of Edward VII's reign, Mrs Keppel, as she was generally known, was an accepted, respected, and highly visible member of the royal entourage.... Her ability to keep the notoriously impatient monarch amused was greatly appreciated in royal and government circles."

When Edward VII lay dying in May 1910 asked to see Alice Keppel. When Queen Alexandra discovered her in his bedroom, she was ordered to leave. Alice responded by shrieking, "I never did any harm, there was nothing wrong between us. What is to become of me?" According to Reginald Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher, she created an embarrassing scene that he described as "a painful and rather theatrical exhibition".

During the First World War, Alice Keppel divided her time between entertaining in her London home, at 16 Grosvenor Street, and staying in various country houses. She also helped her friend Lady Sarah Wilson run a hospital for wounded soldiers in Boulogne.

In March 1919 Violet Trefusis wrote to Vita Sackville-West to explain that she was being forced to marry Denys Robert Trefusis, an officer in the Royal Horse Guards: "It is really wicked and horrible. I am losing every atom of self-respect I ever possessed. I hate myself.... I want you every second and every hour of the day, yet I am being slowly and inexorably tied to somebody else... Sometimes I am flooded by an agony of physical longing for you... a craving for your nearness and your touch. At other times I feel I should be quite content if I could only hear the sound of your voice. I try so hard to imagine your lips on mine. Never was there such a pitiful imagining.... Darling, whatever it may cost us, my mother won't be cross with you any more. I suppose this ridiculous engagement will set her mind at rest."

Violet gave in to pressure from her mother and agreed to marry Trefusis on 16th June 1919. She did so on the understanding that the marriage would remain unconsummated, and she was still resolved to live with Vita Sackville-West. They resumed their affair just a few days after the wedding. The women moved to France in February 1920. However, Harold Nicholson followed them and eventually persuaded his wife to return to the family home.

Alice remained married to George Keppel and in the 1920s they sold their London house and bought the Villa dell'Ombrellino in Florence. During the Second World War the Keppels established themselves at the Ritz Hotel.

Alice Keppel died of liver disease on 11th September 1947.

She (Vita) didn't know how strong and dangerous such passion could be, until Violet replaced Rosamund. Of course she knew that "such a thing existed", but she did not give it a name, and felt no guilt about it. At the time of her marriage she may have been ignorant that men could feel for other men as she had felt for Rosamund, but when she had made this discovery in Harold himself, it did not come as a great shock to her, for she had the romantic notion that it was natural and salutary for "people" to love each other, and the desire to kiss and touch was simply the physical expression of affection, and it made no difference whether it was affection between people of the same sex or the opposite.

It was fortunate that both were made that way. If only one of them had been, their marriage would probably have collapsed. Violet did not destroy their physical union; she simply provided the alternative for which Vita was unconsciously seeking at the moment when her physical passion for Harold, and his for her, had begun to cool. In Harold's life at that time there was no male Violet, luckily for him, since his love for Vita might not have survived two rivals simultaneously. Before he met Vita he had been half-engaged to another girl, Eileen Wellesley. He was not driven to homosexuality by Vita's temporary desertion of him, because it had always been latent, but his loneliness may have encouraged this tendency to develop, since with his strong sense of duty (much stronger than Vita's) he felt it to be less treacherous to sleep with men in her absence than with other women. When he was left stranded in Paris, he once confessed to Vita that he was "spending his time with rather low people, the demi-monde", and this could have meant young men. When she returned to him, it certainly did. Lady Sackville noted in her diary, "Vita intends to be very platonic with Harold, who accepts it like a lamb.' They never shared a bedroom after that.

Keppel, Alice (1869–1947)

English aristocrat and influential mistress of King Edward VII. Name variations: Alice Edmonstone Mrs. George Keppel. Born Alice Frederica Edmonstone in 1869 in Stirlingshire, Scotland died on September 11, 1947, in Florence, Italy youngest daughter of Admiral William Edmonstone and Mary (Parsons) Edmonstone (d. 1902) great-grandmother ofCamilla Parker-Bowles (b. 1949) married George Keppel (1865–1947, an army officer and brother of the earl of Albemarle), on June 1, 1891 paramour of Charles Windsor, prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII children: (paternity uncertain) Violet Keppel Trefusis (1894–1972) Sonia Rosemary Keppel (1900–1986) and others.

