Andrew Morton told People how the similarities between the two Princesses drew them together.
He said: “Neither of them were hunting, shooting or fishing types.
“Margaret put her arm around Diana. She could see they were two metropolitan princesses.”
The ‘Diana: Her True Story’ author elaborates on how Margaret welcomed Diana into the Firm in his new book ‘Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters’.
Princess Margaret urged Queen to ‘give Diana a chance’ before ‘guillotine came down’
He wrote: “Princess Margaret came to her rescue, suggesting to the Queen that Diana was having difficulties adjusting to her role and that she should cut her some slack.
“The Queen, who avoids family confrontation if at all possible, took her sister’s advice.”
The royal author told People: “She did say, ‘Just give Diana a chance.'”
But Diana’s bombshell Panorama interview – which saw her unveil details of her crumbling marriage to Prince Charles – marked a before and after in how she was perceived by other royals.
According to Mr Morton, it was at that time that “the guillotine really came down.”
Diana’s Panorama interview saw her unveil details of her crumbling marriage to Prince Charles
He added that Margaret “had always defended the Queen and was always loyal to her.
“She felt Diana let her sister down. She was the Praetorian guard of her sister.”
The Queen’s “close” relationship with her younger sister was uncovered as part of Channel 5’s documentary ‘Elizabeth: Our Queen’.
Narrator James D’Arcy told viewers: “The two sisters were close and had difficult times.
“In the 50s, the Queen had not been able to support her sister’s relationship with divorcee Group Captain Peter Townsend. Despite this tension, they had remained close.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK