‘The Crown’ certainly revived interest in the British royal. Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister, Princess Margaret is portrayed as an independent spirit.
But how much truth is behind the character? Here are five facts about Princess Margaret.
- Princess Margaret was born at a different place than the other royals.
It’s for the first time in over 30 decades, a member of the British Royal Family was born in Scotland. It was when Princess Margaret entered the world on August 21, 1930.
- Princess Margaret’s controversial romance with Mr Peter Townsend has always been true.
The group captain, Peter proposed Princess Margaret in the year 1953. According to some reports, Queen Elizabeth asked for them to wait until after her coronation to wed.
Keeping their 16-year age difference aside, the affair was actually doomed. Mr Townsend was a divorced man. And marrying a divorced man was discouraged and not accepted by the Church of England.
As because of this their relationship was frowned upon, Margaret would have to leave her country, relinquish her royal title. They did split up two years after their relationship was revealed to the public.
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Princess Margaret announced in a statement:
“I would like it to be known that I have decided not to marry the Group Capt. Mr Peter Townsend. I am careful of the church’s teaching that Christian marriage is indissoluble. Also I am very much conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth so, I have resolved to put these considerations before any others”.
- Then came a new love in Princess Margaret’s life.
While Margaret was heartbroken over Townsend, she found her true love in the arms of a commoner. She then married a photographer, Antony Armstrong-Jones in the year 1960. He, after marrying was given the title of ‘First Earl of Snowdon’.
Their wedding, which had an estimated cost of around $65,000 was the first among the royals to be televised. Their six-week honeymoon, which cost $115,000, caused an outrage.
Antony and Margaret’s first child was born three weeks into Margaret’s honeymoon with Antony. Together, this official royal couple had two children. Namely, David, born in 1961 and Sarah, born in 1964.
- They divorced in 1978, something that was indeed unthinkable for a Royal to do for more than 400 years.
In the year 1992, Margaret reunited with Townsend when she was 61 and he was 77 years old. According to the reports, the ex-lovers ‘chatted like the old friends they were’.
Margaret has always been close to Queen Elizabeth’s heart.
Unfortunately, she died at the age of 71 in the month of February 2002. She suffered from a stroke. Queen announced her sister’s death ‘with great sadness’.