The Duchess of Argyll’s mystery man has been revealed, according to a Dec. 29 New York Post report. Socialite Margaret Campbell, known as the Duchess of Argyll enjoyed her own share of scandal during her 1963 divorce from her husband in Great Britain, when photos of the Duchess performing sex acts on an unidentified man were revealed. The headless images shocked and rocked British circles at the time.
The mystery man has been identified as William “Bill” Lyons, who at the time, was the sales director of Pan American World Airways, according to the duchess’ daughter-in-law. “For 50 years it has been safely, maybe too safely, kept – for in keeping it, we have also perpetuated the mystery, and in so doing we have done Margaret’s reputation no favors,” Lady Colin Campbell wrote in the Daily Mail.
According to Lady Campbell’s first person piece in the Daily Mail, her goal in unveiling the mystery “ is to restore some small measure of justice that I have decided to end the mystery and reveal who it was in the picture with her, and why. I know the answer for a fact because, in the course of our long friendship, it was Margaret who told me.”
Lady Campbell also revealed that Lyons was married to a “highly strung” Portuguese wife, whom he continually reassured the Duchess of Argyll that he would leave for her. He never did, and the wife for part, would threaten to commit suicide. He and the Duchess however, continued to travel together, and were accepted “everywhere” as a couple.
“We were as good as married,” Margaret said of the relationship. Six year later, fearing having his wife’s death on his conscience, he left the Duchess and returned to his wife “in both body and soul,” according to Lady Campbell, who adds, “The damage to Margaret was made all the worse by [her husband’s] decision to include among the photographs, pornographic pictures he had purchased abroad – some featuring more than one man, so determined was he to ruin her reputation. But the only pictures that he stole from his estranged wife featured Bill.”
She continued, “To me, the most interesting aspect of the whole sorry saga has never been the identity of the Headless Man. To those of us who were close to her, it was hardly a surprise – Bill was her lover after all. I have always known the answer.”