Why Princess Margaret is the reason we're all so obsessed with horoscopes

Princess Margaret is responsible for horoscopes as we know them

Princess Margaret horoscopes
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Meghan Markle isn't the only royal who knows a thing or two about the zodiac. In fact, Princess Margaret is responsible for horoscopes as we know them. 

It turns out that Princess Margaret and Meghan Markle have more in common than one might initially think. (And no, before you ask, it's not a shared interest in dressing impeccably.) 

As it happens, both royals know a thing or two about the zodiac. 

When Meghan appeared earlier this month wearing two diamond zodiac necklaces representing her children, she confirmed that like many of us (whether we like to admit or not), she enjoys the occasional delve into the world of astrology. 

But what she probably didn't know is that she has Prince Harry's late aunt Princess Margaret to thank for our modern day take on horoscopes. Just how, you ask?

Well, when Queen Elizabeth's famously glamorous younger sister was born in 1930, the Sunday Express commissioned astrologer R.H. Naylor to predict her future. The story went down so well with the British public that the newspaper made birthday predictions a regular column. 

Rather than focus on individual birthdays, though, Naylor created predictions around the 12 ancient star signs, attributing personality traits to people based on the month in which they were born. This then heralded the beginning of astrology as we know it—with newspapers and magazines the world over (woman&home included) establishing regular horoscope columns. 

Pretty neat, right? 

Even skeptics will have to admit that Naylor's 1930 predictions were pretty accurate. When you look at the remarkable facts of Princess Margaret's life, Naylor was actually pretty spot on with that first column in 1930. 

He predicted that around her seventh year there would be a momentous event for the royal family—and he couldn't have been more right. The year before her seventh birthday, Edward VIII abdicated the throne, making her father the King of England, and putting her sister Queen Elizabeth next in line. 

Kate McCusker

Kate is a freelance contributor to woman&home, covering everything she loves most: fashion, fiction, and fancy face cream. If she’s not working, she’s probably reading, feeding her online shopping addiction, or judging the taste level of celebrity houses (10/10 for Dakota Johnson, 2/10 for Tan France).

She graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2020 with a BA in fashion journalism, and her byline has also appeared in British VogueThe Times, and Marie Claire.