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The Bizarre Reason a Journalist Once Broke Into Princess Margaret's Hotel Room

The public was "absolutely fascinated" with the Queen's sister.
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Undoubtedly spurred on by Vanessa Kirby's electrifying turn in The Crown, the fascination with Princess Margaret continues. A new BBC documentary has capitalized on this and the first part of Princess Margaret: Rebel Royal aired on Tuesday night, September 11.

During a segment which explored the Queen's sister's penchant for fashion, it was revealed that Margaret, who died in 2002, was considered such a style and beauty icon that the media went to extreme lengths to report on her coveted wardrobe.

According to Beatrice Behlen, the fashion curator and historian at the Museum of London, Margaret was "absolutely hounded" by the press and photographers on a trip to Italy at the age of 18.

"She became an icon," she said in the documentary. "... They broke into her hotel room to find out what nail varnish she was wearing."


The Queen, Princess Margaret and the Duke Of Edinburgh at Heathrow Airport in July 1953.

The tale was reported in the press at the time, as Hello! points out. In May, 1949 Life magazine told how former British paper The Sunday Dispatch (which later merged with The Daily Express) claimed a journalist from an Italian newspaper snuck into the princess' suite and discovered that the royal "was reading a book called Busman's Honeymoon, using Tweed perfume and Peggy Sage nail polish."

The cosmetic brand was founded by American Peggy Sage in 1925 and still exists today. Though currently not on sale in any U.K. stores, stock of the item remains in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland. Anyone still inspired by Princess Margaret's beauty regime can buy the products on Amazon in the United Kingdom. 

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In the documentary, Princess Margaret's visit to Paris aged 18 was also shown. The young royal visited the Christian Dior boutique and met with the illustrious designer, who was "absolutely fascinated" by Margaret.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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