Part imperious royal figure, part femme du monde, Princess Margaret spent the greater
part of her life torn between meeting the exacting standards of the monarchy and
flouting its long-established conventions. She was variously described as tragic,
unresolved, a royal maverick, a woman of conflict, a princess without a cause. From
any viewpoint, she lived her life as one of the most interesting members of the royal
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