Queen Elizabeth II gave her blessing to Princess Margaret's illicit affair with landscape gardener
In the seventies, Princess Margaret had an extra-marital affair with Roddy Llewellyn, a landscape gardener who was introduced through a common friend. Unbeknownst to most, the Queen approved of her sister's illicit affair.
Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden's 18-year-marriage was a matter of interest for the British people. Her decision to marry a photographer was considered very modern and since Margaret was a favourite of the nation, the couple's every move piqued the nation's curiosity.
Queen Elizabeth II's younger sister was like the late Princess Diana in the 60s and the 70s, and just like Prince Charles' marriage, his aunt's too had an unhappy ending.
Her marriage to Anthony Armstrong-Jones, who assumed the title Lord Snowden after their wedding, was rocked by scandals. There were plenty of extra-marital affairs but one relationship finally ended their marriage in 1978. Princess Margaret's intimate pictures with landscape gardener Robert Llewellyn on a holiday in Mustique in 1976 threw a dent in her marriage with Lord Snowden. According to Daily Mail, Margaret and her husband separated a month later.
To be sure, those were tough times for the Palace. A royal divorce was rare and the public couldn't conceive the idea of the Windsor family indulging in extra-marital affairs. While the British people were shocked that Margaret was to be legally divorced, her elder sister, the Queen was privately happy. According to a new Channel 5 documentary titled 'Elizabeth: Our Queen,' the monarch approved of Margaret's extra-marital affair simply because it made her happy.
The documentary, scheduled to air on Tuesday, February 27, interviewed Lady Anne Glenconner who introduced Margaret to Robert or Roddy as he was known then. Lady Anne revealed that she always felt guilty for introducing Margaret to Roddy, who was only 25 at the time their affair took place. The Queen's younger sister was 43 and was a mother of two.
It's not known when Margaret and Roddy ended their affair but various account claim that it took place for most of the seventies. The Queen, who didn't comment on the affair, privately thanked Lady Anne at Margaret's funeral in 2002 for introducing the two.
She said in the documentary, "After Princess Margaret’s funeral, the Queen, she said, "I’d just like to say Anne, it was rather difficult at moments, but I thank you so much introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy "cause he made her really happy."
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