Thanks to Netflix's hit series The Crown, the world is again fascinated with Queen Elizabeth's sister, Princess Margaret, and her highly-publicized royal romance with Peter Townsend. The first season of The Crown ended with Elizabeth telling Margaret that she could not marry Peter because he was a divorcee — and, until Season 2 premiered in December 2017, many fans were left wondering, did Margaret stay with Peter after all? If not, did she end up marrying someone else?
In October 1955, a then 25-year-old Margaret released the following public statement revealing she and Peter, 40, had officially ended their romantic relationship: "I would like it to be known that I have decided not to marry Group Captain Peter Townsend. I have been aware that, subject to my renouncing my rights of succession, it might have been possible for me to contract a civil marriage. But mindful of the Church's teachings that Christian marriage is indissoluble and conscious of my duty to the Commonwealth, I have resolved to put these considerations before others. I have reached this decision entirely alone, and in doing so I have been strengthened by the unfailing support and devotion of Group Captain Townsend."
Margaret and Antony with Peter (inset). (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
At the time of their breakup, Margaret reportedly told Peter that she would never marry anyone else, but the Princess later tied the knot with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones in May 1960. Margaret allegedly accepted Antony's proposal just one day after she heard her former flame Peter planned to marry a young Belgian woman named Marie-Luce Jamagne, who was half his age and bore a striking resemblance to Princess Margaret.
Margaret and Antony — who was later given the royal title Earl of Snowdon — had two children, son David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon and daughter Lady Sarah Chatto, together during their 18-year marriage. They divorced in 1978 after Margaret allegedly cheated. Peter remained married to second wife Marie-Luce until his death at age 80 in June 1995. Margaret passed away at age 71 in February 2002.
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