Princess Margaret burnt Princess Diana's letters to Queen Elizabeth to 'protect' royal family

Shortly after Diana and Charles separated, Margaret went through the Queen's documents in 1993 and burned thousands of letters sent to the Queen and the Queen Mother


                            Princess Margaret burnt Princess Diana's letters to Queen Elizabeth to 'protect' royal family

Princess Margaret was very protective of her royal lineage, and went to great lengths to protect her mother, sister and other members of the royal family. According to royal biographer William Shawcross, she went to the extent of even destroying letters that the late Princess Diana sent to both Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, the Queen Mother, because they were "highly personal."

The Express reports that Shawcross claims that Margaret informed a friend that she had ordered for large bin bags of personal letters to be destroyed because they were very personal in nature.

Shortly after Diana and Prince Charles separated, Margaret went through the Queen's documents in 1993 and burned thousands of letters to protect the royal family from any further humiliation, which she perceived Diana had brought on the family with her affairs and interviews.

"Princess Margaret was engaged on one of her periodic 'sortings' of her mother's papers," he said. "On the Princesses' orders, large black bags of paper were taken away for destruction rather than their ultimate consignment to the Royal archives," he added.

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930 - 2002) arrives in England after her tour of Canada, 12th August 1958. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930 - 2002) arrives in England after her tour of Canada, 12th August 1958. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

According to Shawcross, due to the burning, there is no record of the contents of the letters.

However, Princess Margaret later revealed to Lady Penn who was related by marriage to Queen Elizabeth's private secretary, Sir Arthur Penn, the letters destroyed were from the Queen Mother to Diana.

Shawcross said, "No doubt Princess Margaret felt that she was protecting her mother and other members of the family. It was understandable, although regrettable from a historical viewpoint."

Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) at Westminster Abbey, London, for a centenary service for the Royal College Of Music, 28th February 1982. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Prince Charles and the Princess of Wales (1961 - 1997, later Diana, Princess of Wales) at Westminster Abbey, London, for a centenary service for the Royal College Of Music, 28th February 1982. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Unearthed letters have found that Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, took his daughter-in-law's side when Diana and Charles' relationship fell apart.

Allegedly, in a letter written in 1992 after the couple's separation, Philip expressed to Diana how both him and the Queen were extremely disapproving of his son's love life. It is claimed he wrote: "Charles was silly to risk everything with Camilla for a man in his position. We never dreamed he might feel like leaving you for her. I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind leaving you for Camilla. Such a prospect never even entered our heads. "It was signed off with "with fondest love, Pa."

Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017 in Chichester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II is seen at the Chichester Theatre while visiting West Sussex on November 30, 2017 in Chichester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

While Prince Philip was supportive of Diana, Princess Margaret always seemed to have a hostile relationship with her.

According to IB Times, in BBC's documentary 'Princess Margaret: The Royal Rebel,' her unauthorized biographer Craig Brown discussed how Princess Margaret disapproved Princess Diana's interviews about her marriage with Prince Charles.

"She was always very, very cross with people like Diana or Fergie who got into scandals and so she would never have done a secret interview with Panorama or anything like that," Brown said.