Princess Margaret had an extraordinary life — even by royal standards! She was a stunningly beautiful woman, after all, and men were instantly charmed by her. Very charmed. We may never know for certain the full extent of her love life, but we know some fascinating details about the sort of people she attracted and what they were willing to do for the love of a princess. The Crown, as good as it was, didn’t even cover the half of it.
The wild life of Margaret
Queen Elizabeth was everything a royal needed to be. She was calm, collected, prim, and proper. But her sister Princess Margaret was another story. She was the Prince Harry of her era — a rebel royal.
Throughout her life she was connected with multiple men, plenty of whom thought they could win her affections and were quickly proved wrong. It’s impossible to overstate the amount of power she had over the male sex.
Margaret’s inner circle
Princess Margaret had something else in common with Prince Harry — she frequently hung out with other world-famous people. If they were a renowned actor or artist, Margaret had probably met them.
Her love of the arts put her in contact with people who were positively awestruck by her, and one of these people was Pablo Picasso. What happened between them was far from a love story, though.
Off with his head
Picasso’s advances towards Princess Margaret were not courtly ones. They were the exact opposite, and would probably be viewed as sexual harassment today had Margaret actually been made aware of what he was doing. The artist wrote multiple “erotic” letters to the princess, which luckily she never received.
They were explicit and extremely unpleasant. Picasso reportedly told his friend Roland Penrose, “If they knew what I had done in my dreams with your royal ladies, they would take me to the Tower of London and chop off my head!”
Picasso allegedly then came up with a totally wild idea. He would make a formal proposal to Princess Margaret and present it to the Queen — not Margaret herself — on a velvet cushion. His future biographer, John Richardson, was told he should dress as a page for the occasion.
Richardson told The Guardian in 2017, “Many years later, I told Princess Margaret the story of Picasso’s quest for her hand. Like her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, she was not amused; she was outraged. She said she thought it the most disgusting thing she had ever heard.”