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Moment Princess Margaret told Queen to 'shush' in tense row exposed by Lady Glenconner


Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine Kelly on Thursday, the author of Lady in Waiting claimed to have been in Princess Margaret’s palace one evening when she was sick and to have found the Queen in distress after she had an argument with her sister. Lady Glenconner claimed to have asked the Queen if she was alright only to find out her sister, Princess Margaret, had told her to “shush” while listening to the radio. 

She said: “Princess Margaret was in bed and the Queen came and I waited in the drawing room.

“Quite soon I could hear the Queen coming downstairs, so I went up and said ‘everything alright, mam?’

“And she said ‘No, it isn’t actually because Princess Margaret is listening to the Archers and every time I say something she just says shush’.

“So I went up and we turned the wireless off and they both had a cup of tea.

“So it all ended alright.”

Born Anne Veronica Coke, Lady Glenconner was the daughter of Thomas Coke, 5th Earl of Leicester, and the grand-daughter of Viscount Coke and Charles Yorke, 8th Earl of Hardwicke.

She grew up living next to the Queen and Princess Margaret at Holkham Hall, which neighboured Sandringham.

She enjoyed a close friendship with Princess Margaret and served as the Queen’s sister’s extra lady-in-waiting from 1971 until her death in 2002.

These days, Lady Glenconner enjoys a close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Her late husband Colin Tennant bought private island Mustique in 1945.

In an interview last October, she revealed how the Cambridges love holidaying on the island as it affords them a high degree of privacy.

And she told of how Prince George, six, and Princess Charlotte, five, had a ball swimming with turtles in the waters around her Caribbean island.

She said: “They said how much they enjoyed Mustique because it’s so private.

“We’ve got turtles now and evidently George and Charlotte loved it.”


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