Princess Margaret made a cheeky comment to the Queen while she was recovering from a stroke, a former lady-in-waiting has claimed.
Lady Anne Glenconner – who has been close to Margaret since 1971 – appears in the upcoming ITVX documentary The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor.
During the documentary, the socialite, who is 90, opened up about the last years of Princess Margaret’s life.
In 1998, the late Queen suffered her first stroke, and proceeded to suffer three more before her death at the age of 71 in 2002.
During this period of illness, Lady Anne spent a great deal of time with Princess Margaret in her apartment at Kensington Palace.
Princess Margaret rudely told her sister to shut up while she was recovering from a stroke and listening to The Archers, former lady-in-waiting alleged
In the upcoming show, which will be available for broadcast from 20 April, Lady Anne recalls an occasion when the Queen came to visit her sister in the four years she was ill.
She explained: ‘I’ve been with Princess Margaret and so I went into the drawing room and heard the Queen come upstairs to the bedroom.
About two minutes later, I heard these footsteps coming down the stairs.
As Her Majesty the Queen had just arrived, Lady Anne was shocked to see that she was leaving so soon and asked her if there was anything wrong.
And she continued: (The Queen) said: Yes, there is (…)
“Margaret listens to The Archers and every time I say something, she just says ‘Shut up! ‘” ”
Urging the Queen not to leave so soon, Lady Anne then went back upstairs and reminded Margaret that her sister had taken time out of her very busy schedule to be there.
After turning off the radio, he remembered the talking aristocrat Her: “The Queen had but a short time.”
Lady Anne Glenconner was Princess Anne’s lady-in-waiting from 1971 until her death at the age of 71 in 2002.
An undated portrait of Lady Anne Glenconner and Princess Margaret during their 30 years as the Queen’s lady-in-waiting
Then she proceeded to pour a cup of tea for the Queen and Princess Margaret and left the sisters to catch up.
Besides serving as a lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret for over thirty years, Lady Anne was also one of the Queen’s maids of honor at her coronation in 1953.
Earlier this year, Lady Anne said she was “plagued with anger” after watching The Crown.
Talking to Oldie Magazineadmitted she could not believe the ‘somewhat shocking’ photo of the late princess, having previously invited Helena Bonham Carter to tea to advise the actress, 56, on the antics of the royal family.
The lady-in-waiting reveals that she was very cross-eyed over portraying both Princess Margaret and herself (played by Nancy Carroll), and confronted Helena to express her displeasure with the third series.
Dame Anne Glenconner (second from left) with the other five maids of honor at the Queen’s Coronation in 1953
I saw Helena Bonham Carter – she came to tea – on the representation of Princess Margaret: how she spoke and pleased. I said I’ve never seen her run.”
After seeing Helena in The Crown, I was very disappointed with the shoot and told her, ‘It was kind of awful, wasn’t it? She said she had no choice but to do as she was told.
Lady Anne added that the production “could not afford to film The Crown at Glen” (her family’s ancestral home).
She says: ‘When they filmed Princess Margaret first meeting Roddy Llewellyn, we were sitting by a pool in what looked like a ghastly country club, they had me pimps for it, with both of us in bikinis – Princess Margaret never wore a bikini. very cheap.
“They really should put a disclaimer at the beginning of The Crown, saying it’s not true.”
The Real Crown: Inside the House of Windsor is available to stream exclusively on ITVX from Thursday 20 April