Princess Margaret was the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II.
In a BBC programme tonight the royal’s later years were revealed by experts and onlookers.
The Princess appeared to be keen on Travelling and attending parties – and one trip to the US saw her criticised by the media for the cost to the British public of the visit.
One friend spoke out about the royal’s partying days.
Lady Anne Glenconner, a friend and lady-in-waiting, said: “There was suddenly this explosion and anything went. People had parties with every type of person there. Drugs of course fuelled a lot of it.
“Not that I’m saying Princess Margaret took drugs, or I never did.”
When pressed on whether the princess did take drugs, Lady Anne said: “I don’t know. I honestly wouldn’t know. I mean, I shouldn’t think so.
“I rather doubt it because we all liked to drink.”
Christopher Warwick, author of several best-selling royal biographies, said of Margaret: “She wasn’t really the most maternal of women.”
He added Margaret and her husband had “no compunction about going off on holiday and leaving the children behind, very often they were left with the Queen.”
An American journalist revealed to makers of the BBC programme how Margaret and her husband Lord Snowden attended a party in Hollywood.
She said, “They were up ’til 3 am and there was lots of drinking,” adding the Princess was “slightly indisposed” for the rest of the trip.
Princess Margaret died on 9 February 2002 aged 71.
She was buried in the Royal Vault, St George’s Chapel on 9 April 2002.
Margaret married the future Lord Snowden, Antony Armstrong-Jones, at a party in 1958.
He proposed on in October 1959 with a stunning engagement ring that was designed to look like a rose.
Margaret’s nuptials began a tradition of royal weddings being broadcast on TV, and 300 million watched it.
They had two children, David, Viscount Linley, and Lady Sarah.
The couple divorced 18 years after their marriage in 1978.
The episode, which is part two in a two-part series, looks at Princess Margaret’s marriage to Lord Snowdon.
In another recent television programme Princess Margaret’s affair with Roddy Llewellyn was described by close friends of the late royal.
The story was revealed in Elizabeth: Our Queen on Channel 5.
It was particularly shocking to Lady Anne Glenconner, who along with her husband introduced the pair.
Source : EXPRESS