Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on August 19, 1962 · Page 60
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Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana · Page 60

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Sunday, August 19, 1962
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Family A RECENT dinner party at Buckingham Palace buzzed with the question: what made the queen cry? Elizabeth had left the affair briefly to change her clothing. Prince Philip followed her. But when the queen returned, she was alone—and her eyes were red. To add to the embarrassment, the minutes ticked by without Philip putting in an appearance. In fact, the guests fidgeted nervously with their empty cocktail glasses for a half-hour before the prince finally returned. What was wrong? A member of the court told another guest: "They probably were arguing about Princess Margaret. That situation is going from bad to worse." Many people have commented that the queen often looks weary and drawn these days. But few realize that the reason for her worry is the bitter war raging between the two persons she loves best—her husband, Prince Philip, and her sister, Princess Margaret. Such crosscurrents of love and loathing run beneath the surface of many families. The British royal family, however, must pretend in public that such things could never happen to them. But pretense is a strain—and occasionally the feud breaks from behind closed doors and startles outsiders with its ferocity. Servants at Balmoral Castle in Scotland witnessed such an eruption one afternoon while the queen and the prince were having tea. As Elizabeth put down her silver teapot, she casually remarked: "By the way, Margaret tells me she doesn't feel well enough to face public life just yet." Philip, who was eating a toasted crumpet, exploded with: "May one ask how long Margaret's honeymoon is going to last?" The prince's anger at Margaret's reluctance to return to her royal duties after the birth of her son was matched by his wrath when he learned that she and Tony were leaving the baby at home while they took a Caribbean holiday. Insiders at the palace say Philip was "beside himself with rage" over the princess' refusal at least to act the part of a conventional mother. I am also told that Margaret wouldn't breast- feed her son because she wanted her figure back and hadn't time "for all that business." I can imagine Philip's reaction to that. N*v*r Rock «h« Itoyal Boat One shrewd acquaintance of the royal family has an interesting theory about Philip's war with Margaret. He believes it stems from the prince's fear that Margaret's flouting of public opinion might one day endanger the whole delicate structure of the British monarchy. "He is and always has been afraid of that girl," I was told. "He is scared she will rock the royal boat and upset everyone in it." As the penniless member of an exiled royal house, Prince Philip can see the danger in the situation in a way that neither Queen Elizabeth nor Princess Margaret can. The trouble between Margaret and Philip, however, is not altogether the princess' fault. She was deeply humiliated the day Philip wickedly gave her a lecture in front of the man she was going to marry, Antony Armstrong-Jones. Philip curtly told her how to "conduct herself" while at sea aboard the royal yacht Britannia, which was loaned to her for her honeymoon. "Be awfully careful not to upset the crew," Philip cautioned. "They don't expect one to be- have too casually aboard, you know. I'd try to see you don't keep them waiting for meals. You know the sort of thing I mean, Margaret?" Margaret knew—and she seethed inwardly at her brother-in-law's lordly attitude. The princess is a girl who always has liked to take her time. Naturally, the fight between Philip and Margaret has driven a wedge between other members of the royal family. Princess Marina, the widow of the Duke of Kent, has changed her whole attitude towards Margaret. There was a time when the young princess was "her most darling little niece." Today, she almost shivers when Margaret's name i» mentioned. A friend who dined with her recently said she looked out her windows at the house next door that is being renovated for Margaret and Tony and said: "Isn't it too awful? How I wish they'd stayed on their little island taking underwater photographs." I understand she hurled a cushion across* her living room in exasperation when she first heard! they were to be her close neighbors. A VMted Interest in PMNp Marina's opposition to Margaret puts her daughter. Princess Alexandra, in the same camp. A reporter who saw them both at the wedding in Athens of Princess Sophia and Prince Juan told me: "Alexandra pouted whenever anyone mentioned Margaret and Tony. She made it clear she did not wish to hear them discussed." Marina's share in the feud is understandable. It was she who maneuvered her cousin Philip into the royal circle at a. time when he was a young naval officer with only a borrowed tuxedo (her husband's), a few English pounds, andl one pair of scuffed, blue-suede shoes. Alexandra's allegiance is also easy to fathom, since she has been eclipsing Margaret recently. The younger princess has been taking over such roya! chores as cornerstone-laying ceremonies. Today it is Alexandra—taller, less vitally attractive, but as helpful and charming as can be— who wins praise from both the queen and her people. In the eyes of observers at Elizabeth's court, Alexandra already has usurped most of Margaret's old popularity and has taken over much of her position on the royal pedestal. Who then are Margaret's backers in the family feud? Number one is—and always has- been—her softhearted mother. Queen Mother Elizabeth has never made any attempt to hide her love for "my darling Rosebud," as she has called Margaret Rase since she was a baby. ( Continued on page 9) Queen Elizabeth has good reason to look weary—she's caught in the middle of a bitter feud between her sister and her husbond family Weekly, Auuuat 19,1362

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