The British royal family is anxious to ensure that essential moments of their lives are done away with the public. The II. Marion Crawford, 17, who was married to Queen Elizabeth and his sister for 17 years, learned this in the most painful way of interrupting all relationships of the royal court after an interview with a US newspaper and a book about her own life.
Marion Crawford was only 22 years old when Princess Elisabeth Elizabeth (nowadays most remembered Elizabeth’s mother-in-law) was adopted by her two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Princesses. The two little girls were then occupied by their uncle, Prince Edward Welsh and their father Albert Prince of York, and the third and fourth places were occupied by the British throne line. The two princesses and their foster parents initially lived in a quiet, calm life, and rarely came into contact with the public.
In 1936, the family’s life was calmed down by one stroke. After the death of György V. VIII. Edward came to the throne. The newly appointed king soon caused a scandal in the world when he fell in love with Wallis Simpson, the then divorced American woman. During the constitutional crisis, neither the British government nor the king let go, In the end, Edward, despite the firm protest of his family, resigned from the throne to his brother, Duke Prince Albert, György was the head of the British Empire.
Crawford moved to Buckingham Palace with the new royal family and for years helped prepare the two girls for the inevitable roles of the king. However, she endeavored that Erzsébet and Margit could experience the “normal” part of childhood, so she regularly took them to trips, bought at the Woolworths department store and organized a separate scouting party for them.
The British royal courtship was almost obscure at that time. The public knew almost nothing about the events within the walls of the palace, and the queen was also trying to protect her children from the scary eyes. Persons in the yard were therefore subject to complete discretion in all circumstances. This was especially true in the years of World War II, when Crawford’s most important task was to divert the dawning teenagers from teenagers into disaster-stricken events.
During his 17 years of service, the housekeeper became one of the most important queens. His perseverance did not remain without any reward. They got the Royal Order of the Royal, they gave him a generous remuneration and got another house on the estate belonging to the Kensington Palace, where he could live completely free of charge. Of course, he also had to pay a large price in return for his own private life. Thus, for example, it was forbidden to marry until the Princess Elizabeth Princess was married in 1947. After the two princesses grew older, Crawford could finally settle in his own home, but he still had a good relationship with the royal couple and his former patrons.
For a long time in a harmonious relationship, in 1949, there was a fatal break. An American women magazine visited Crawford by wanting to write an article about her years as a royal educator. The dutiful woman then turned to the queen to ask for his contribution to such an article. The reigning family initially saw a good opportunity in the article to promote themselves beyond the sea, so the queen allowed Crawford to interview, but only on condition that the housekeeper did not add his own name.
Concerning subsequent events, he did not know exactly how, but the article finally came out with Crawford’s name and contained many of the most sincere elements (such as the icy relationship of Queen and Wallis Simpson or the king’s mood) that the ruler did not want to publicize.
The prospective mother-in-law really got angry and said that her former confidante “lost her head.” The situation went further, when a year later Crawford issued an independent book The little princesses in which he talked about his own palace-filled life. Although a critic of the book stated that “such a sweetened compilation … it is unbelievable that anyone could be offended” – the royal family experienced a real betrayal.
Crawford was soon fired from the villa he had been given and interrupted his relationship with the royal court. The former educator then settled in Aberdeen, and although the royal family regularly passed the castle at Balmoral Castle along the house, they never visited him again. Her husband dropped into depression after her death in 1977 and attempted suicide. At this time, he wrote “in his farewell letter” as follows: “The world has passed by me, and I can not bear that those I love pass by me on the road.”
Marion Crawford finally died on February 11, 1988 in an Aberdeen sanatorium. It is interesting to have kept a secret until his death: the letters in which the mother queen agreed to publish the first article appeared only after his death.