Brian Eagles, a friend of the actor, told The Times: “Elizabeth was getting more and more cross as the evening went on because Princess Margaret was flirting terribly with Richard.
“He was flirting back and Elizabeth was getting very perturbed about it.”
Margaret managed to ruffle Taylor’s feathers on another occasion, when she dismissed as “vulgar” an item of jewellery the famous actress was wearing.
Taylor had put on her diamond engagement ring which she had received from Burton.
The ring caught the attention of Princess Margaret, who reportedly said: “Is that the famous diamond?
The royal rebel proceeded to make a less than favourable impression on the huge star.
Margaret is reported to have rather tactlessly said to her: “You don’t look like a movie star.”
To which the actress coolly replied: “Well, I wasn’t born a movie star.”