Princess Margaret ‘traumatised’ by husband’s affair that left her ‘sobbing’ on royal staff
Princess Margaret: Experts on 'traumatising' affair
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Antony Armstrong-Jones’ most upsetting affair has been brought to light in the wake of the anniversary of his marriage to Princess Margaret. The Earl and Countess of Snowdon’s relationship was famously rocky throughout their 18 years together. Royally Obsessed podcast host Rachel Bowie described one incident that “traumatised” the royal.
She told listeners: “They both, as we know, had affairs.
“Tony’s most traumatising one for Margaret was with a younger lady, Jackie Rufus Isaacs.
“Margaret also had affairs – one with Snowdon’s University friend, Anthony Barton.
“The other, as we all well known, was Roddy Llewellyn, who was 18 years her junior.”
Lady Jacqueline Rufus Isaacs was the 20-something daughter of the Marquess of Reading, Tony’s neighbour at his country retreat.
When Margaret discovered the affair, she was said to have been so unhappy that she would sob on the shoulder of her chauffeur, according to The Esoteric Curiosa.
None of the royal’s attempts to counter the relationship worked – her husband would even invite Jackie to have lunch with them.
Ms Bowie went on to describe another major scandal involved the Earl.
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She told the podcast: “There’s also a question of whether he had an affair with his friend and her husband, Camilla and Jeremy Fry.
“It is definitely still unproven, but he did father Camilla’s child. He admitted to this years later.
“Polly Fry was proven by a DNA test. She was born three weeks after Margaret and Tony’s wedding.”
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Tony was known to love his work, and reportedly wasn’t good at sitting around, waiting on his wife, and so travelled a lot for photo assignments.
In contrast, the Countess had seen the “loving” bond between her parents and how Elizabeth and Philip managed their working and romantic partnerships.
According to Ms Bowie, the younger princess “wanted Tony to be around more”.
She claimed that this was “really hard on both of them”.
The commentator also suggested that this may have contributed to the numerous infidelities on both sides.
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