The English aristocrat Alice Keppel was best known for being the mistress of Edward VII, king of England. The youngest daughter of Mary Parsons Edmonstone and Sir William Edmonstone, a Scottish admiral in the British navy, Alice was born in 1869 and grew up in a comfortable but not wealthy home in the old castle of Duntreath in Stirlingshire. Her education was good but not extensive, typical for a woman of her class.

In 1891, Alice married the Honorable George Keppel, youngest son of the earl of Albemarle. They were a loving couple throughout their marriage. They had two daughters, the writer Violet Keppel Trefusis and Sonia Keppel , both of whom adored their mother. (The paternity of Violet is in dispute.) Acquaintances describe Alice Keppel as humorous and charming, but with a shrewd intelligence and a keen grasp of British politics and economic events. All of these qualities attracted the attention of the Prince of Wales when he met Mrs. Keppel in February 1898 (he was 57, she 29). Albert Edward, called "Bertie" by his family and friends, was the outgoing and genial heir to the throne of his mother Queen Victoria .

Similar in personality despite their age difference, they began a romantic relationship which lasted beyond Edward's accession in 1901 until his death in 1910. Soon Alice was recognized as Edward's mistress, although neither ever spoke publicly of it, nor displayed any affection in public. But they were seen together frequently, attending social functions as a couple. Perhaps contrary to expectations, Edward and Alice each maintained good relationships with their spouses. Alice's husband George, an officer and a gentleman, handled his wife's indiscretion with upper-class aplomb for which he was awarded the Royal Victorian Order. George remained on friendly terms with the king, while Queen Alexandra of Denmark welcomed the arrangement. The queen preferred a quiet home life with her seven children to the constant parties, social engagements, and outdoor activities enjoyed by her husband. Restless and easily bored, Edward needed constant activity and new diversions. Alexandra was content to let Alice act as a second queen, as long as the affair remained discreet. The prudent Alice was a kind woman, and she seems to have gotten along well with Alexandra. In fact, they became friends and allies. When years later a grieving Edward VIII abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson (1895–1986), Keppel remarked: "Things were done better in my day."

Before long those closest to Edward, including his wife and ministers, recognized that Alice had an unusual degree of positive influence over him. Of all of Edward's mistresses, including Lillie Langtry and Frances Evelyn Greville , Alice Keppel had the most influence. She was capable of calming him during his infrequent but violent fits of anger and knew how to keep him in good humor with gossip, card games, and other amusements. Known for her wit, beauty, good nature, deep voice, flair for cigarette smoking, and her ability to control the temper of the king, Keppel once apologized to her card-partner, an angry Edward, for a miscalled play with the line: "I never could tell a king from knave." Consequently, those around the king began to rely on her ability to handle him. They also appreciated her tact and discretion although the relationship was widely known, she kept it as quiet as possible, so important in an era valuing outward appearances above all else. The king's ministers also used Alice's political knowledge and influence to their advantage, invoking her aid in convincing Edward to heed their policy advice. Keppel was known to have smoothed over one or two diplomatic matters and to have acted as an intermediary between the king and the Liberal regime of Prime Minister Sir Herbert Asquith.

In the course of the affair, Alice (and her husband) became quite wealthy. "Mrs. Keppel," notes Diana Souhami , "regarded adultery as a sound business practice." Edward showered her with gifts of clothing and jewels in addition to a large income. Since neither the Edmonstones nor the Keppels were particularly well off, the king's gifts allowed members of both families to be part of England's wealthiest elite. The Keppels also traveled extensively with the king, spending months at a time abroad, most often in France.

In May 1910, when King Edward died at age 70, Alice was deeply grieved, as were George and Alexandra. Alice decided to go abroad with her family during the transition to the reign of George V. In November 1910, the Keppels and their two daughters sailed to Ceylon, then to China, not returning to London until 1912. There Mrs. Keppel emerged once again as a popular hostess to London's high society. During World War I, George Keppel served in France Alice followed him there, serving as a nurse in a field hospital.

Following the war, the Keppels retired to Italy, purchasing the villa known as L'Ombrellino in the hills overlooking Florence. Life at L'Ombrellino was leisured and slow-paced, spent entertaining friends, mostly English, French, and Italian aristocrats. The outbreak of World War II caused them to flee Italy for England by way of France, causing Frances Greville to sniff, "To hear Alice talk about her escape from France, one would think she had swum the Channel with her maid between her teeth." The Keppels returned to Florence in 1946. There Alice Keppel died in September 1947, at age 78. In 1995, Britain issued a stamp that had been approved by Queen Elizabeth II , featuring a mother and child the mother was Alice Keppel.

