“I felt listened to by someone who I loved dearly and respected and admired.
“I was very lucky to have someone like that in my life.”
The journalist recounted a particular anecdote in which Margaret helped her with a wardrobe malfunction as she was having dinner with members of the Royal Family.
Ms Constantine’s dress snapped and Margaret “was fantastic and took me to the loo.”
She added: “She re-did [the pins] so that they weren’t seen. We were laughing so much.”
Princess Margaret, like other members of the Royal Family, had a strict morning routine that was carefully planned out and executed everyday.
According to a former palace aide, Margaret, who was a heavy smoker, required that a servant followed her around with an ashtray as she got on with her daily duties.
In the documentary ‘Royal Servants’, uploaded to YouTube in 2011, Peter Russell, who was a palace aide between 1954 and 1968, spoke out about the royal’s habit.
He said: “Of course, at a banquet for instance or a big social occasion, it meant you had to dance attendance on her all night long.
“Possibly to be just standing to her left or right with an ashtray, so she didn’t have to look to see where she flicked her ash.”
According to the Daily Mail, Margaret’s routine included having “breakfast in bed, followed by two hours in bed listening to the radio, reading the newspapers (which she invariably left scattered all over the floor), and chain-smoking.”
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