Princess Margaret Was ‘Friendlier’ and More Approachable Than Queen Elizabeth, According to Their Childhood Friend

by Jeremy Spirogis
Princess Margaret

Princess Margaret lived an interesting life. She was a lot totally different from her sister, Queen Elizabeth II. The Countess of Snowdon made headlines for her wild methods which included heavy smoking, consuming, and partying with some A-list celebrities.

Royal followers don’t know as a lot about her childhood although because the highlight was on her extra after her sibling grew to become the monarch. But now, the princess’s previous friend is sharing what the variations have been in Margaret and Elizabeth’s personalities after they have been youthful.

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Were Princess Margaret and Queen Elizabeth shut?

Some royal followers have at all times believed that after Elizabeth grew to become the queen Margaret was jealous of her. However, the countess’s former lady-in-waiting, Lady Anne Glenconner, mentioned that was not the case. She insisted that Margaret “adored” her older sister and was very “supportive” of the queen all through her life. 

On the Royals podcast, commentator and writer Angela Mollard agreed and talked concerning the relationship and bond the ladies had. Mollard additionally revealed that lately the queen may be very shut along with her late sister’s solely daughter, Sarah Armstrong Jones, as she is among the queen’s favourite members of the family.

“Not many people know this, one of the queen’s favorite people in the royal family is Margaret’s daughter,” Mollard mentioned, including, “They’ve always had an incredibly close relationship. I think that’s a lovely thing, both for Sarah and for the queen to have this relationship with her sister’s daughter.”

(L) Princess Margaret, (R) Queen Elizabeth II(L) Princess Margaret, (R) Queen Elizabeth II
(L) Princess Margaret, (R) Then-Princess Elizabeth | Lisa Sheridan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

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Princess Margaret was ‘friendlier’ than her older sister

During World War II, Princess Margaret and then-Princess Elizabeth grew to become associates with Alathea Fitzalan Howard who would go to the siblings each time they stayed at Windsor fort.

Howard’s journal entries throughout her time with the princesses have been revealed in her guide titled The Windsor Diaries: A Childhood With The Princesses. Excerpts have been launched by the Daily Mail. In the entries, the royals’ childhood confidant referenced the princesses as “P.E.” for Elizabeth and “P.M.” for Margaret. Howard mentioned that Margaret was truly extra approachable and “friendlier” than her sibling.

“P.M. is more friendly and I nearly always go to her room to tidy, which to me is v. strange, but I know [P.E.] too well now to be hurt by it,” she wrote.

In one other entry, Howard mentioned of Elizabeth: “Her temperament is unsuited to forming strong attachments — no doubt this is a blessing in one of her position and she is wholly fitted for being a queen but I believe her sister will be quite different. I think, were it not for the difference in our ages, I could make a greater friend of [M], though I shall always be deeply devoted to P.E.”

 Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret
Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret | Tim Graham Photo Library by way of Getty Images

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Princess Margaret’s demise hit the queen arduous

Princess Margaret suffered from various well being points over time. She ended up having a collection of strokes and died following a large stroke on Feb. 9, 2002. She was 71. The palace launched a press release on the time which learn:

[Queen Elizabeth’s] beloved sister, Princess Margaret, died peacefully in her sleep this morning at 6.30 a.m. in The King Edward VII Hospital. Princess Margaret suffered an extra stroke yesterday afternoon. She developed cardiac issues in the course of the night time and was taken from Kensington Palace to The King Edward VII Hospital at 2.30 a.m. [Her children] Lord Linley and Lady Sarah have been along with her, and the queen was saved absolutely knowledgeable all through the night time.

The day of Margaret’s funeral proved to be significantly tough for the usually-reserved queen. She reacted and mourned the way in which many individuals do after they lose a cherished one and people available caught her weeping exterior the church whereas standing alongside Margaret’s son and daughter.

“I think it was the only time anyone ever saw the queen show her emotions in public,” household friend Reinaldo Herrera wrote in Vanity Fair. “Never explaining anything to the world — what she feels, or why she does what she does — is part of her greatness. But for a few minutes that day, as she stood by the steps of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, watching her sister’s coffin being borne away, her eyes betrayed her.”

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