Princess Margaret’s life as ‘trailblazer’ revealed by closest friends in new documentary


Princess Margaret’s life as ‘trailblazer’ revealed by closest friends in new documentary

PRINCESS Margaret’s private life will be revealed in a new documentary by the BBC that sees Prince Charles describe the Queen’s sister as a “trailblazer”.

According to The Daily Telegraph, the broadcaster said the two-part documentary, to be shown later this year, will examine Princess Margaret as a woman “whose life and loves reflected the social and sexual revolution that transformed Brtian during the 20th century”.

Giving some insight into Margaret’s life, Prince Charles tells the programme: “She was a trailblazer, she was a little bit of a rebel.

“She wanted to have the Royal life but she also wanted to have a normal life.”

The documentary will include contributions from childhood friend and later lady-in-waiting Lady Anne Glenconner, authors Anne de Courcy, Christopher Warwick and Craig Brown, who catalogued the Princess’s celebrated rudeness in a recent biography.

Mr Brown wrote: “It was almost as though, early in life, she had contracted a peculiarly royal form of Tourette’s Syndrome, causing the sufferer to be seized by the unstoppable urge to say the wrong thing.”

The documentary on Princess Margaret could be broadcast later this year (Image GETTY)
The documentary on Princess Margaret could be broadcast later this year (Image GETTY)

The programme will include an interview with Basil Charles, the former owner of Basil’s Bar on the private Caribbean island of Mustique, where Margaret once had a holiday home.

It will also be shown in the US, where another programme, The Crown, has proved a massive hit for Netflix, with actress Vanessa Kirby nominated for an Emmy for her portrayal as a young Margaret.

The Netflix series begins with the reign of George VI, showing an insight into the life of Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret as young girls.
The third season, which is due to be broadcast next year, will see Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter portraying the Royal.

Princess Margaret, who was born on August 21, 1930 in Angus, Scotland, was the younger daughter of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and the only sibling of the current Queen.

She famously married Lord Snowdon on May 6, 1960 at Westminster Abbey, and the ceremony was the first Royal Wedding to be broadcast on television, attracting viewing figures of 30 million worldwide.

The couple had two children – David Viscount Linley born on November 3, 1961 and Lady Sarah born on May 1, 1964.
But on March 19, 1976, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon publicly acknowledged that their marriage had broken down, and on July 11, 1978, their divorce was finalised.

It was the first divorce of a senior member of the British Royal family since Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh’s in 1901.

Princess Margaret died aged 71 at King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on February 9, 2002 and was laid to rest six days later within the Royal Vault at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.


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