Princess Margaret’s affair with a younger man shocked the world…
When Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones got married in 1960, the couple embraced a hedonistic lifestyle, partying with rock stars and celebrities.
To the outside world, their marriage seemed exciting. But although they had two children, David and Sarah, cracks began to show after just a few years, as the final episode of this twopart documentary reveals.
As Antony began to withdraw from royal duties, the pair led increasingly separate lives, with Margaret retreating to Mustique in the Caribbean every Winter.
But worse was to come when Lady Anne Glenconner and her husband, Colin, introduced Margaret to landscape gardener Roddy Llewellyn, who was 17 years her junior.
‘I remember Colin was driving, and Margaret and Roddy were sitting in the back,’ recalls Lady Glenconner. ‘They were more or less holding hands. I thought, “Heavens, what have we done?’’’
Press interest in Margaret’s Caribbean lifestyle and parties with rock stars intensified, with many members of the public believing her behaviour painted the Royal Family in a bad light.
Then, in 1976, newspapers published a picture of Margaret and Roddy together, forcing her to acknowledge her marriage was over. She was divorced two years later and died in 2002.
But Lady Glenconner insists that the Queen was glad her sister had met Roddy.
‘I felt rather guilty having introduced them,’ she says. ‘But after Margaret’s funeral, the Queen said, “It was difficult at moments, but I thank you so much for introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy because he made her really happy.”’
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