Camilla and Charles would later have their own affair spanning 21 years, which took place while both were married to other people – Charles to Princess Diana and Camilla to Andrew Parker Bowles. Both their marriages ended in divorce in the mid-1990s and only a year after the settlement Diana tragically died in a car crash. Camilla and Charles began to openly pursue their relationship and the pair finally married in 2005.
In the 2017 documentary ‘Royal Stories: Episode 5 – Camilla Parker-Bowles’, it is revealed how Camilla told a fascinated Charles salacious stories about previous royal affairs, including one that involved her own great-grandmother.
The narrator said: “Camilla apparently captivated Charles by talking about royal mistresses.
“Her great-grandmother Alice Keppel had had an affair with Charles’ great-great-grandfather Edward VII, 73 years earlier.
“Edward was a serial womaniser with 11 mistresses.
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Image: GETTY)
Camilla and Charles in the seventies (Image: GETTY)
“Alice, his favourite, was described as having the sexual morals of an alleycat.”
Mrs Keppel had married George Keppel, son of 7th Earl of Albemarle, in 1891 aged 23.
She was a well-liked social hostess and engaged in multiple affairs with richer men, including Earnest Becket, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe and Humphrey Sturt, 2nd Baron Alington.
In 1898, she met the future King Edward VII, who at the time was the heir apparent to the British monarchy.
King Edward VII and Alice Keppel (Image: GETTY)
The future king, nicknamed Bertie, had many mistresses throughout his life but Mrs Keppel is believed to be his favourite.
Twenty-six years her senior, the prince found Mrs Keppel could smooth his mood swings later in life.