In 1950, Princess Elizabeth’s former governess, Marion Crawford, published The Little Princesses, an account of her years raising Lilibet (the future Queen) and her spirited sister, Margaret. It was, to put it mildly, unauthorized — the royal family never spoke to Crawford again for the rest of her life. The book, published two years before Elizabeth II acceded to the throne, nonetheless offered an extraordinary window into the personality of the two daughters of King George VI. And more to the point, in my family, the book made a huge impression on my grandmother.
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