From her dramatic almost-marriage to her very public divorce, Margaret’s tempestuous love life dominated the royal spotlight for years.

Margaret needed her sister’s permission to marry Townsend.

These facts seemed to make it impossible for Margaret to marry Townsend.

It’s not clear if this is why Margaret eventually broke off her relationship with Townsend, but the scandalous near-marriage never occurred.

Finally, Margaret admitted that her marriage had failed.

Margaret couldn’t marry a divorced man, but she could become a divorced woman herself.

As national divorce rates rose, Margaret showed the world that royal life is far from perfect.

Though it’s not certain to what extent Margaret’s own famous love life affected Parliament’s adoption of the.

Succession to the Crown Act, it is clear that Margaret’s life reflected changing times-and that her turbulent romances helped change British minds about both marriage and divorce.