Princess Margaret's lover visits her tomb—Queen allows 'last great love' Sir Roddy Llewellyn to pay tribute

Princess Margaret's lover granted permission by Queen to visit her tomb, despite their eight-year-long affair causing scandal at the time

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The Queen allows Princess Margaret's lover to visit her tomb, according to reports. The decision would surely have meant a lot to Her Majesty's late sister, especially in light of the scandal her relationship caused at the time.


Fans of The Crown will be familiar with the dramatized account of the eight-year-long affair that Princess Margaret had with Sir Roddy Llewellyn. Royal experts have claimed that Princess Margaret and the Queen were not at 'loggerheads' despite their depiction in The Crown—which may be further evidenced by this permission from the Queen.

The Daily Mail reports that Roddy, a retired landscape gardener, was granted special permission to visit the final resting place of his former lover and close friend Princess Margaret. The visit is reported to have happened on the 20th anniversary of her death on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

Roddy paid his respects to the Princess at her tomb in the King George IV Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle. As she was cremated, following her death aged-71, her ashes were placed in the tomb next to her parents George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Princess Margaret meets up with ex boyfriend Roddy Llewellyn at the Chelsea Flower Show in May 1980 in London,England.

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Lesley Manville taking over from Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in The Crown season 5. However, Helena's portrayal of the Princess and her love affair with Roddy and the Caribbean island of Mustique will remain one of the Netflix' series most memorable storylines. 

The Queen is the only person who can grant access to the Royal Family's tomb and the Daily Mail reports that Sir Roddy made the journey before the funeral of his friend, conservationist John Rendall, in Chelsea.

As he currently lives in France, the trip was a monumental one. Speaking following his friend's funeral he's said to have told friends, "Going to Windsor was an enormously important moment for me. After two years of having absolutely nothing in my diary, I had two crucial dates — to go to St George's and to be at John's funeral."

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

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