PRINCESS Diana sparked the fury of one member of the Royal Family in particular who considered her tell-all interview the “ultimate act of betrayal.”
Princess Diana shared her anguish about her failing marriage to Prince Charles in a tell-all interview with the BBC programme Panorama in 1995. During the interview, the Princess of Wales admitted to having had affairs after realising her relationship with Charles had reached its end years prior. The candid confession prompted the Queen to put her foot down and ordered her son and daughter-in-law to divorce but also sparked the fury of Princess Margaret.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter told Channel 5’s ‘Princess Margaret: Rebel without a Crown’ documentary: “As far as Margaret was concerned, that was the ultimate act of betrayal. Margaret had had her own infidelities but you don’t talk about them in a public forum.
“You don’t air your dirty laundry and, more than that, you don’t throw the entire Royal Family, and with it the institution of monarchy, under the bus. She was furious.”
Former BBC royal correspondent Jenny Bond suggested the interview cemented Margaret’s “unsympathetic” conduct towards Diana after years of “jealousy.”
Ms Bond said: “I think when Diana came on the scene and Fergie, with the focus of all the press attention around the UK, she was plain jealous.
Princess Diana discussed her failing marriage with Prince Charles on the BBC (Image: BBC)
Princess Diana openly admitted to having had affairs (Image: BBC)
“She had been the belle of the ball, she had been the one people wanted to follow. So I think she was jealous and she was unsympathetic towards their behaviour.
“I know that after Diana’s interview with Panorama, when she divulged everything to Marin Bashir, Margaret was utterly appalled.”
Broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika questioned Margaret’s behaviour with Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, suggesting her experience fending off public attention could have helped both women in settling down as senior members of the Royal Family.
Ms Hazarika said: “There is a great irony to how Margaret reacts to Diana and Sarah Ferguson.
Princess Margaret was reportedly furious because of Diana’s BBC interview (Image: GETTY)
Princess Margaret had already a difficult relationship with Diana before, Bond claimed (Image: GETTY)
“They, of course, had to go through quite a torrid time in their relationships, they have a large amount of press intrusion.
“You would think that Margaret, having gone through all this, might have been slightly kind and a wee bit benevolent but she’s quite harsh towards them.”
Biographer Tom Quinn claimed the Queen had attempted to calm down Princess Margaret as the wedding of her two eldest sons broke down in quick succession during the 1990s.
Mr Quinn said: “The Queen did try to intervene, I’ve been told.
Princess Diana was ultimately ordered by the Queen to go ahead with the divorce (Image: GETTY)
Princess Diana and Charles had separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)
“But I think the experience would have told Queen Elizabeth not much can be done, ‘this is my sister, she’s always been an issue, she’s always been quite difficult. We’re just going to have to accept that’.”
Some commentators have suggested the reaction Margaret had was the result of her personal sacrifice to protect the standing of the Royal Family decades earlier.
Margaret had hoped to marry former royal equerry Peter Townsend but was forced to give up her plans after the Queen refused to grant her permission to the marriage.
Royal commentator Katie Nicholls said: “I think their relationship changed from the until, actually, the end end of Margaret’s life.
“There was always a part of her that resented the Queen for not giving that blessing. It certainly led to tensions, it did lead to difficulties.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK