Queen Elizabeth 'always protected' her sister Princess Margaret despite media scrutiny, royal butler says

Former royal butler Paul Burrell insisted there was once no contention between Queen Elizabeth II and her more youthful sister Princess Margaret.

“They have been extraordinarily shut and would inform every different the rest,” the 61-year-old just lately informed Nearer Weekly for the mag’s newest factor, lately on newsstands.

“They have been raised as women of the similar technology, daughters of a king and really privileged,” he mentioned.

In keeping with Burrell, the British royals shared an unmistakable bond from youth. In Scotland, they’d incessantly pass to select wild strawberries and bilberries in combination, the opening famous. When they had sufficient, the ladies would run again to the palace with their treats.

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Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) at the Royal Lodge, Windsor, UK, 8th July 1946.

Princess Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret (1930 – 2002) on the Royal Resort, Windsor, UK, eighth July 1946.
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“Upon their go back to the citadel, Princess Margaret would insist that they be positioned at the tea desk, in order that they may speak about them,” Burrell mentioned. “They each liked the rustic.”

Burrell mentioned their friendship best become more potent, particularly all over tricky instances. Margaret left her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones in 1978, making her the primary member of the royal circle of relatives to get divorced in 400 years since King Henry VIII. In consequence, she was once confronted with fierce public scrutiny.

Nonetheless, Elizabeth was once decided to be by way of her facet.

“When Margaret’s marriage was once finishing, the queen embraced her,” Burrell mentioned. “Margaret would spend weekends at Windsor Fort in rooms as regards to the queen, which she had specifically embellished for her. The queen all the time safe her sister and I feel every now and then she needed she can have been extra of a loose spirit.”

The yr 2002 would end up to be a sad one for the reigning monarch, now 93. Margaret passed on to the great beyond on Feb. nine at age 71 from a stroke. Then on March 30, their mom died at age 101.

“They have been shut till the tip,” Burrell mentioned. “’We 4’ because the king as soon as known as his circle of relatives had change into ‘we two.’ After which there was once just one.”

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The Queen (left) and Princess Margaret.

The Queen (left) and Princess Margaret.
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Margaret was once strictly introduced up within the peculiarly remoted international of royal youngsters, surrounded by way of adults, doted on by way of the general public.

When Margaret and Elizabeth have been born, their father was once the Duke of York, 2d son of the king. The abdication in their uncle thrust their father onto the throne and set Elizabeth at the trail to the monarchy.

Margaret, 6, informed her sister on the time: “Does that imply you’ll be queen? Deficient you.”

An aged courtier, who collided with little Margaret when she was once cartwheeling down a Buckingham Palace hall, was once mentioned to have sighed and mentioned: “Thank God the opposite one was once born first.”

In spite of the upheavals, the exposure and their other personalities, the princess and her dignified sister remained shut.

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Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell.

Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell.
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“In our circle of relatives,” Margaret as soon as mentioned, “we would not have rifts. We’ve got a jolly just right row after which it is all over the place. And I have best two times ever had a row with my sister.”

She by no means mentioned what they argued about.

The Related Press contributed to this record. 

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