Princess Diana and Prince Charles had a very tumultuous marriage riddled with scandals and extramarital affairs, but after the pair separated Diana gained another enemy in the royal household. Someone who was once very close with the princess couldn’t stand to look at her and even banned photographs and other imagery of Diana in their home.
Here’s who that royal was and why they never made amends with Diana before her tragic death.
The princess who banned photos of Diana and why
The royal lady who banned all images of Princess Diana in her home was Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.
At one time Diana had a good relationship with Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, but that changed after the Princess of Wales did something that Margaret deemed unforgivable.
The two women had been neighbors at Kensington Palace and Margaret took Diana under her wing when she first joined the royal family. The countess guided her nephew’s wife during royal engagements and let her know who to speak to and who to shake hands with. But when Diana did her tell-all Panorama interview in which she spoke about her marital problems including Prince Charles’ infidelity, the Countess of Snowdon was livid.
“Her next-door neighbor, Princess Margaret, who had been pretty supportive during the separation, she banned any pictures of Diana on magazines, she wouldn’t have anything to do with her,” Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton revealed.
Craig Brown, who penned the book Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret, agreed that after that the queen’s sibling didn’t want any images of the People’s Princess anywhere near her.
“She wouldn’t even have magazines with Diana’s face on the cover nearby. She would turn them over,” he said.
Whey they never made amends
Brown expanded on how angry Margaret was with Diana and said the countess was so “unforgiving” that she wouldn’t even let her children talk to the princess.
He added, “If Diana had lived for another 30 years, [Margaret] wouldn’t have spoken to her.”
The women never did make amends before the Princess of Wales died following a car crash in 1997.
Brown claimed that even after her death, Margaret refused to forgive Diana and pointed out how she acted at the princess’ funeral when the coffin passed her. Instead of bowing her head, Margaret “offered only the most cursory of nods, almost as though she were warding off a fly.”
Margaret feuded with a duchess as well
Princess Diana wasn’t the only royal lady Margaret feuded with as the woman Prince Andrew married also felt her wrath.
The Countess of Snowdon became furious with Sarah Ferguson after news of her toe-sucking scandal broke in 1992 and cut the duchess out of her life.
Fergie though tried to get back in her good graces by sending her a bouquet of flowers, but Margaret wouldn’t budge. Royal journalist Judy Wade talked about that in the documentary Fergie: Downfall of the Duchess.
“The Duchess of York had sent flowers to Princess Margaret with a little note,” Wade explained. “And the flowers had been sent straight back with a note from Princess Margaret saying ‘Not once have you hung your head in embarrassment even for a minute after those disgraceful photographs. How dare you send me flowers, have you ever considered what damage you have done to the royal family?’”
On Feb. 9, 2002, Margaret died in her sleep following a stroke.