The Royal Family is encouraged not to smoke, as it is not only frowned upon by the Queen and Prince Charles, but the habit also comes with serious health risks. However, over the years, a few members picked up the habit, including Prince Harry, who is said to have quit following the help of his new wife Meghan Markle. Princess Eugenie and Camilla have also been spotted enjoying the occasional smoke – but there was one royal in particular, who was always seen with a cigarette in her hand.
Queen Elizabeth II’s sister, Princess Margaret, smoked throughout her entire life.
In 2019 Channel 5 documentary “The Royal Family at War”, Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell claimed Margaret was “rude” when she engaged in her regular habit.
Mr Burrell said: “She would stand there with her cigarette in her holder and blow the smoke into my face.
“I didn’t mind that but it is very rude to do that.
“But Margo was a certain creature, born at a certain time.
“You could not change her.”
Royal historian Kate Williams added that even though Elizabeth and Margaret grew up together, it was clear they both had very different personalities.
She explained: “Elizabeth was conscientious, dutiful, organised, methodical, always doing exactly was was expected of her.
“Margaret was impulsive and fun, she was very often naughty.
“She had an imaginary friend called Cousin Halifax that she blamed for everything that went wrong.”
Royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter also suggested that the Countess could be compared to Prince Harry today, as she was “the cheeky, impish one”.
She said: “She was like Prince Harry.
“She was the one with no responsibility but all the privileges.”
According to the documentary, Margaret was not only a rebel but was quite a “feisty” character as well.