Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret did not receive a proper education before their father became King. They occasionally learned writing, reading, and mathematics. Anything beyond the basics was deemed unnecessary for women at the time – even in aristocratic families. After Elizabeth became heir apparent, she received a well-rounded education to prepare for her eventual ascension to the throne.
Her sister did not enjoy the same privileges. It seemed her title was not deserving of similar education. The feeling of exclusion would trouble Princess Margaret for the rest of her life.
She Remained Out of the Public Eye as a Child
According to a new biography, there were many rumors about Princess Margaret as a child. Her family kept her out of the public eye for a long time. With the spotlight on her sister, Elizabeth, Margaret was almost invisible. Despite being bright for her age, many people believed she was “deaf and dumb.”
The young princess had no trouble revealing her true self during her first public appearance at her uncle Prince George’s wedding in 1934. All rumors about her alleged “silence” were definitively laid to rest.
Life as Princess Margaret
Margaret was six when she became a princess, and her life effectively changed forever. But all eyes were on her older sister, Princess Elizabeth, the heir apparent to the throne. Princess Margaret, on the other hand? Her duty was to the crown and country, albeit in the shadows.
While Princess Elizabeth received grooming to become the future Queen of England, her younger sister needed to fulfill her duties in the background. ‘Quiet’ was not how Princess Margaret did things, as the world would soon discover.
Her Father Indulged Her
Even though she did not enjoy many of her sister's privileges, Margaret was still second in line to the throne. She was a princess, and she knew it. Her father, King George, often referred to Elizabeth as his “pride.” But Margaret? She was his “joy.”
Margaret could do no wrong in her father’s eyes. However, people in the British court called her a spoiled brat and worried she was growing up into a very willful woman.
Margaret Was More Like Her Mother
Although she resented her mother for not educating her, Margaret shared more traits with her than she realized. Some say she may have inherited her mother’s stubbornness. When World War II broke out, there was grave concern about the royal family’s safety.
Many groups pressured the family to relocate to Canada, but the Queen was adamant. She retorted that she, the King, or their children would never leave.