Alice Keppel - History

Alice Keppel (born October 14, 1869, died November 22, 1947) was the most famous of the mistresses of King Edward VII. She was the great-grandmother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall,

Alice Keppel's grandfather, a Lieutenant-Colonel John Whittle Parsons, had been the Governor of the Ionian Islands at a time when then were British. He had married a local Greek girl there, and the couple later returned to his home in Scotland.

A daughter of this marriage, Mary Elizabeth Parsons, married one Sir William Edmonstone, 4th Baronet, who had entered the Royal Navy at a young age. Sir William was 31 when he married Mary Elizabeth.

Alice was the youngest of 9 children (8 girls and one boy) of Sir William Edmonstone and Mary Elizabeth Parsons. Alice (nee Parsons) Keppel was born October 14, 1869, in Scotland at Duntreath Castle, Loch Lomond. And grew up here at Duntreath Castle, the family home since the 15th century.

On June 1, 1891, she married the Hon. George Keppel, a son of William Coutts Keppel, 7th Earl of Albemarle. She was 22 when she married, he was 26. Within months of marrying, she is said to have taken a wealthy lover. Her first daughter was born in 1894, and the father was rumoured to be Ernest William Beckett, the future Lord Grimthorpe.

Early in 1898 she met Edward Albert, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), then aged 56. She was 29, and within a matter of weeks Alice was his official mistress. She appears to have been adept at keeping everyone happy, and she was very discreet. Through it all she managed to preserve her own reputation and her marriage to Colonel Hon. George Keppel. The Prince's wife, Alexandra of Denmark, the Princess of Wales, is said to have preferred her descretion, to the Prince's previous mistress, Daisy, Countess of Warwick. And the Duchess of Sutherland, Daisy's half-sister, remarked that the Prince, was "a much pleasanter child since he changed mistresses".

Alexandra was apparently grateful that she kept the Prince in a good temper. However she was (I guess, obviously) not altogether happy with the situation, and was particularly upset with annual Alice's annual appearance at the Cowes regatta. It is always mentioned that Alice had a command of bridge was particularly appealing to Prince Edward.

The Keppel family moved house, from Wilton Crescent to 30 Portman Square where their second daughter, Sonia (Camilla's grandmother), was born in 1900.

It is difficult to judge whether George Keppel tolerated or condoned her being a royal mistress, but according to one of their daughters theirs was a marriage of "companionship of love and laughter"

Apparently when in Baden, a Grand Duke is said to have asked George " Are you related to the king's mistress?", an insult which he is said to have ignored. He went into business in the employ of Sir Thomas Lipton.

In 1910, when Edward VII was on his death bed, and he asked for Alice's presence. Queen Alexandra reluctantly allowed her to be present whilst he was still conscious. However, when the king lost consciousness, she hissed to the doctor, "Get that woman away."

After the king's death, the Keppels sold up in England and spent two years travelling in the Far East. On their return they bought a new house at 16 Grosvenor Street. During the First World War (1914-1918) she helped a friend, Lady Sarah Wilson, run a hospital in Boulogne.

Towards the end of the war her daughter, Violet, became involved in a love affair with Vita Sackville-West, something just not done in those days. To avoid inevitable scandal Violet was "married off" to Denys Trefusis. In a series of moves, Violet threatened to divorce Denys, Alice cut off her daughter's allowance and this eventually brought an end to Violet's and Vita's affair.

In 1927 the Keppels sold their Grosvenor Street house and moved out of England. They bought the Villa dell'Ombrellino, near Florence, Italy where they lived, with the exception of returning to the UK during the Second World War, for the rest of their lives. Alice Keppel voiced her opinion that "things were done much better in my day" when the abdication of Edward VIII was announced over his intention to marry Wallis Simpson,

In 1940 the Keppels returned to England and went to live with their daughter Sonia in the country. However she decided that she preferred "bombs to boredom" and they moved into rooms in the Ritz Hotel in London for the rest of the war. It was during this time that somewhat surprisingly Alice together with her daughter Violet, paid a visit to Queen Mary.

In 1946 they were able to return to their house in Italy, but Alice was by now terminally ill. She died aged seventy-eight in November 1947. Her husband George died two months later.

So Camilla would never have known her great grandmother, being born 17th July 1947. Alice Keppel 's daughter Sonia Keppel (Camilla's grandmother) was born after her mother became involved with Edward, but most historians believe she really was fathered by Alice Keppel's husband. (Sonia was said to have a strong resemblance to George Keppel (though that probably does not mean anything), and the king never treated her like his daughter, and it was Violet that her mother took to visit Queen Mary during the war.) But if Sonia was the king's daughter, that would make Camilla and Charles the somewhat remote relations of second cousins once removed.

