Robert Brown, 52, claims to be the illegitimate child of Princess Margaret and Captain Peter Townsend. To prove it, he has asked to see the late princess’ and the Queen Mother Elizabeth’s wills. However, Judge Mark Potter who is presiding over the claim has decided that the request is an abuse of process. This is mainly due to the fact that Brown has no concrete source or proof of ties to the royal family nor has he been told of it or had the notion suggested to him.

Princess Margaret died on February 9, 2002 at the age of 71 followed by the Queen Mother on March 30 of that year at the age of 101. Princess Margaret was born on August 21, 1930 at Glamis Castle in Scotland to the Duke and Duchess of York. In 1936, Edward VIII was abdicated from the throne, and her father ascended. In 1953 at the age of 23, Margaret fell in love with Captain Peter Townsend, a Battle of Britain pilot. However, Townsend was divorced, and despite the fact that his wife left him, the marriage was deemed unacceptable by the Church of England and the political establishment. This meant that, while she would be able to marry him, she would lose her privileges and duties as a princess. They ended their relationship in 1955 though remained close friends until Peter’s death in 1995.

In 1958, Margaret met a photographer and Cambridge graduate Anthony Armstrong-Jones, and the two married at Westminster Abbey in 1960. They had two children, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. The marriage was rocky, however, and the two separated in 1976, divorcing two years later. Divorce was uncommon within the royal family, causing the princess much controversy. When she began dating Roddy Llewellyn, a socialite 17 years younger than she, even more controversy erupted. After a few years, they separated but remained friends.

Princess Margaret continued to play the part of a princess. She supported the arts and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. In her later years, she spent time on the island of Mustique with her friends. In 1998, her health began to deteriorate until her death in 2002. This would mean that Brown has no main source to support his claims. In the end, it appears that the only thing he has to gain from these claims is his name in print for a short time.

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