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Here's What Queen Elizabeth Really Thought of Her Sister's Extramarital Affairs

In the end, she just wanted Margaret to be happy.
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As it turns out, the Queen reportedly approved of one of Margaret's affairs. According to the Daily Mail, in a new documentary called Elizabeth: Our Queen, Lady Anne Glenconner reveals that Elizabeth II was in favor of Margaret's extra-marital relationship with Roddy Llewellyn, a landscaper 18 years the princess's junior.

Her Majesty shared her feelings with Glenconner, who served as one of the Queen's six maids of honor at the Coronation, at Princess Margaret's funeral in 2002. "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 [for] introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy ’cause he made her really happy,'" Glenconner reportedly shares in the film.


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Roddy Llewellyn swimming in Mustique with Princess Margaret in 1976.

Previously, Glenconner says she always felt bad about having introduced Margaret and Llewellyn, given the scandal their relationship caused. "It was difficult for the Queen and I felt rather guilty always having introduced Roddy to Princess Margaret," she says in the documentary.

Margaret made headlines in 1976 when she was photographed with Llewellyn in Mustique while she was still married to Snowdon. They went on to have a five-year affair during the '70s.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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