Princess Mar­garet ex­posed!

The Queen’s party-loving sis­ter as you’ve never seen her – in the con­tro­ver­sial new se­ries of The Crown

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Chris Hast­ings

DANC­ING around clad in only her un­der­wear, she is the epit­ome of the care­free party girl.

This is Princess Mar­garet as she ap­pears in the hotly awaited sec­ond se­ries of The Crown.

Broad­cast next month, the fol­lowup to the hit first se­ries cov­ers the late 1950s and 1960s and will in­clude the Princess’s re­la­tion­ship with hand­some high-so­ci­ety pho­tog­ra­pher Antony Arm­strong-Jones, whom she later mar­ried.

Writ­ten by Peter Mor­gan, the drama will show Mar­garet (Vanessa Kirby) and Arm­strong-Jones, played by Down­ton Abbey star Matthew Goode, em­bark­ing on se­cret trysts on the back of a mo­tor­bike.

The pro­gramme will de­pict the late Princess as a head­strong young wo­man hell­bent on hap­pi­ness, ir­re­spec­tive of the con­se­quences to the Queen and the rest of the Royal Fam­ily. Royal bi­og­ra­pher Mar­garet Holder said the por­trayal was fac­tu­ally ac­cu­rate, adding: ‘She was a young wo­man hav­ing to hide a some­what racy na­ture un­der an out­ward show of re­spectabil­ity that was expected in that era.’

In the sec­ond se­ries of The Crown, screened on Net­flix, the Queen, played by Claire Foy, has to deal with the ‘rest­less­ness’ of her hus­band Philip, with some re­ports claim­ing that the se­ries will show him cheat­ing on her. She will also have to en­sure she is not up­staged when Pres­i­dent Kennedy, played by Michael C Hall, and his glam­orous wife Jackie (Jodi Bal­four) visit Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Some ex­perts ar­gue that the pro­gramme ap­pears to be mo­ti­vated by a repub­li­can agenda. Royal his­to­rian Hugo Vick­ers said: ‘Whereas I see the monar­chy as ben­e­fi­cial to this coun­try, I get the im­pres­sion that Peter Mor­gan thinks they are mainly in­ter­ested in their own sur­vival.’

NAUGHTY SIS­TER: Vanessa Kirby as Princess Mar­garet in The Crown (main pic­ture). Be­low left: Kirby with Matthew Goode as Antony Arm­strongJones. Be­low right: Jodi Bal­four as Jackie Kennedy and Claire Foy as the Queen

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