Not The Best-Kept Royal Secret: Princess Margaret's Husband Fathered A Lovechild Months Before The Wedding
Princess Margaret had more than her fair share of heartbreak. Her father, King George VI, died when she was only 21. A few years later, she was denied the request to marry Peter Townsend, the man she loved. In 1960, the 29-year-old Princess married the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, and the marriage was doomed to fail. But the Princess was spared from one revelation that could have broken her heart once more.
Princess Margaret’s ill-fated marriage to Lord Snowdon
Princess Margaret and Anthony Armstrong-Jones first met at a dinner party. They started a secret relationship, and he proposed to her in February 1960. The marriage was approved, and the couple tied the knot on May 6, 1960. The lavish ceremony was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on TV.
Armstrong-Jones was named Earl of Snowdon and came to be known as Lord Snowdon. He and Princess Margaret had two children. They welcomed David, 2nd Earl of Snowdon, in 1961. Lady Sarah arrived in 1964.
At first, the couple seemed to be in love. But their tumultuous marriage was plagued by scandals, including confirmed and unconfirmed infidelities on both sides.
They finally divorced in 1978. The Princess never remarried, but her ex-husband married another woman in the same year of the divorce.
Lord Snowdon’s lovechild
Had Princess Margaret known what Armstrong-Jones was up to, she would have never married him. In September 1959, just months before he proposed to the Princess, he had an encounter with Camilla Fry. That encounter resulted in a child.
The girl, named Polly Fry, arrived when her biological father, now known as Lord Snowdon, was on a honeymoon with Princess Margaret. Fry didn’t learn the truth about her father’s identity until she was an adult.
The woman went public with the revelation in 2004. She said she had a DNA test to prove her claim. Four years later, Lord Snowdon confirmed it was true.
Lord Snowdon died in 2017, at the age of 86. Princess Margaret died in 2002, at the age of 71, and she never knew that her husband fathered a child with another woman when he was already in a relationship with her. And it’s a good thing she didn’t.