The Queen’s younger sister wed photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones on May 6, 1960, in what seemed like a fairy tale marriage at the time. They first met at a private dinner party in 1958, hosted by Lady Elizabeth Cavendish, the Princess’s lady-in-waiting. Romance blossomed a few months later, after Anthony was invited to take a photograph of Margaret by her friends.
Their marriage appeared at first to be one made in heaven, with a friend telling the writer Anne de Courcy “they could hardly keep their hands off each other.”
But clashes of personality and extra-marital affairs soon put strains on the marriage which eventually led to their divorce in July 1978.
The failure of her marriage was something that deeply troubled Princess Margaret, according to Andrew Morton, author of ‘Elizabeth & Margaret: The Intimate World of the Windsor Sisters.’
In an interview on Fox News, he said: “It was incredibly difficult for Margaret.
“She was a deeply Christian woman who had her own desires that often conflicted with her faith. And she struggled.
“She desperately wanted the marriage to work, but there were too many challenges.”
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Their affair became common knowledge, when photographs showing them together on the Caribbean island of Mustique entered the public domain.
Lord Snowdon used the shots as an excuse to push for a separation.
The couple are survived by their two children, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.
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