Margaret had a brief affair with Robin Douglas-Home, the nephew of a former British PM. When people questioned her about it, she insisted their relationship was platonic — a lie that came back to bite her.
Somehow, her love letters to him became public, revealing her lies. The couple broke up eventually. But Douglas-Home took it hard. 18 months after they broke up, the deeply-depressed man died, presumably by his own hand.
A “Heartless” Princess
Princess Margaret’s acerbic wit was legendary. While some people saw a cruel woman, others might argue that she was projecting – her bitter jibes, a reflection of her overwhelming personal struggles. Once while at a party in New York, a guest reportedly asked the princess how the Queen was doing.
Margaret sniped back by asking, “Which one?” Her sister, her mother, or her husband? Ouch. Princess Margaret’s sarcasm would only grow sharper over the years.
She Felt Betrayed by Her Family
It takes two to break a marriage. While Princess Margaret was most certainly at fault, her husband seemingly had it easy. Most people focused on the princess’s transgressions despite his evident ill-treatment of her. Sadly, her family felt the same way.
When Margaret came to them with her problems, they often dismissed it as typical Margaret drama. It had to be her fault. The princess did not have a support system, which further fuelled her stress and anxiety.
Princess Margaret’s Health Deteriorates
In 1993, Princess Margaret was hospitalized with pneumonia and suffered a stroke while on an escape in Mustique in 1998. The following year, she scalded her feet in a bathtub, which restricted her mobility. The British public had always known a vibrant Princess Margaret. But she was now in a wheelchair and needed walking support to get around.
In 2001, she suffered another stroke that affected her vision and paralyzed the left side of her body. She was last seen in public at the Duchess of Gloucester’s 100th birthday celebrations in December 2001.
Princess Margaret Dies
On February 9, 2002, Princess Margaret's life ended. She had lived an exciting, full life — more than many royals combined. Still, it was also a life fraught with loneliness and never feeling worthy enough.
Princess Margaret's legacy endures, nonetheless – the ultimate royal rebel who followed her heart with no qualms or fear. Margaret set the stage for what the monarchy in the modern world ought to be.