Queen ‘pushed into betraying Princess Margaret’ by Palace officials and ...

QUEEN ELIZABETH II may have been pushed into "betraying" her sister Princess Margaret by Palace officials, a royal commentator told Express.co.uk.

PUBLISHED: 15:13, Tue, Jan 5, 2021 | UPDATED: 15:13, Tue, Jan 5, 2021

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The Queen and her younger sibling Princess Margaret used to be especially close as children. The sisters were treated as equals until their father unexpectedly ascended the throne in 1936, and Princess Elizabeth (the current Queen) was bumped up to prime position as his heir. While this meant the sister had a solid foundation of friendship, there were inevitable tensions as they grew up — and Elizabeth was prioritised.

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Once the Queen ascended the throne herself, Margaret was still a figure of importance.

It was not until Prince Edward — the monarch’s youngest son — turned 21 and thus became a Counsellor State for the Queen.

The sovereign can only have five royals to represent her, meaning that Margaret was pushed out of her important role.

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She did actually maintain some duties but, despite her dedication to the crown, was gradually pushed out of the limelight as she fell down the line of succession.

Queen Elizabeth II had to betray her sister, Princess Margaret, according to a commentatorQueen Elizabeth II had to betray her sister, Princess Margaret, according to a commentator (Image: Getty)

Margaret and Elizabeth were raised as equals until their father King George VI ascended the throneMargaret and Elizabeth were raised as equals until their father King George VI ascended the throne (Image: Getty)

Royal commentator Howard Hodgson told Express.co.uk that Margaret had wanted more responsibilities within royal life but that the Queen ended up being "pushed into betraying” her on the Palace’s orders.

He said: “I don’t think [the Queen] is a weak woman, but I think she talked herself into a position very early on, because of her mother, and because of the strain of her beloved father, whom she was extremely fond of.”

The Queen’s father, King George VI, struggled with royal duty and his wife, later the Queen Mother, used to claim that it was the stress of sovereignty which triggered his sudden death in 1952.

Mr Hodgson explained: “[The Queen] became absolutely obsessed — ‘I give my life to you’ — with the country, the Empire.”

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