The Reality of Monarchy author Andrew Duncan recently opened up about what Princess Margaret really thought of her sister before her tragic death in 2002.
Speaking to the Radio Times, he revealed some of her comments she had revealed to him back in the 1960s, in one of the very few and final occasions she spoke candidly about the Queen.
According to Andrew, she said: “My sister has an aura.
“I’m enormously impressed when she walks into a room. It’s a kind of magic.”
Margaret also told the author she would often try to relieve some of the pressure from her majesty.
She said: “In my own humble way I’ve always tried to take some of the burden off my sister.”
She continued: “She can’t do it all… and I leap at the opportunity to help.
“Sometimes it can be very formal and boring, but I’ve got a reflex against that now.
“It’s very much up to one not to be bored.”
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Her obituary in the New York Times read: “Attractive and fun-loving, Princess Margaret earned a reputation in her youth as a free spirit.
“But her 20s were clouded by an unlucky romance with Group Capt. Peter Townsend of the Royal Air Force, a Battle of Britain hero with whom she fell in love when he served as an equerry to her father, King George VI.”
Her tumultuous love life is still remembered today, and has been portrayed in Netflix’s The Crown series – rekindling public interest in the princess, who was known for her glamorous lifestyle and whip-smart tongue.
Princess Margaret was so outspoken about her thoughts to the point where she was even considered to be rude at times, 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 figur.
The Princess was known to 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.”