Royal snub: Why Princess Margaret refused any image of Diana in her house

Diana was often considered the pariah of the royal family after her husband, Prince Charles, was revealed having an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles throughout their marriage. She seemed to struggle against the royal protocol, preferring to become the "Princess of the People" and connecting with the public rather than keeping the respectable distance that the royal family traditionally embraced at that time. However, she is not the first royal to resist the constraints of public life. Before her there was Margaret's younger sister Queen's .

She was sometimes seen as the most reckless after trying to marry Peter Townsend, a divorced woman who was banned from her own love life.

She then divorced her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones into 1978 - which meant that many expected her to have empathy for Diana's tumultuous relationship with "The Firm".

In BBC 2017 Live's 5 Series "Diana", podcast host Natasha Kaplinsky describes the relationship between Diana and the royal family - especially after her revealing interview with BBC Panorama in 1995 with Martin Bashir, where she said her famous quote, "We were always three in marriage".

She said, "It had a huge impact and decimated its relationship with the palace. That was it. It was like a suicide note to be royal, was not it? "

Ms. Kaplinsky spoke to the Royal Biography of Andrew Morton, who stated: "Absolutely - her neighbor Princess Margaret, who had been very supportive during the separation, she banned any image of Diana in magazines, she would have nothing to do with it.

Princess Diana and Princess Margaret (Image: GETTY)

Charles and Diana divorced in 1996

Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 (Image: GETTY)

"And that reflected a general feeling within the royal family and, of course, a few weeks later, the Queen realizing that it was damaging the monarchy, the war between Wales,

Diana had separated from Charles in 1992, but their divorce was only finalized in 1996.

The interview took place in the greatest secrecy, with only a few privileged knowing until he was about to broadcast. The podcast explained how the queen was also kept secret about the interview, as Diana apparently wanted to talk to her stepmother.

More than 25 million people watched the show.

Royal biographer Sarah Bradford said she thought Diana sometimes regretted taking part in the BBC program. "She did not like being a SAR anymore. But she just should not stop herself from being killed, which she did.

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Diana during her famous interview with 1995

Diana during her famous interview interview with 1995 (Image: GETTY)

"I think she became very unpopular, many people were frowned upon. Many people thought she had grown small. His appearance, his way of speaking. "

Ms. Kaplinsky said, "It was a performance, was not it? Did you have the feeling that it was natural Diane or that she had been orchestrated? "

Ms. Bradford said, "It was so strange and venomous without being venomous.

When Ms. Kaplinsky then asked if Diana's perception had changed after this interview, Ms. Bradford said, "I would say it was a shock. It was not the Diana they usually saw. it was rather a kind of demonization. The way she was wearing makeup, the way she held her head. It was not at all friendly. "

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Diana with Margaret and the Queen

Diana with Margaret and the Queen (Image: GETTY)

Diana and Margaret both lived at Kensington Palace in 1995

Diana and Margaret both lived in Kensington Palace in 1995 (Image: GETTY)

A 2019 documentary on the 5 channel, titled "The Royal Family at War," also reveals how Margaret finds Diana's words "unacceptable."

Royal correspondent Katie Nicholls said Margaret had decided from that moment not to talk to her after the interview, even though they were still living in Kensington Palace.

Mr. Morton also stated in the documentary: "Princess Margaret would hand over any magazine carrying Diana on the cover.

"She told her staff not to talk to anyone about Diana's apartments. It was a cold war.

"Ironically, whenever Diana has a boyfriend, often in the trunk or in the book of her care, Margaret would stay behind the curtains, watching."

Diana's famous vengeance dress, which she wore after her separation from Charles

Diana's famous vengeance dress, which she wore after her separation from Charles (Image: GETTY)

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Diana's former butler, Paul Burrell, explained how Diana seemed to ignore the queen's sister's attempts to freeze her: "Margaret was watching, watching what was going on. Diana acted and Diana greeted: "Hello Margot, how are you?"

Diana died of injuries sustained in a car accident in 1997, Paris.

She was traveling with her boyfriend of the time, Dodi Fayed, who also died on the scene.

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