Queen Mother 'clashed with Margaret over royalty' says expert
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Princess Margaret used to exploit the “big chip on [her mother’s] shoulder” during arguments, according to royal commentators. The “rows” between the two women were discussed as part of a new Channel 5 documentary about the Queen Mother. Her reluctance for the then Princess Elizabeth to become involved with Prince Philip was analysed.
Lady Colin Campbell told viewers: “[The Queen Mother] had a big chip on her shoulder about not having been born royal.
“Princess Margaret even used to throw that back in her face whenever they had rows.
“She pointed out to her that for all her airs and graces, she was not royal and would never be.
“That was really rather mean of Princess Margaret.”
She continued: “But that’s the reason Elizabeth did not want her daughter to marry Philip.
“She did not want a son-in-law who she felt was royal and might be looking down upon her.”
Philip had been born into the Greek and Danish royal families.
However, his family was exiled from Greece when he was eighteen months old.
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Mr Kerr added: “But they didn’t want her to marry too quickly.
“They wanted her to wait and go on the tour of South Africa.”
According to the documentary, the Queen Mother needed to “put distance” between her daughter and Prince Philip.
A three-month tour abroad served as “the perfect opportunity” to put the young couple’s relationship to the test.
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Despite best efforts, the ploy failed and the romance continued to blossom.
Eventually, in the summer of 1946, Philip asked the King for his daughter’s hand in marriage.
The King granted his request, provided that any formal engagement be delayed until Elizabeth’s 21st birthday the following April.
The engagement was announced to the public on July 10, 1947.
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