We're shocked! Read all about Edward VII's scandalous sex life

Victorian England: We know what that was supposed to mean — all priggish prudery and "we-are-not-amused" harrumphing. Except now we know it wasn't all that, a point driven home by a new biography that focuses — deliciously — on the women who shared the scandalously plentiful sex life of Queen Victoria's eldest son, the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII.

The portly pepperpot of a prince could hardly be considered sexy, even then, but being heir to a 900-year-old monarchy had its charms, especially then. And with little else useful to do for 50 years, thanks to one of the worst royal mothers ever, Bertie, as he was called, indulged his sensual tastes for women's company, often in bed.

At his 1901 coronation, he even invited some of his royal concubines to sit in a pew in Westminster Abbey designated for "the King's special ladies." They didn't call him "Edward the Caresser" for nothing.

Now comes Edward VII: The Prince of Wales and the Women He Loved (St. Martin's Press, 250 pp., ***½ out of four stars), by journalist and pop historian Catharine Arnold, to give us the 411 on these women. Prostitutes and good-time girls, actresses and aristocrats, socialites and social-climbers, all took a turn in Bertie's bed, becoming famous, at least among the royal, titled and rich set, for being the Prince of Wales' mistress.

His lovers included: One of the first American dollar princesses, Jennie Churchill, Winston's mum. One of the first pin-up beauties, Lillie Langtry, the original Jersey girl. The "divine" Sarah Bernhardt, the bisexual French stage actress with an opium habit.

Edward VII in 1906, staying at Rufford House near Doncaster as a guest of Lady Savile. The king's mistress, Alice Keppel, is in the back row, behind his right shoulder. (Photo: Mary Evans Picture Agency)

Bertie's last mistress-in-chief, Mrs. Alice Keppel, was the great-grandmother of Duchess Camilla of Cornwall, the second wife of the current Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, Bertie's great-great grandson. Aside from her famous descendant, Keppel is best known in her family for her late-life quip about the duties of a royal mistress: "Curtsey first and then jump into bed."

Anyone who follows royal goings-on, especially the tortured triangle of Charles, Camilla and his late first wife, Princess Diana, knows the outline of the story of Bertie's sex life it's been covered in previous bios, including the widely acclaimed 2013 book, The Heir Apparent: A Life of Edward VII, the Playboy Prince, by Jane Ridley. Those books reevaluate Bertie's long apprenticeship (now officially surpassed by Prince Charles' wait for the throne) and his short reign as Edward VII (he turned out to be a pretty good king, all things considered). Arnold's book focuses on his lovers and, to some extent, on the rumored illegitimate children allegedly sired by Bertie.

For those less familiar with the details, it might be hard to suppress surprised sneers about royal "family-values" hypocrisy. This was the age when, as Mrs. Patrick Campbell, a famous stage actress of the late 19th century, once put it, no one cared what people did in bed or who they did it with, as long as "they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses."

Or the scandal-phobic Queen Vic, whose many positive qualities as a young queen are currently on display in PBS's Victoria but whose contempt for and resentment of her charming but dissolute son just about ruined him as he waited — and waited — for her to give up the ghost. After more than 63 years on her throne, she finally did, in January 1901, and Bertie became king, only to die in May 1910 , following a lifetime of king-sized appetites for eating, drinking and smoking.

Author Catharine Arnold. (Photo: Stuart Marshall)

Victims of Bertie's behavior included his long-suffering wife and mother of his legitimate children, the beautiful and beloved Danish-born Queen Alexandra. On the king's deathbed, Alix, as she was known in the family, sent for Keppel, the only mistress allowed to visit Bertie as he was dying. It's a bizarre scene, according to Arnold. Alix did not allow this visit out of the goodness of her heart or her own lifetime habit of ignoring Bertie's many affairs. She did it, Arnold writes, because an increasingly frantic Keppel was in effect banging on the Buckingham Palace gate, waving a letter Bertie had written to her allowing her to visit.

Once she was in the room, Bertie, passing in and out of consciousness, seemed not to recognize Keppel and even asked his wife to kiss her. Eventually, Keppel became hysterical, and the queen had enough.

