A close friend of Princess Margaret has revealed how the Queen thanked her for introducing her late sister to the man who was deemed responsible for the break-down of her marriage.
Speaking in a new documentary, Lady Anne Glenconner reveals she was approached by the Queen after Princess Margaret’s funeral – and that the monarch thanked her for introducing her sister to Roddy Llewellyn because he made her ‘really happy’.
Margaret and Llewellyn famously hit the headlines in 1976 after they were photographed holidaying on the island of Mustique together – Margaret’s marriage to Lord Snowdon ended just a month later.
Princess Margaret’s long-time friend Lady Anne Glenconner reveals that the Queen thanked her for introducing Princess Margaret to her lover Roddy Llewellyn – because the lengthy romance that broke up her marriage made Margaret ‘really happy’
Landscape gardener Roddy Llewellyn met Princess Margaret when he was just 25 and she was a 43-year-old mother of two
The affair broke up Margaret’s marriage to Lord Snowdon, with whom Margaret had two children
The paparazzi photos of Margaret and Llewellyn sparked a media frenzy after the pair were spotted on holiday in Mustique
While an unlikely partnership, the relationship lasted for several years. Llewellyn went on to marry and have three children with Tatiana Soskin
Landscape gardener Llewellyn went on to enjoy a passionate five-year affair with Margaret during the Seventies.
Llewellyn was just 25 when he fell in love with princess Margaret, who was then 43 and a mother of two children.
She married Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon in 1960 and the couple divorced in 1978.
Speaking in the documentary Elizabeth: Our Queen, which airs on Channel 5 tonight, Lady Anne Glenconner makes the admission about her conversation with the Queen.
She says: ‘It was difficult for the Queen and I felt rather guilty always having introduced Roddy to Princess Margaret.’
The Queen and Princess Margaret pictured as young women before their respective marriages
Margaret’s funeral in 2002 sparked the conversation between Lady Anne Glenconner and the Queen, claims the new eight-part documentary
Lady Anne Glenconner then reveals how the conversation, which appeared to show the Queen’s approval of her sister’s rumoured affair with Llewellyn, took place at Margaret’s funeral in 2002.
She explains: ‘After Princess Margaret’s funeral, the Queen, she said, “I’d just like to say Anne, it was rather difficult at moments, but I thank you so much introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy “cause he made her really happy”‘.
The eight-part series, Elizabeth: Our Queen, airs tonight on Channel 5