Princess Margaret heartbreak: Never forgave mother for ‘bone of contention’ with Elizabeth

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Christopher Warwick, Princess Margaret’s authorised biographer took part in the programme. He wrote Princess Margaret in 1983. Christopher, 78, was close to the royal an had many private conversations with her. He revealed details of one in tonight’s documentary, providing insight into the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her sister.

The expert revealed education was a major “bone of contention” between Margaret and her sister.

He said: “Princess Elizabeth immediately became heiress presumptive at 10 years old and it was felt that what she needed to be instructed in was constitutional history, European history, and the man who was chosen to do that was Sir Henry Martin, who was the vice provost at Eton College.”

At this stage in their lives the sisters had been educated together.

Now, the sisters were split up for their education because it was decided they’d taught different things. Margaret carried on learning piano and French, while Elizabeth was taught about the constitution.

The expert went on: “I was talking to (Margaret) about it on one occasion and she said ‘I don’t mind telling you it was a bone of contention’.

“And I said ‘Well, it was very short sighted wasn’t it because your grandfather King George V was the second son, your father King George VI was the second son, you were the second child but a heartbeat away from the throne Elizabeth inherited.

“‘Yes I know,’ she said, ‘It’s very short sighted.'”

Another expert said: “Margaret did resent her lack of education and she blamed her mother for it very much.

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“I don’t think she ever quite forgave her to be quite honest.”

The comments came to light in Elizabeth and Margaret: Love & Loyalty on Channel 5 tonight.

The documentary explored the sister’s relationships.

It charts their close childhood, into adulthood and the loves and rivalries that impacted them.

Princess Margaret has been iconic since her teenage years, known for her wit, her appetite for a party and her beauty.

She was a larger-than-life figure in the Royal Family and often caused some scandal among courtiers and members of the public.

Known as a royal rebel, she helped solidify this reputation with her wedding tiara.

While most royal wear their family tiara for their wedding, Princess Margaret had other ideas.

Margaret bought the Poltimore tiara, which perfectly complemented her trademark beehive hairdo, in 1959.

She bought it for £5,500 in 1958, which is the equivalent of £106,765 in 2019.

Margaret famously wore it in the bathtub for an intimate photograph taken by her husband.

The publishing of the photograph caused some scandal for the Royal Family at the time.

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