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Name Alice Keppel
Age (as of 2018) 79 years (age at death)
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Birth Date April 29, 1868
Birth Place Duntreath Castle, Strathblane, Scotland
Nationality Duntreath Castle

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The Cubitt Tiara

Since marrying into the British royal family in 2005, the Duchess of Cornwall has had a number of magnificent tiaras at her disposal, including the Greville Tiara and the tiara from the Delhi Durbar parure. Even so, Camilla still sometimes reaches for another sparkler: the tiara she inherited from her own family.

Alice Keppel, great-grandmother of the Duchess of Cornwall (Ellis Roberts/Getty Images )

The Cubitt Tiara (sometimes called the Cubitt-Shand Tiara) belonged to Camilla’s grandmother, Sonia Keppel, who has her own set of links to the Windsors. Sonia’s mother was Alice Keppel, who is best known to history as the last mistress of King Edward VII. Sonia was married to the Hon. Roland Cubitt — hence the name of this diamond floral tiara — and had three children before divorcing. (Interestingly, Roland and Sonia’s divorce was finalized on July 4, 1947, only days before the birth of their first grandchild: Camilla.)

Sonia lent her diamond tiara to Camilla for her 1973 wedding to Andrew Parker Bowles. You can see the tiara’s distinctively tall center section above Camilla’s hairstyle in pictures from the day.

Laura Parker-Bowles wears the tiara at her 2006 wedding to Harry Lopes
(Chris Jackson/Getty Images )

When Sonia died in 1986, the tiara was inherited by Camilla’s mother, Rosalind. She married Major Bruce Shand, a WWII hero, in 1946. Rosalind chose to wear flowers instead of a tiara at her wedding. In fact, I haven’t seen any photographs of Rosalind Shand wearing the tiara. In 2006, though, Camilla’s daughter, Laura, extended the bridal tiara tradition to another generation.

The Duchess of Cornwall wears the tiara at the Royal Academy of the Arts in 2015
(Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images )

Rosalind died in 1994, and she left the tiara to Camilla, who is the elder of her two daughters. After Camilla married Prince Charles in 2005, she wore the tiara to the annual diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. She wore the tiara again for the same event in 2014. We also got a good look at the tiara at a dinner at the Royal Academy of the Arts in June 2015.

The Duchess of Cornwall wears the tiara at the Royal Academy of the Arts in 2015
(Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images )

I can understand why Camilla has become so partial to the grand Greville Tiara over the past decade, but I also get why she’d want to pop on this smaller sparkler occasionally — it’s a bit easier to balance, I’d imagine!

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There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Keppel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Keppel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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The Many Mistresses of King Edward VII

King Edward VII’s reign was relatively short, lasting from January 1901 to 1910. Although he is often cited as the (now) second longest serving Prince of Wales, Edward was infamously known for his love life rather than his time as king. He had several notable mistresses who shared his life with him over the years. Edward married Princess Alexandra of Denmark at 21 in 1863. Their marriage was not a particularly happy one, as it was an arranged marriage for dynastic purposes. However, they were cordial with each other and had certainly reached a comfortable agreement with one another. Alexandra knew of Edward’s extramarital affairs and was civil and respectful to the women she shared Bertie with.

Lillie Langtry was Edward’s first serious mistress. Born on the island of Jersey, Langtree, an actress, met the Prince of Wales at a dinner party in 1877. Edward quickly became infatuated with her, and the two were inseparable for the next three years. The affair ended when Langtree became pregnant, most likely by a friend. Edward separated himself from her after her affair with the Earl of Shrewsbury resulted in the press suggesting that he would be called upon in the divorce case. Edward would use his influence to help her stage career, but that was it.

Lillie Langtry. By The original uploader was Isis at English Wikipedia. – Unknown, Public Domain,

Edward’s second long-term mistress was Daisy Brooke, the society hostess married to Francis Greville, Lord Brooke. She was a member of the Marlborough House Set, the group of socialites that formed the Prince and Princess of Wales’s inner circle. Her affair with the Prince would continue for nine years and was a source of fun and entertainment. During the affair, her husband inherited the Earldom of Warwick which allowed Brooke countless opportunities to publicly spend time with the Prince. She was known as the Babbling Brooke for allowing news of her affairs to get out, but she also challenged Edward on many social issues. After their affair ended, she went on to found countless charities for women and children of the poorest ranks of society. Brooke also became a socialist and wrote over ten books on different topics, including socialism and the First World War. In 1923 she stood for election for the Labour party (though wasn’t elected).

