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Princess Margaret was a renowned beauty in her day, glamorous girl-about-town as a young woman and member of a raffish, pleasure-bent jet-set. As a royal, she took things to the edge and came to be the despair of the more traditional members of the royal family. Poorly educated and extremely spoiled by her indulgent father, perhaps because of his own miserable childhood, she became both difficult and demanding; her friends were expected to accept her arrogant and often selfish behaviour, which included cutting public put-downs. Acutely aware of being ‘second best’, always in the shadow of her sister, Queen Elizabeth, she made sure she too was treated as a queen everywhere she went and woe betide those who failed in this respect.
I found this book hugely entertaining, my one criticism being that the several ‘what if’
scenarios were an unnecessary distraction from this riveting story.
I think this book would appeal to women, mainly, and especially to those who remember the press furor over her broken engagement and subsequent, fateful marriage.
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