When royalty is involved nothing goes unnoticed, so, meet Princess Margaret who during her lifetime made headlines for her tempestuous romantic entanglements that was always under the spotlight.
Princess Margaret’s Relationship With Queen Elizabeth
Born to royal parents, the Duke and Duchess of York who became future King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother of England is the only sister of Queen Elizabeth II of England. This royal family was known to be a very close family and the King fondly called them ”we four”. The two sisters were also said to have shared a very tight bond that became stronger especially when they lost the King who was the soul of the family as Princess Margaret would have described him. When Elizabeth was crowned Queen in 1953, there was a huge change in her status as the consecrated monarch and ruler of millions of subjects in about five continents but in spite of this, she kept in touch with her sister who at that time, was living at Kensington Palace which had a direct call line to the Queen in Buckingham Palace on which the pair can talk about serious to trivial issues.
The late Princess who was four years younger than Queen Elizabeth II was known to have shown great respect for her sister and would always refer to her as ‘The Queen ‘ when in public rather than the pet names she grew up calling her like ‘Lilibet’ or ‘my sister’. The pair were also said to have been quite different in character as Princess Margaret was said to be more fun loving with a good sense of humour while Elizabeth had always had the charisma of a Queen and a high sense of responsibility. It’s recorded that it was only at her funeral that The Queen who is known to mask her emotions was seen to be vulnerable as she stares at her sister’s coffin being laid to rest.
The Romance With Peter Townsend
Shortly after King George’s demise and still grieving for his loss, the young Princess Margaret met Peter Townsend who was the new Comptroller of her mother’s house and in the same year Queen Elizabeth was coronated, he proposed to marry her. The marriage proposal was rejected as Townsend was a divorcee with two children from his previous marriage. The pair, however, continued their affair in the hope that fate will change and luck will smile on them but that was not the case as the only way to enjoy their union was for the Princess to renounce her royalty.
In October 1955, Princess Margaret gave an official statement that revealed that the love between her and Townsend cannot be placed before her duty to the throne and the commonwealth nations hence, they are going to part ways but will remain good friends and colleagues.
Who is Princess Margaret Husband?
In 1960, news of Princess Margaret’s marriage to the photographer Antony Armstrong Jones came as a shock as no one had speculated that a royal blood would marry a commoner. Tabloids, however, reported that the rushed wedding could have been a result of Townsend’s intentions to marry a young girl named Marie Luce Jamagne. The plans for the wedding was widely publicized as it was going to be the first royal wedding that would be aired worldwide. However, other royal rulers in Europe did not appreciate the fact that a royal blood was mixing with a commoner so, they did not show much excitement about the marriage and it was reported that only Queen Ingrid of Denmark graced the occasion with her presence from a foreign royal family.
A year after the wedding, The Queen made Anthony the Earl of Snowdon. Also, the couple welcomed their first child David Viscount Linley on 3 November that year and a daughter named Lady Sarah on 1 May 1964. A happy ending to their love story was expected but in reality, it was far from so as the pair started experiencing challenges which range from alcohol abuse, arguments and secret affairs. Anthony, now Earl of Snowdon, was said to have fathered a child outside his matrimonial home on two occasions and was even accused of having love relationships with men. The Princess, on the other hand, had her own share of scandal as she was said to have been involved with Anthony Barton, a wine producer who was also her daughter’s godfather back in 1966. She was also said to have had a romantic fling with Robin Douglas Home, the nephew of a former British Prime Minister Alec Douglas Home and series of other entanglements were rumoured like the relationship with a singer named Mick Jagger, the actor Peter Sellers and Keith Miller an Australian cricket player. She was also named in actor David Niven biography as one of his many flings. Furthermore, two actors named Warren Beatty and John Bindon made claims to have had a romantic involvement with the Princess.
In 1976, a tabloid published a picture of Princess Margaret with a guy named Llewellyn who was said to be 17 years younger than her, wearing swimsuits and looking very relaxed in the company of each other. She was branded a predatory and the boy was called her lover which crumbled all hopes of the Princess ever mending her marriage with Anthony. A month after the publication, the couple made a public acknowledgement of their failed marriage and the divorce was finalized.