Lady-in-waiting Anne Glenconner dedicates new book to late husband

Princess Margaret’s confidante Lady Anne Glenconner dedicates new novel to her late husband despite ‘not entirely forgiving him’ for leaving £22 million estate to his servant and jokes that ‘murder’ crossed her mind

  • Former lady-in-waiting, 88, has written new fictional novel Murder on Mustique
  • Late husband Colin Tennant bought the Caribbean island of Mustique in 1958
  • Lady Glenconner she has almost forgiven her late husband, who died in 2010
  • Has spoken of the ‘terrible humiliation’ after he left estate to his male servant 

Lady Anne Glenconner has revealed she dedicated her new book to her about Mustique to late husband Colin Tennant. 

The former lady-in-waiting, 88, who was Princess Margaret’s closest confidante, has penned fictional book Murder on Mustique, set on the Caribbean island her late husband purchased on a whim in 1958, having never set foot on it. 

Despite her tumultuous marriage with Colin, the 3rd Baron Glenconner, who died in 2010, Anne said on Lorraine this morning she felt it was ‘time to forgive him’ but admits she hasn’t been able to overlook his past indiscretions entirely. 

Lady Glenconner has spoken of the ‘terrible humiliation’ she felt after discovering her husband had left his £22m St Lucia estate, including the home that had belonged to them for 54 years, to his male servant. 

Lady Anne Glenconner has revealed she dedicated her new book to her about Mustique to late husband Colin Tennant. The pair are pictured on the Caribbean island before his death in 2010

She has also spoken of a ‘marriage filled with Colin throwing as many tantrums as he threw parties’ and their honeymoon from hell, where he took her to a ‘filthy, rundown hotel’ where he presented her with two strangers having sex. 

‘I thought it was time to forgive him,’ she told. ‘And after all, he did make Mustique a household name. I haven’t forgiven him entirely, but I’ve dedicated the book to him.’

Her new book follows a thrill-seeking heiress trapped on a tropical island, and Anne told she drew from real people throughout her life for inspiration, teasing there were times she thought about ‘murdering’ her husband on the island.  

‘I have drawn on various people who lived in Mustique over the years for my characters, she said, 

Despite her tumultuous marriage with Colin, the 3rd Baron Glenconner, who died in 2010, Anne said on Lorraine this morning she felt it was ‘time to forgive him’

The former lady-in-waiting, 88, who was Princess Margaret’s closest confidante, has often spoken of Margaret’s love of Mustique, where her late husband offered the royal a piece of land as a wedding present 

Her new book follows a thrill-seeking heiress trapped on a tropical island, and Anne told she drew from real people throughout her life for inspiration. Pictured, Queen Elizabeth arriving n Mustique with Princess Margaret in 1977

‘There’s nobody who knows it better than me because I was alone with Colin for 12 years with him, and there were moments during those 12 years that I did think about murder.’   

Lady Glenconner, whose son Henry passed away in the late 80s after contracting AIDS, told writing has always given her comfort throughout her difficult life. 

‘My life hasn’t been very easy’, she said, ‘I used to make up stories to get me through and now i’ve started writing them down.’   

The former lady-in-waiting has often spoken of Margaret’s love of Mustique, where her late husband offered the royal and Antony Armstrong-Jones, Earl of Snowdon, a piece of land on their privately-owned Caribbean island as a wedding present. 

Lady Glenconner told host Lorraine Kelly (pictured left) writing has always given her comport throughout her life

She spoke of watching her character in Netflix series The Crown, and said she didn’t feel the how was ‘that accurate’ overall 

She spoke of watching her character in Netflix series The Crown, and told that while it was entertaining to relive memories with Princess Margaret, she doesn’t feel the series is ‘that accurate’ overall. 

‘I did watch a bit about myself’, she said, ‘I haven’t watched all of I watched the beginning and then I think it went rather off-piste myself and I watched when Princess Margaret goes to stay at Glenn and Roddy [Llewellyn] comes. 

‘It was very strange and it wasn’t all that accurate I think but I enjoyed watching it – it’s great fun and people like it and i’m not quite sure whether I agree with everything that is portrayed myself.’ 

The third season of the Netflix show saw Helena Bonham Carter play Princess Margaret, and seek help from Lady Glenconner ahead of her portrayal

The third season of the Netflix show saw Helena Bonham Carter play Princess Margaret, and seek help from Lady Glenconner ahead of her portrayal. 

Anne revealed: ‘Helena rang me up and said “Can I come and see you, i’m playing Princess Margaret”. 

‘She spent about three hours with me, she wanted to know how she walked and sat and smoked.

‘I said “I’ve never seen Princess Margaret run”, she was very measured and I think people always wanted to see her, so she never hurried and gave people the opportunity to see her, I felt Princess Margaret was there listening to me saying “Are you sure Anne?”‘. 

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