Ever since her failed engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend, Queen Elizabeth‘s late sister Princess Margaret’s tumultuous love life has captivated the world with the first two seasons of The Crown. The show focuses heavily on her love affairs with both Peter and her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones.

In upcoming Seasons 3 and 4, there will be more romance in store for Margaret, including her affair with landscape gardener Roddy Llewellyn. Now, it has been revealed that the Queen approved of the tryst, which made her sister so happy. The news comes after Lady Anne Glenconner revealed an exchange between herself and the Queen at Margaret’s funeral for a new documentary, Elizabeth: Our Queen.

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Roddy in 1978.

According to the Daily Mail, she revealed, “After Princess Margaret’s funeral, the Queen, she said, ‘I’d just like to say, Anne, it was rather difficult at moments, but I thank you so much [for] introducing Princess Margaret to Roddy because he made her really happy.’ It was difficult for the Queen, and I felt rather guilty always having introduced Roddy to Princess Margaret.”

The affair lasted for eight years and ended in 1981 when Roddy married Tatiana Soskin, but Roddy and Margaret remained friends afterward. The couple met through friends in Mustique in the 1970s, with many remarking that he was her “type.” The relationship caused some scandal in the tabloids at the time, not only for being an affair but also because of the 17-year age gap between them. According to Craig Brown’s biography of Margaret, Ma’am Darling, Roddy had his sights firmly set on the princess and engineered a romance between them.

This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.

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