PRINCESS MARGARET and her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones used to have a famously turbulent relationship, and apparently Lord Snowdon once took drastic action to escape her, according to an unearthed report.
Margaret wed Lord Snowdon in 1960, and the pair seemed to have a very loving relationship for the first few years of their marriage. However, it soon collapsed after accusations of infidelity.The couple split in 1976, after images of Margaret with her young beau Roddy Llewllyn appeared in the newspapers. However, even before the photographs were taken, Lord Snowdon was struggling to spend time with his wife.
According to biographer Anne De Courcy writing in the Daily Mail in 2017, Lord Snowdon would go to extreme lengths to avoid Margaret.
She wrote: “On holiday in Rome with their friends Judy Montagu and her husband, who lived in an elegant flat in the ancient Jewish quarter, Tony climbed out of a window and onto the roof.”
Apparently, he said: “It’s the only place I can get away from her.”
Ms De Courcy continued: “He remained there until persuaded down by magazine publisher Jocelyn Stevens, who was also in Rome and who’d been rung by the frantic Margaret when her own pleas for her husband to come down had met with no response.
“She did not always understand how much her behaviour frustrated him.”
Antony Armstrong-Jones and Princess Margaret (Image: Getty)
Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret were famous for their fiery rows throughout their marriage (Image: Getty)
Margaret’s marriage to Mr Armstrong-Jones caused a stir within her social circles because he was a royal photographer and not considered to be from aristocracy.
Some critics believe this was the root of their marriage problems — neither understood the other’s background.
An Evening Standard article from 2007 explained the Queen was actually reluctant to accept Margaret’s choice of fiancé.
The article read: “Certainly, there was a definite sense that Princess Margaret was marrying ‘beneath herself’.
The Queen’s younger sister Margaret married Armstrong-Jones in 1960 (Image: Getty)
“The Duke of Gloucester apparently greeted Harold MacMillan at Sandringham with the words: ‘Thank heavens you’ve come, Prime Minister.
“’The Queen’s in a terrible state — there’s a fellow called Jones in the billiard room who wants to marry her sister.’”
The Queen Mother also questioned the match, even though Mr Armstrong-Jones was the son of a countess and a QC.
The article continued: “That didn’t stop royalty and a certain sort of aristocratic courtier from sneering at his relatively newly double-barrelled name, his supposedly common Welsh ancestry and his lowly occupation.”
The Queen was reportedly concerned initially about their wedding (Image: Getty)
The couple struggled to understand one another and would butt heads regularly (Image: Getty)
It was not until five years into the marriage that the cracks truly began to show, as Lord Snowdon rebelled against expectations.
Ms De Courcy explained that Lord Snowdon’s prime job was “to be the perfect royal consort”.
Yet, the royal biographer said: “He was never going to spend his time as a permanent number two.”
Antony and Margaret divorced in 1978 — pictured at their daughter’s wedding in 1994 (Image: Getty)
Margaret was known to take her life as a royal incredibly seriously, and often made demands on Lord Snowdon’s time according to experts.
The Queen’s sister was usually blamed for the breakup of their marriage, according to her biographer Christopher Warwick.
In conversation with Vanity Fair in November last year, he said: “This was because, as Margaret put it to me, ‘Tony was very oily — with my sister and with my mother and the family.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK