- Princess Margaret refused to talk to Princess Michael of Kent, claims expert
- He did not like the fact that Marie-Christine von Reibnitz was a Roman Catholic.
- Expert also claims she was ‘furious’ by the fact that she was a foreign divorcee
- Margaret, who died in 2002, could not marry divorced RAF ace Peter Townsend
A new documentary claims Princess Margaret refused to speak to Princess Michael of Kent after joining the royal family.
Viscountess Hitchingbrook, a royal commentator on Channel 5’s documentary The Controversial Princess, which aired Saturday, claimed that Margaret, who died in 2002, did not speak to her first cousin’s wife because she was a Roman Catholic.
Born Baroness Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, Princess Michael of Kent, now 76, tied the knot with Prince Michael in 1978 with the Queen’s blessing after announcing her first marriage to Thomas Trubridge.
Margaret was also reportedly ‘furious’ that a foreign-born divorcee was allowed to marry into the royal family, especially after she was barred from marrying divorced RAF officer Peter Townsend in 1953.
The documentary also claimed that the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, now 71, found Princess Michael of Kent difficult and coined her nickname ‘Princess Pussy’.
Princess Margaret, who died in 2002, refused to speak to Princess Michael of Kent because she was a Roman Catholic and divorced, a royal commentator claimed in a new royal documentary (Pictured: Princess in London 1990 Margaret)
Ironically, after forming a close friendship with a Catholic priest named Derek ‘Dazzle’ Jennings in 1981, Margaret herself flirted with Catholicism—though she never converted publicly.
Dazzle was a civil servant in the government’s Department of the Environment, who shocked his friends by quitting his job to take holy orders when he was still a student, after converting to Roman Catholicism for the first time at the age of 38. .
Speaking of Prince Michael’s marriage to Mary-Christine, Viscountess Hitchingbrook said: ‘You can imagine it did not go down well with Princess Margaret, who was told by her own sister Queen Elizabeth to marry the divorcee. Can’t
‘He was actually described as furious,’ she said.
Prince Michael of Kent, left, was allowed by the Queen to marry his wife, born Marie-Christine von Reibnitz, right, in a civil ceremony in 1978, in Vienna, and later in 1983 in London in a Roman Catholic ceremony.
Meanwhile, royal expert Bidisha Mamta claimed that Princess Anne, who was 28 when her mother’s cousin married Princess Michael, was the first to call her ‘Princess Pussy’.
Prince Michael of Kent was allowed to marry a wife of his choice in a civil ceremony in Vienna in 1978, only a month after the bride’s first marriage had ended.
She obtained permission to marry Pope John Paul II and performed a Roman Catholic ceremony at the Archbishop’s House on 29 June 1983.
In order to marry Mary Christine, Prince Michael, who was 15th in line for the throne at the time, renounced his right of succession, pursuant to The Act of Settlement 1701, which allowed members of the royal family to marry Roman Catholics. prevents doing.
He regained his rights of succession in 2013 under the Succession to the Crown Act 2013.
Both their children, Lord Frederick Windsor and Lady Gabriella Kingston, are members of the Church of England.
A quarter century ago, Princess Margaret’s desire to marry a divorced man caused itself a constitutional crisis, the biggest upset in the royal family since the crisis involving her uncle Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson.
Mary Christine, pictured in 1983, was already once married to English banker Thomas Trubridge before she tied the knot with Prince Michael of Kent.
Margaret and Peter Townsend became romantically involved after the death of King George VI in 1952.
Their desire to marry involved the Palace, the Church of England, public opinion and the government of Sir Anthony Eden, which threatened to strip the princess of royal privileges if she insisted on union.
However, a series of letters revealed that it was not the Queen who blocked the marriage, but Margaret herself who had cold feet.
The letter, part of a dossier of recently declassified government documents, was written to Prime Minister Eden, and featured in a Channel 4 documentary that aired in March.
First, dated 15 August 1955, Margaret herself admitted her doubts about the relationship with Eden.
25 years before Michel of Kent was allowed to marry Marie-Christine, Princess Margaret’s desire to marry an RAF officer and King-like Peter Townsend caused a constitutional crisis (a royal tour to South Africa in 1947 painted during)
He wrote, ‘I have no doubt that during this time – especially on my birthday – the press will fuel all kinds of speculation about the possibility of my marrying Group Captain Peter Townsend. ‘But it is only by looking at her that I feel that I can properly decide whether I can marry her or not.’
In a second letter two months later, Eden told Commonwealth leaders that ‘His Majesty would not want to stand in the way of her sister’s happiness’.
Royal writer Penny Junor said: ‘I think it sheds a new light on the matter. We have always assumed that she did not marry Townsend because she was prevented by the government, the Church of England and her sister. But it shows a lot that she didn’t love him enough.’
In fact, the documents even show ‘how hard the Queen worked for Margaret’, according to historian Kate Williams. “It gives us a different view of the Queen, who tried to put her sister’s happiness as a top priority,” she said.
During the Queen’s coronation on June 2, 1953, 22-year-old Margaret inadvertently confirmed her relationship with Britain’s former war RAF pilot, who was very similar to her late father.
After a party…