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Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister, Princess Margaret, is well known for her brief yet colorful life. The rebellious royal engaged in a number of affairs, including a rumored rendezvous with Mick Jagger. Although her most well-known lover was Peter Townsend, whom she was forbidden from marrying due to his status as a divorcé, she also had another ill-fated affair.
In the swinging ’60s, Margaret fell for Robin Douglas-Home, a jazz pianist and author who was the cousin of Princess Diana’s father and nephew of Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home. The affair was kept secret for many years until 1994, when the News of the World (via The Herald) published letters that the lovers had sent each other. The pair, who were initially just good pals, began an intimate relationship in 1966; Margaret was married to Antony Armstrong-Jones, aka Lord Snowdon, at the time, while Douglas-Home was newly divorced.
After a passionate romance, Margaret reluctantly told Douglas-Home that she could no longer see him. In a heartbreaking goodbye letter, she wrote, ”Promise you will never give up, that you will go on encouraging me to make the marriage a success, and that given a good and safe chance, I will try and come back to you one day.” In the British documentary “Rebel Without a Crown” (via Express), royal biographer Anne De Courcy claimed that it was Margaret’s husband who forced her to break up with her lover. Tragically, Douglas-Home died by suicide eighteen months later. He was just 36.
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