Princess Margaret A Life Unfullfilled Author:Nigel Dempster "With her bredding, wit, and unusual beauty, Margaret attracted the attentions of the blue-blooded blades of her generation," writes Nigel Dempster of the radiant Princess in the years imediately following World War II. He relates how by night she would roister in London's West End with aristocratic young men - the so-called Margaret Set; by da... more »y she began to seek the companionship of RAF hero Peter Townsend, a memeber of the Palace staff whose marriage was already coming apart. Margaret's charm was hard to resist. She and Townsend fell in love, but the fact that he was divorced created such an outcry that she was forced to renounce him.
Dempster narrates how, by 1956, Margaret began seeing society photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, whose activities at his Pimlico Road studio were causing raised eyebrows. They married in 1960. An old friend says, "What he had in common with Margaret could be put in three words - sex, sex, sex." What followed for the newlyweds were some dozen years of jet-set life among the glitterati, public appearances and private infidelities, and eventually boredom.
Dempster reveals that during the lengthy separation before their divorce, Armstrong-Jones-now Lord Snowden-courted several young wormen, while Margaret took up with Roddy Llewellyn, a socially connected youth some seventeen years her junior. Their romance, which lasted most of the 1970s, was unlikely, madcap, and unrestrained. Now Margaret, in her early fifties, is alone once more: Townsend, Snowden, Llewellyn-they have gone. Yet her friends feel she will meet another man, and soon. "This time she wants to live happily ever after," says one confidante, "just like Princesses are meant to." After reading this candid, sympathetic portrayal of the least-understood member of the Royal Family, you too will wish the Princess well.« less