Princess Margaret hated Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson because of their scandalous sex lives

Queen Elizabeth's sister took her displeasure with Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson to her grave on February 9, 2002


                            Princess Margaret hated Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson because of their scandalous sex lives

The British royal family is no stranger to rifts and feuds, and over the years multiple reports have surfaced of different members of the family being at loggerheads with each other. But, to the surprise of many, Princess Margaret it seems was also involved in one such feud, or two to be exact.

The sister of Queen Elizabeth II had a strong dislike for Princess Diana and Sarah Ferguson, reports CheatSheet. In fact, Margaret, the Countess of Snowden, went as far as cutting the two women out of her life and never made any amends with them. 

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)

Things between Margaret and Diana were not always hostile, but that changed after the People's Princess separated from her husband Prince Charles. After Diana and Charles separated, she began to give several interviews about their marriage and affairs, including intimate details.

Royal biographer Craig Brown confirmed that Princess Margaret's feelings towards Diana changed after she began to air the family's dirty laundry in public. In Brown's book 'Ma’am Darling: Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret', it is mentioned that Margaret decided to completely cut Diana out of her life after the Princess of Wales gave a controversial interview in 1995 in which she said, “There were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

The royal biographer also claimed that Margaret referred to Diana as the 'wretched girl' and she would tell friends that “Poor Lilibet (Queen Elizabeth II) and Charles have done everything they can to get rid of the wretched girl, but she just won’t go.”

Her feelings towards Princess Diana didn't change even after her death in a crash in Paris in 1997. She considered the public's outcry over her death rather "hysterical."

Her reasons for disliking Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York were similar. Fergie's name was constantly splashed across tabloids owing to her lifestyle. Her inability to stay away from scandals made Her Majesty's sister greatly dislike her. Ferguson did extend an olive branch to Margaret by sending her a bouquet of flowers, but she refused to forgive her.

Royal Journalist Judy Wade recounted in a documentary about Ferguson that when she had sent the flowers with a note, Princess Margaret responded saying, "How dare you send me flowers, have you ever considered what damage you have done to the royal family?"

Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Sarah, Duchess of York arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Gareth Fuller - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Fergie didn't just feud with Princess Margaret, she also had a complicated relationship with her former father-in-law Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh disliked Fergie for the same reasons as Margaret did. During Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding, Fergie was only welcome at the church ceremony. She was not invited to the royal reception afterwards, the reason for this reportedly being that Prince Philip could not stand to be with her in the same room.