Veteran commentator Henry Blofeld claims his ‘most embarrassing moment’ was when Princess Margaret gave him a ‘dressing-down’ for asking her a question and not waiting until he was ‘spoken to’ 

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  • Henry Blofeld, 82, recalls meeting Princess Margaret in the 1970s
  • The commentator said that the Prime Minister of Barbados was having a meal with Errol Barrow.
  • The claimed royal told her that he should more or less ‘wait until she’s spoken to’

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Veteran commentator Henry Blofeld has described how his ‘most embarrassing moment’ was when Princess Margaret gave him ‘dressing down’.

The 82-year-old cricket commentator recalled how his meeting with the Queen’s sister in the 1970s was his worst celebrity encounter ever.

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He claimed, ‘We were having a meal with the Prime Minister of Barbados, Errol Barrow’ Wire. ‘I only said that her husband was in the same house as my brother in school and they were almost the same age.’

He continued: ‘He told me, more or less, that I should wait until I was spoken to. You don’t ask royalty questions; They talk to you and you answer them. He then gave me the dressing-down. It was a very embarrassing moment.

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Veteran commentator Henry Blofeld has described how his ‘most embarrassing moment’ was when Princess Margaret (pictured, Princess Margaret in London) gave him ‘dressing down’.

The Queen presenting the Dundee Cake to members of Radio Four's Test Match Special Commentary Team (L to R) Peter Baxter, Henry Blofeld and Christopher Martin-Jenkins at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 19, 2001

The Queen presenting the Dundee Cake to members of Radio Four’s Test Match Special Commentary Team (L to R) Peter Baxter, Henry Blofeld and Christopher Martin-Jenkins at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 19, 2001

It comes a day after Princess Margaret’s artist friend Derek Bossier claimed the royal’s behavior may have been ‘very unpredictable’.

A student and friend of David Hockney, the Portsmouth-born painter Boshier, 84, befriended the royal through her photographer husband, Antony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon.

in an interview with WireThe royal’s mood can be fickle, and the royal can be ‘friendly with you one second but cold the next,’ Boshier claimed.

He recalled an evening in the 1960s after attending a party hosted by Margaret and her husband at Kensington Palace in the early 1960s, which claimed the gathering ended in the vicinity of a marijuana joint.

Princess Margaret's behavior may have been 'very unpredictable', her artist friend Derek Boshier has claimed.  She is pictured with her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones in London, 1960

Princess Margaret’s behavior may have been ‘very unpredictable’, her artist friend Derek Boshier has claimed. She is pictured with her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones in London, 1960

‘Those were good times’, the artist told the publication from his California home.

The pair met through the Earl of Snowdon, an acclaimed photographer known for his six-decade association with Vogue and the images of his most famous work he captured on the royal household.

The photographer was married to Princess Margaret until 1978, when he divorced, but their royal ties allowed him to capture a never-before-seen side of the royal families.

Her unprecedented access to the family has seen her produce famous photographs as Diana and Charles following the birth of their son, Prince William.

Other triumphs include flashy photos of the Queen Mother before her death in 2002, the engagement announcement of Charles and Diana, and the christening of Prince Harry.

Princess Margaret was known as a rebel of the royal family, as well as her love of alcohol, cigarettes and partying, and a recent documentary explored the Countess’s taste for ‘mischievousness’ and disdain for royal life.

Windsor’s personal life, which aired last year, claims that being born second, Margaret, has been slain by her parents more than her older sister and future queen, Princess Elizabeth Was.

Princess Margaret was known as a rebel of the royal family, as well as her love of alcohol, cigarettes and partying, and a recent documentary explored the Countess's taste for 'mischievousness' and disdain for royal life.  pictured in 1949, aged 19

Princess Margaret was known as a rebel of the royal family, as well as her love of alcohol, cigarettes and partying, and a recent documentary explored the Countess’s taste for ‘mischievousness’ and disdain for royal life. pictured in 1949, aged 19

Royal historian and biographer Dr Piers Brendan explained that George VI was in love with Margaret’s ‘naughty’ and hardly reprimanded her, feeding into her taste for mischief.

“He indulged her, he was devoted to her, she was absurdly spoiled as a girl,” she said. ‘It wasn’t a healthy relationship at all, I think he was too gracious towards her.’

Professor Jane Ridley, a royal historian and biographer, said that her father’s indulgence meant that ‘he never really learned limits in the way that Elizabeth certainly learned limits.’

After George VI became king following the abdication of King Edward III, who relinquished his royal duties to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, Princess Elizabeth became heir to the throne, and Margaret became extra.

The documentary tells that the Queen Mother raised her youngest daughter to be a ‘budding’ and was as accomplished and feminine as would be expected of women of her age in the late 1940s.

However, subduing the free-spirit Margaret was no easy task, as historian Fern Riedel explained. He cited an example in which George VI and the Queen Mother were entertaining a Scottish minister over tea at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen Mother asked Margaret to sing some songs, and the then 19-year-old princess chose the musical “I’m just a girl who can’t say no” from Oklahoma.

‘[It] Well known for the fact that it is very mischievous. And she reads this song in a shocked and astonished silence. As long as the king roars with laughter,’ said Riedel.

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