Princess Margaret was 'furious' that Prince Michael was allowed to marry divorcee


The late royal figure will be the star of a documentary on Channel 5 next Saturday 9 October and excerpts of the film have already been shared. In “The Controversial Princess”, a royal expert notably says both Princess Margaret and her niece Princess Anne were quite cold towards the Princess Michael of Kent.

Speaking of Prince Michael’s marriage to Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz in the late 1970s, Viscountess Hinchingbrooke said: “You can imagine this did not go down well with Princess Margaret, who was told by her own sister, Queen Elizabeth, that she couldn’t marry a divorcee.

“In fact, she was said to be furious.”

Princess Margaret, before making a U-turn, wished to marry a divorced man, Peter Townsend, with whom she was romantically involved.

Mr Townsend was a British Royal Air Force officer who had been married from 1941 to 1952.

At the time, it was impossible to remarry in the Church of England if the former spouse was still alive.

Princess Margaret’s demand to be able to be married sparked controversy in the royal family and the UK government as well.

Sir Anthony Eden’s government threatened to strip the Princess of royal privileges if she insisted on the union.

One can imagine why Margaret was angry at her cousin Prince Michael for being able to do exactly what she could not.

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Although Margaret was ‘furious’ and Princess Anne nicknamed Marie Christine “Princess Pushy”, the Queen’s sister did not fight more to marry her divorced partner as shown in the documentary.

Royal author Penny Junor notably said: “I think this throws a whole new light on the affair.

“We’ve always believed that she didn’t marry Townsend because she was prevented by the Government, by the Church of England and by her sister.

“But this very much suggests that she didn’t love him enough.”

According to historian Kate Williams, the documents show “how hard the Queen tries for Margaret.”

“It gives us a different view of the Queen as someone who did try to put her sister’s happiness as a top priority.”



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