IN BRIEF: Books
Sunday 02 February 1997
Margaret's private life, as we already know ad nauseam, has been often troubled. Her relations with the public have never been greatly marked by noblesse oblige. But so what, really? Aronson, for one, has no intention of letting an old lady off the hook. "She complains that she has been misreported and misrepresented since the age of 17," Aronson muses. "If this is true, then she has only herself to blame for leading such a controversial life ..." With sympathetic observers like this guy, who needs hatchet-jobs?
Margaret herself, however, does get the best line in the book. One time, Gore Vidal told her that Jackie Kennedy had told him that she'd always found the Queen "pretty heavy going". "But that's what she's there for," Megs imperturbably replied. Mm, quite. As the Princess herself has a habit of saying, apparently, while turning her back sharply and rudely on bad- mannered party bores.
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