Daisy Brooke. By The Lafayette Studio – [1], Public Domain,

Alice Keppel, Edward’s final mistress, is without a doubt the most infamous, due to her being the Duchess of Cornwall’s great-grandmother. Keppel met the King in 1898 at the age of 29, and despite a 26 year age gap, quickly won him over. Instead of paying her directly, Edward gave her shares in a rubber company, which earned her the money needed to finance a royal lifestyle. He preferred Keppel to Brooke, as she was far more discreet and useful in his working life. When Edward became king in 1901, Keppel held a prominent role at court and often went between the King and his ministers. Alexandra allowed Keppel to come to the King’s bedside when he was dying, though she had to be removed due to hysterics. Once he had passed, she and her family left Britain. Several gifts from Edward to Keppel were stolen from Sudeley Castle in September 2019 see the Royal Central article here. Unfortunately, the thieves have not been apprehended yet.

Alice Keppel. By Unknown –, Public Domain,

The Crown: Were Camilla & Charles' Ancestors Really Lovers?

In The Crown, Camilla says she's just a mistress to the Prince of Wales, like her ancestor, but there's more to that royal affair than Camilla shared.

In The Crown season 4 finale, “War,” Camilla tells Charles that their romance is doomed by reminding him that his great-great-grandfather and her great grandmother also had an affair. Charles, aware of the illicit romance between their ancestors, responds by saying that they loved each other to the end. At that point in The Crown, Charles and Camilla had begun an affair while Camilla was still married to Andrew Paker Bowles and Charles to Princess Diana. Rumors of Charles and Camilla’s affair had begun to circulate, but the couple continued to carry out their affair with discretion until Charles decided that he wanted to leave Diana and marry Camilla.

In The Crown, Charles believes that the people of England would appreciate his and Camilla’s love story after all they had gone through, but Camilla is very aware of how going public with their relationship would make her the villain in Princess Diana’s fairytale. Camilla tells Charles that she will never amount to anything more than Charles' mistress and that Diana will always defeat her in the court of public opinion. She cites her great grandmother and Charles' great-great-grandfather as an example, which - while true - is not a perfect comparison.

Camilla's great grandmother, Alice Keppel, was one of more than fifty-five mistresses to Charles' great-great-grandfather, King Edward VII. Alice Keppel and King Edward VII got together when he was still Prince of Wales - while she was 29 and he was 56, a larger age gap than Diana and Charles - but the pair began their affair when Alice and Edward were both already married. However, both of their spouses were surprisingly okay with the affair. Alice Keppel’s husband, George Keppel, is said to have made himself scarce when Edward came around and Alexandra of Denmark, Edward’s wife, reportedly preferred Alice to the king’s many other mistresses who were less discreet and couldn’t soothe Edward’s moods like Alice did.

Alexandra tolerated Alice, even allowing her to join the king at his deathbed - though she reportedly had Alice removed as soon as the king lost consciousness. Alice, for her part, leveraged her position to secure a job for her brother and was financially supported by the king, who acquired shares in a rubber factory for Alice. Regardless of how Alice and Alexandra privately felt about each other, there wasn’t a bitter rivalry between the pair on the same scale as Camilla and Diana - despite the fact that Alexandra was publicly liked just as much as Diana.

Nearly 25 years after Charles and Diana’s divorce and even after Charles’ did ask Camilla to marry him, Camilla is still seen as an outsider by the royal family and much of the public. Charles and Camilla’s family history makes for compelling dramatic effect in The Crown and Charles was right – Edward did love Alice. But Alice Keppel was never hated by the public like Camilla, possibly because she wasn’t as well-known, or simply because Edward never tried to divorce Alexandra for her. History has shown and seasons 5 and 6 of The Crownwill likely tell that the fictional Camilla was right about Charles leaving Diana to be with her – in the eyes of the public, she became seen as little more than the villain in Diana’s story.

The Keppel Affair

On October 15th, 1778, a letter appeared in the Whig General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer, which was to prove a catalyst in one of the most notable causes celebres in naval history, the Keppel-Palliser affair.

The letter made specific accusations which had been in the air for three months, ever since the inconclusive action off Ushant between Admiral Keppel's Channel Fleet and the French, that the battle had been thrown away by the insubordination of Vice-Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser, Keppel's rear divisional commander.

Anonymously penned, the charges brought to the boil the simmering national discontent over the war against America in its battle for independence and the Tory ministry, whilst the subsequent courts martial effectively ended the careers of both protagonists. The charges could, within the straitjacket of the Admiralty Fighting Instructions, with their draconian penalties for failure in action, have added two more names to Admiral Byng's in the list of national scapegoats. (Byng was court-martialed in 1757 for cowardice during the Seven Years War and shot). The letter read:

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