by Anne de Courcy (Author)
Publisher: W&N (11 Jun. 2009)
A biography of the man who married, and divorced, Princess Margaret
Anthony Armstrong-Jones was born to a Welsh father and English-Jewish mother. Creative and inventive, he attended Eton and then Cambridge. The engagement of this motorbike-riding freelance photographer in 1960 to Princess Margaret was a bombshell.
Friends privately predicted disaster. And so it proved. But meanwhile in the 1960s, mixing with actors, artists and pop stars, they were the epitome of stylish and unstuffy arts-loving Royals – and one of the iconic glamorous couples of that era.
Tony continued to work and both began to have affairs. They divorced in 1978. Snowdon married again but this marriage collapsed after the birth of a secret love-child and the suicide of his mistress of twenty years.
Lord Snowdon, who’s died aged 86, was plain Antony Armstrong-Jones when he wed Princess Margaret in 1960. A second extract from Anne de Courcy’s explosive biography of the photographer reveals how Margaret’s neediness and insecurity, plus his philandering, turned their marriage into a battlefield.