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New Letters by Princess Margaret Reveal Love for Her "Heavenly Nephew" Prince Charles

Plus, they detail that time she performed the Can-Can for the Queen Mother.
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  • Ten letters Princess Margaret wrote when she was 19 have been revealed to the public.
  • The correspondence mentions her love for her nephew, Prince Charles, and offers a peek at her lifestyle as a socialite.

    A young Princess Margaret's letters to her close friend, American socialite Sharman Douglas, have been unearthed. Detailing the royal's partying, misadventures, and love for her family, the correspondence provides a candid picture of Margaret's life between 1949 and 1950.

    In one of the ten letters, Margaret refers to toddler Prince Charles as "heavenly," and hopes that Douglas could meet him. "In that last fleeting moment in the 400 [Club in Leicester Square] you said you'd like to come and see my heavenly nephew," she wrote, per the Daily Mail. "I don't know quite when you stop work but... I would adore to show him to you." (See the letters here.)


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    Princess Margaret, wearing an eighteenth-century ballgown at the Georgian Ball in 1964.

    The princess often mentions social events, which sound just as riotous as those depicted in The Crown. "Thank you a thousand times for your magnificent ball last night," she wrote to Douglas. "I was feeling so over-excited by the time our Can-Can was due that I could hardly breathe."

    It seems the Queen Mother was entertained by Margaret's antics, at least in this case. "Mummie came in to my room and I was so ecstatic about the whole thing that I had to dress up and do the whole thing for her!" the letter reads.


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    Princess Margaret circa 1950

    In another note, Margaret describes meeting American celebrities Danny Kaye and Robert Montgomery at a party—and apparently singing to them. "I woke up this morning and thought with horror how I could have been brave enough to have sung in front of all these frightfully professional people!"

    "With a slight shudder I remembered how I'd sung every song and grew more and more nauseous as my recollections off the evening grew clearer! The only solace was the memory of Robert Montgomery rolling o the soap kicking his legs in the air!" We've all been there, Margaret.

    The letters go up for auction at Ewbanks of Surrey on March 22.

    *This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

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

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