Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, has always been amongst the most admired of the lower ranking royals and her life is set to be explored in a new TV documentary, which will also shed light on her never-before-seen compromising honeymoon pictures.
The 84-year-old blood cousin of Queen Elizabeth II will be the focus of a new documentary called Princess Alexandra: The Queen's Confidant, which airs tonight (August 28) on Channel 5 and sees her interesting life explored and re-examined in fascinating detail.
Alexandra married her late husband Sir Angus Ogilvy in April 1963.
The couple have two children James, born in 1964, and Marina, born in 1966, who don't carry out royal duties.
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The beginning of Princess Alexandra and Ogilvy's romance sparked a lot of press interest, which ultimately led to a contentious start to their wedded life.
As the documentary details, Princess Alexandra had grown up in the monarchy's good graces and hadn't put much of a foot wrong until the age of 27, where she was destined to discover the dark side of media coverage.
While on honeymoon with Ogilvy, the couple were captured on film in comprising positions which caused quite a scandal behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace.
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Although the pictures were never published, the incident is believed to have caused "huge embarrassment" to the royals and to have deterred Princess Alexandra from sticking her head above the parapet or acting out in any way in the future.
A royal commentator explains on the programme: "A photographer with a long lens managed to get some very comprising honeymoon photos of the young couple.
"In fact, those photos – which would have caused huge embarrassment to the whole royal family – those photos were never published and I just wonder if the subsequent low profile that Princess Alexandra kept might have been influenced by that nasty brush with the press."
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As the programme later points out, Princess Alexandra's response to the potential scandal and her discretion in future matters earned her the Queen's respect.
Years later, the cousins are firm friends, with Princess Alexandra to this day remaining amongst Her Majesty's closest confidants.
Princess Alexandra: The Queen's Confidant airs tonight at 8.30pm on Channel 5.
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