Royal heartbreak: Did Princess Margaret NEVER find happiness because of the Queen?
Princess Margaret was a fascinating woman with immense star power, however, it has been claimed that Margaret never found the happiness she deserved because of her elder sister, the Queen.
A witty, glamorous and rebellious character, the Queen’s younger sister was nicknamed “The Royal Rebel”.
Time magazine noted that Margaret’s “increasingly sober face in news pictures seemed to reflect a deeply troubled heart”.
There were claims that Margaret always lived in her sister’s shadow, and her entire life, she endured endless scrutiny as she tried her best to navigate her life as a royal.
In documentary “William and Harry: Brothers in Arms”, royal editor Ingrid Seward discussed the relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William, and how Harry could have felt over shadowed by his elder brother.
Mrs Seward explains: “I think it’s very difficult being the second son because you don’t really have a defined role.”
The royal expert then claims: “When you look at Princess Margaret, she never found the happiness she should have done.
“She was always completely in the shadow of her elder sister, because her elder sister was Queen. And Princess Anne said she used to feel like an also-ran.”
Even as a child, Margaret was always branded as the sister most likely to behave badly.
In an interview, Margaret said, “When my sister and I were growing up, she was made out to be the goody-goody one. That was boring so the press tried to make out that I was wicked as hell.”
While Princess Margaret was clearly in awe of her older sister, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, she also felt protective of her.
“The Reality of Monarchy” author Andrew Duncan recalls a conversation with Margaret: ”In my own humble way I’ve always tried to take some of the burden off my sister.”
By most accounts, Elizabeth and Margaret had a close bond, despite their differing personalities and roles in the royal family.
The princess scandalised the monarchy in the Fifties when she fell in love with a married man, royal aide Group Captain Peter Townsend, who was 16 years older and had two children.
By the time she was in her 50s, Margaret began to suffer frequent health problems.
In 1985, she had a section of her lung removed. In 1998, she had a stroke.
The following year, she spent several weeks in the hospital after scalding her feet in a bathing accident that limited her mobility for the rest of her life.
Princess Margaret died at the age of 71 on February 9th 2002, just seven weeks before the death of her mother on March 30th 2002.
Margaret was born in Scotland in 1930 – the second daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
She was forbidden from marrying Captain Townsend because he was a divorcee, something that caused great controversy in the press.
After the end of their romance, Princess Margaret and her future husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, were introduced at a dinner party in May 1958.
They got married in a lavish wedding at Westminster Abbey in 1960 and were later made Count and Countess of Snowdon.
The royal couple had two children, Viscount David Linley in 1961 and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones in 1964.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK