Margaret: The Rebel Princess

Margaret: The Rebel Princess

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Princess Margaret reclines on sofa at her Mustique home Les Jolies Eaux

Credit: Courtesy of Getty / Lichfield

This two-part series offers an insider’s look at the tumultuous life and loves of Princess Margaret.

Margaret: The Rebel Princess is an insightful two-part biography of Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s beautiful and rebellious younger sister. Part one airs Saturday, June 15 at 5 p.m. and part two airs Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

This new special, featuring rare footage and interviews with those who knew her best, offers unparalleled insight into Margaret’s turbulent life and times. Her unique position as the Queen’s younger sister in a changing Britain left her free to experiment and push boundaries, yet she was forever judged by a public and press beginning to question the very idea of a monarchy. While Margaret often followed the rigid rules under which she was raised, she also stepped outside those rules and into scandal. A complicated and contradictory princess, her story parallels her era, when the rules of social norms were being rewritten and a freer, more egalitarian society was emerging.

Margaret forged her own way by becoming a rule-breaking trendsetter and an eager participant in the excitement of a swinging 1960s London. Her loves were passionate if not always wise, from Peter Townsend, a married aide to her father, to her dashing yet philandering husband Lord Snowden, to the much-younger Roddy Llewellyn. But it was her relationship with her sister that was perhaps the most important, the woman against whom she defined herself all her life.

Margaret: The Rebel Princess presents new interviews with several of her closest friends including Lady Anne Glenconner, Lady Jane Rayne and Jane Stevens; biographers Christopher Warwick, Craig Brown and Anne de Courcy; journalists Clive Irving of the Daily Express and Doris Bacon of AP and many others. They reveal Margaret as the first truly modern princess — a superstar who introduced a flash of Hollywood glamour into Buckingham Palace and paved the way for Diana, Kate and Meghan. A woman yearning for escape in a post-war world eager to shrug its own oppressive constraints, Margaret became a powerful and unpredictable force, reflecting and driving fundamental changes in our attitudes about the monarchy, celebrity, marriage and sex.