Royal embarrassment: Princess Margaret’s ‘staggeringly rude’ comments exposed

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Princess Margaret was so outspoken about her thoughts to the point where she was at times considered to be rude, according to royal expert Jennie Bond. The Queen’s late sister established herself as one of the first celebrity members of the Royal Family and a rebellious figure who repeatedly caused the family some embarrassment because of her outspokenness. Recounting a meeting between Margaret and 1960s fashion star Twiggy, Ms Bond said the princess could at times “so rude it was staggering.”

Speaking to Channel 5 documentary ‘Princess Margaret: Rebel without a Crown’, the expert said: “She would say exactly what she thought.

“She was sitting next to Twiggy, the model, and she ignored her for about two hours and then turned to her and said, ‘who are you?’

“And she said, ‘Oh, my name is Leslie, ma’am, but most people know me as Twiggy.’ And Margaret turns and says, ‘how unfortunate’.”

Ms Bond added: “She was fantastically grand, fantastically snobbish.

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And she did tarnish the reputation of the Royal Family with her lifestyle, her broken marriage, bringing divorce into the fold.

“But that, too, has another side because she cleared the way for younger members of the Royal Family to get out of unhappy marriages.”

Princess Margaret’s exchange with Twiggy was not the only time the royal was reported to have caused some friction because of her brutal honesty.

But her conduct also had Margaret clash with some members of the celebrity set she began to frequent after meeting husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

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Royal author Craig Brown claimed in his book ‘Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret’ the royal had met his match in actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Mr Brown wrote: “After Richard Burton presented Taylor with the huge Krupp Diamond, Princess Margaret remarked to a friend that it was ‘the most vulgar thing I’ve ever seen.’

“Taylor heard of this slight. A while later, the two women met at a party. Taylor was wearing the diamond, and asked Margaret if she would like to try it on.

“Margaret slipped it on her finger. ‘Doesn’t look so vulgar now, does it?’ observed Taylor.”


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On another occasion, Princess Margaret was reported to have sparked the fury of singer Judy Garland after interrupting her dinner to request she sing.

Writer Theo Aronson wrote in his book ‘Princess Margaret: A Biography,’: “At a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Her Royal Highness sent a message across the room to say that she would like to hear Miss Garland sing.

“The singer was appalled, both by this trivializing of her talent and by the Princess’s lordly tone.

“‘Go and tell that nasty, rude little princess that we’ve known each other for long enough and gabbed in enough ladies’ rooms that she should skip the ho-hum royal routine and just pop over here and ask me herself,” said Garland.

“‘Tell her I’ll sing if she christens a ship first.'”

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