Margaret Thatcher 'booted Queen out of the way' to make tea
Margaret Thatcher ‘booted Queen out of the way’ to make tea for herself at Balmoral, David Linley’s ex-girlfriend Susannah Constantine claims
- Margaret Thatcher once ‘booted the Queen out for the way’ in order to make tea for herself while in a fishing hut at Balmoral, Susannah Constantine has claimed
- The fashion guru dated Princess Margaret’s son David Linley in the 1980s
- Susannah added ‘incredibly bossy’ Margaret Thatcher ‘just wanted control’
Margaret Thatcher once ‘booted the Queen out for the way’ in order to make tea for herself, Susannah Constantine has claimed.
The fashion guru, who dated the Queen’s nephew David Linley for eight years, said she witnessed the awkward encounter during a summer at Balmoral in the eighties and that the former Prime Minster ‘just wanted control’ and was ‘incredibly bossy’.
Susannah said that the royal party were in a fishing hut on the grounds of the Scottish castle when Her Majesty was trying to serve her guests tea.
Margaret Thatcher once ‘booted the Queen out for the way’ in order to make tea for herself, Susannah Constantine has claimed. The Queen and Margaret Thatcher are pictured together in 1979 in Zambia
‘The Queen would want to pour everyone’s tea and I remember Margaret Thatcher almost booting her out of the way to pour the tea herself for everyone,’ she told People magazine.
Series four of The Crown shows Margaret and Denis Thatcher’s first visit to Balmoral, which took place in August 1979, showing the Tory leader ‘failing’ the so-called ‘Balmoral test’
While The Crown’s portrayal of the visit isn’t completely accurate, the Prime Minister is said to have considered her early visits to Balmoral ‘purgatory’, according to the Queen’s biographer Ben Pimlott, and would arrange to leave as early as possible on the final day of the visit.
Susannah dated Princess Margaret’s son Viscount Linley, also known as David Armstrong-Jones, in the 1980s.
After they split, she remained close with the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret until she died in 2002.
Speaking on Loose Women last year, the What Not To Wear star revealed how she suffered a spectacular wardrobe malfunction while dining at the royal palace.
Fashion guru Susannah Constantine who dated the Queen’s nephew David Linley for eight years, said she witnessed the awkward encounter during a summer at Balmoral in the eighties and that the former Prime Minster ‘just wanted control’ and was ‘incredibly bossy’. Susannah and David are pictured together in 1984
She said she was seated next to Prince Philip and Prince Edward, when she had a ‘spectacular’ wardrobe malfunction.
‘I was in this wonderful Valentino dress that my dad bought me and I was eating this soup and suddenly I felt a breeze and realised the straps had ripped,’ she recalled.
Luckily the royal household staff came to the rescue, as Susannah explained: ‘My boobs were out, almost dropping into the soup, and without saying anything a butler came with two safety pins and fixed it in the back and I put my boobs back in place.’
She also explained that Margaret was ‘fantastic and took me to the loo. She re-did [the pins] so that they weren’t seen. We were laughing so much’.
After they split, she remained close with the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret until she died in 2002. Pictured together in 1984
Susannah also touched on the close relationship she enjoyed with Princess Margaret, telling the Loose Women she ‘had a big impact on my life in a very positive way,’ adding that the late royal was particularly supportive after her mother was diagnosed with manic depression.
Speaking to People, Susannah also said that Margaret was one of ‘the most emotionally intelligent people she’s ever met’.
‘I felt listened to by someone who I loved dearly and respected and admired,’
Susannah’s friendship with the Countess of Snowdon outlasted her relationship with David, with the late royal even throwing her an engagement party ahead of her wedding to Danish businessman Sten Bertelsen.
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