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[Code of Princess EX]What was Princess Diana’s relationship with Princess Margaret really like?

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  Princess Diana with Princess Margaret and Prince Charles in 1982

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  They were arguably the most glamorous members of the Royal Family of their respective generations: Princess Margaret was the petite beauty with Hollywood good looks who was known for her love of a good time, while Princess Diana was the leggy blonde Sloane who wouldn’t have looked out of place on a catwalk, both were courted by the A-list and counted celebrities amongst their inner circle of friends. So it is unsurprising that when they first met, there was a feeling between the two women that they were kindred spirits of a kind. Yet at the time of Diana’s death in 1997, things had undeniably – and famously – turned sour.

  

  

  Princess Diana, Prince Charles and Princess Margaret at the wedding of Nicholas Soames and Catherine Weatherall at St. Margaret’s Church in Westminster, 1981

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  Royal biographer Andrew Morton, whose 1994 bombshell book about Princess Diana led to fractures within the Firm, shared insights into the relationship between the two Princesses while promoting his most recent book, Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters. Speaking to People, he drew parallels between the two, saying: ‘Neither of them were hunting, shooting or fishing types. Margaret put her arm around Diana. She could see they were two metropolitan princesses.’

  Indeed, when Diana first married Charles in 1981, the couple moved into a flat at Kensington Palace, making them neighbours to Princess Margaret, by then divorced from her husband Lord Snowdon. Margaret is said to have taken the young royal under her wing, accompanying her to go shopping, or to the theatre, or just on social engagements. As Diana reportedly told Morton: ‘I’ve always adored Margo. I love her to bits, and she has been wonderful to me from day one.’

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  Princess Diana and Princess Margaret attending James Ogilvy and Julia Rawlinson Wedding at St. Mary The Virgin Church Saffron Walden, 1988

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  It was Princess Margaret who reportedly came to Diana’s aid when she was suffering under the weight of her royal role, and particularly the press attention that came with it, urging the Queen to give her a chance and to ‘cut her some slack’, according to Morton.

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  Understandably, following Diana and Charles’ bitter separation, there was sympathy on Margaret’s part, having undergone a similar thing with her ex-husband, Lord Snowdon. Yet her sympathy soon ran dry, particularly after Diana spoke to Martin Bashir in that now infamous Panorama interview. Revealing details of Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as her struggles in the Royal Family and her belief that Charles should not be King, it was considered an attack on the monarchy – and Margaret felt, on the Queen. As Morton explained to Town & Country, ‘She felt Diana let her sister down. She was the Praetorian guard of her sister.’ Margaret reportedly wrote Diana a ‘wounding and excoriating’ letter, writing that Diana had been ‘incapable of making even the smallest sacrifice’.

  

  

  Princess Diana with Prince Harry and Princess Margaret watching Trooping the Colour from the balcony of Buckingham Palace, 1988

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  In the years after the divorce and before Diana’s death, the once firm-friends were no longer on speaking terms. According to Morton, Margaret burned correspondence between Diana and the Queen Mother, and threw out all magazines with her on the cover. Margaret had not forgiven Diana for her perceived betrayal even by the time of her funeral in 1997, with Morton writing in Town & Country, ‘She never forgave Diana for what she saw as her betrayal of the royal family, not even in death.’

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