The royal rene­gade

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Do­minic Sand­brook looks beyond Princess Mar­garet’s im­pos­si­bly glam­orous im­age and finds a royal tragedy

Princess Mar­garet was an al­most im­pos­si­bly glam­orous sym­bol of Bri­tain’s post­war jour­ney from aus­ter­ity to moder­nity. But then Bri­tain hit the buf­fers – and so did Mar­garet’s for­tunes.

Do­minic Sand­brook asks, where did it all go wrong for Queen El­iz­a­beth’s younger sis­ter?

Princess Mar­garet, in an of­fi­cial royal por­trait from 1973 and a hol­i­day snap by her hus­band in 1969. Her love of par­ties and high-so­ci­ety life, and her choice of men, gen­er­ated sev­eral neg­a­tive head­lines

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