Princess Margaret was 'very unpredictable' claims artist pal

Princess Margaret was ‘very unpredictable’ and could be ‘friendly with you one second and cold the next’, claims artist pal Derek Boshier

  • British artist claims he smoked marijuana joints with the Queen’s sister in 1960s
  • Boshier, 84, struck up friendship with royal through her photographer husband 
  • Portsmouth-born artist claimed that the Queen’s sister’s mood could be fickle 

Princess Margaret’s behaviour could be ‘very unpredictable’, her artist friend Derek Boshier has claimed.  

A student and friend of David Hockney, Portsmouth-born painter Boshier, 84, struck up a friendship with the royal through her photographer husband Antony Armstrong Jones, Earl of Snowdon.  

In an interview with the Telegraph, Boshier claimed the Queen’s sister’s mood could be fickle, and that the royal could be ‘friendly with you one second but cold the next’.   

He recalled one evening in the 1960s after attending a party hosted by Margaret and her husband at Kensington Palace in the early 1960s, claiming that the gathering ended by passing around a marijuana joint. 

Princess Margaret’s behaviour could be ‘very unpredictable’, her artist friend Derek Boshier has claimed. She is pictured with her husband Antony Armstrong-Jones in London, 1960

Boshier claimed the Queen’s sister’s mood could be fickle, and that the royal could be ‘friendly with you one second but cold the next’. Margaret is pictured in 1990

‘Those were good times’, the artist told the publication from his California home. 

The pair had met through the Earl of Snowdon, who was an admired photographer known for his six decade association with Vogue and his most famous work being images he captured of the royal household. 

The photographer was married to Princess Margaret until 1978 when they divorced, but his royal connections allowed him to capture a never before seen side of the royal families.  

His unprecedented access to the family has seen him produce such famous photographs as those of Diana and Charles following the birth of their son Prince William.

A student and friend of David Hockney, Portsmouth-born painter Derek Boshier, 84, (pictured in 2016)  struck up a friendship with the royal through her photographer husband Antony Armstrong Jones

Other triumphs include charming photographs of the Queen Mother before her death in 2002, Charles and Diana’s engagement announcement and Prince Harry’s christening. 

Princess Margaret was known as the rebel of the Royal Family, as well as her love of booze, cigarettes and partying and a recent documentary explored the Countess’ taste for ‘naughtiness’ and disdain for royal life. 

Private Lives of the Windsors, which aired last year, claims that being the second born, Margaret was cut more slack from her parents than her older sister and future Queen, Princess Elizabeth. 

Royal historian and biographer Dr Piers Brendon explained that George VI loved Margaret’s ‘naughtiness’ and would hardly reprimand her, feeding into her taste for mischief.

‘He indulged her, he was devoted to her, she was absurdly spoiled as a girl,’ he said. ‘It was not entirely a healthy relationship, I think he was too indulgent towards her.’

Princess Margaret was known as the rebel of the Royal Family, as well as her love of booze, cigarettes and partying and a recent documentary explored the Countess’ taste for ‘naughtiness’ and disdain for royal life. Pictured in 1949, aged 19

Princess Margaret married Tony Armstrong-Jones in May 1960. Six years into their marriage, their relationship deteriorated. Pictured in 1970

Professor Jane Ridley, a royal historian and biographer, added that her father’s indulgence meant that ‘she never really learned boundaries in the way that Elizabeth certainly did learn boundaries.’

After George VI became King following the abdication of King Edward III, who gave up his royal duties to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, Princess Elizabeth became the heir to the throne, and Margaret became the spare.

The documentary explains that the Queen mother raised her youngest daughter to be a ‘debutante,’ and as accomplished and feminine as was expected of women her age in the late 1940s.

However, taming free-spirit Margaret was no easy task, as historian Fern Riddell explained. She related one instance where George VI and the Queen Mother were entertaining a Scottish minister over tea in Buckingham Palace.

The Queen mother had asked Margaret to sing a few song, and the Princess, then 19-years-old, picked ‘I’m just a girl who can’t say no,’ from the musical Oklahoma.

‘[It] is well known for the fact it is very naughty. And she recites this song to shocked and astounded silence. Until the king roars with laughter,’ Riddell said.

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