In ablaze of The Crown’s fourth season, we’re republishing this 2019 adventure about Angel Margaret’s admired escape.
If you didn’t accept the appropriate whiskey, balloon it—Princess Margaret wouldn’t be spending continued at your party. Tatiana Copeland action as she recalls hosting Margaret in Mustique in that delicate heyday aback the Caribbean island, allotment of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, captivated the acceptability for actuality a gluttonous idyll—of the actual exclusive, fabulously affluent kind. Margaret’s adopted brand, allegedly the Acclaimed Grouse, couldn’t be purchased on the island, which is aloof three afar continued and one and a bisected afar wide. “You had to accomplish abiding you had it aback she came to your house,” says Copeland, an American who, calm with her husband, has been activity to Mustique aback the 1980s. “If you didn’t accept her whiskey again that was apparently the aftermost time she would go to you. If you couldn’t be agitated to apperceive what she admired to drink, she apparently wouldn’t be agitated to appear aback to you.”
Copeland knows how it sounds. “Nobody sane comes to Mustique,” she tells Town & Country. “All the bodies who appear are absolutely unusual, striking, and eccentric. I anticipate that’s what attracts them to the island.”
The little island was mostly a abstruse until it became accepted to the added apple in 1976, aback photographs taken there of Margaret and Roddy Llewellyn—the man with whom she had an eight-year activity alpha in 1973—were appear by the British Account of the World.
At the time, Margaret was still affiliated to columnist Antony Armstrong-Jones; Llewellyn was a mural agriculturalist 17 years Margaret’s junior, and the acknowledgment of their activity led to Margaret’s breach from Armstrong-Jones (known as Lord Snowdon) two years later. Margaret and Llewellyn did not end up together—in 1981, he affiliated Tatiana Soskin—but they remained accompany until Margaret’s death, age-old 71, in 2002. (The activity and its fallout are portrayed in the third division of The Crown, starring Helena Bonham Carter as Margaret and Harry Treadaway as Llewellyn.)
Despite the scandal, Margaret adored Mustique until the end of her life, advancement that it was “the abandoned abode I can relax.” Her home on the island, alleged Les Jolies Eaux, was congenital on 10 acreage of acreage that had been a bells allowance from Colin Tennant. Tennant, who bought the island in 1958 for what would again accept been about $120,000 and founded the Mustique Company, was affiliated to Lady Anne Glenconner, Margaret’s abutting acquaintance and lady-in-waiting. It was Glenconner who alien Margaret to Llewellyn.
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Margaret came to Mustique alert a year, in October/November and February. “She admired the island,” said Copeland, whose husband, Gerret Copeland, is the son of Lammot du Pont Copeland, the 11th admiral of the DuPont Company. “Margaret told me Les Jolies Eaux was the abandoned acreage she had anytime endemic in her absolute life. It was hers. She acquainted disproportionate adulation and pride that this was not from the aristocratic family, it was not her sister’s, it was not adroitness and favor. She admired the actuality it was her own.”
Basil Charles, above buyer of the island’s acclaimed Basil’s Bar, told T&C that Angel Margaret was “an amazing person, so beautiful. She was friendly, fun. She admired partying, backward nights, and to dance.”
Brian Alexander, who managed the island from 1979 to 2008 and who charcoal so alert he professes not to anamnesis anecdotes, said Angel Margaret was a “really acceptable acquaintance to me and my wife, and to anybody here. I apperceive it’s not how she is portrayed in bi-weekly clippings, but she was a absolutely nice, kind, acceptable person.”
He was on the island aback the aspersion about Margaret and Llewellyn broke, but says today the media “exaggerated assertive aspects, which I understand—they accept to advertise product. But the absolute accomplishments to the accomplished affair was bodies accepting nice holidays on a abutting island.”
On Mustique, Copeland saw both Margaret the diva and Margaret the down-to-earth. “She could be actual aristocratic and actual demanding, and actual balmy and friendly. You never knew which Angel Margaret would arrive,” says her friend. “She could be actual absorbing and actual funny. She could additionally be absolutely a handful. She admired to be courted and looked after. If she acquainted appropriately taken affliction of it was fun. She admired the aggregation of attractive men and adopted the aggregation of men to women.”
The Angel didn’t like anyone to be ever familiar, however. “She was a aristocratic person. You had to apperceive your boundaries: no adhering and kissing,” says Copeland. Upon affair Margaret for the aboriginal time on Mustique, recalled Copeland, you addressed her as “your aristocratic highness;” afterwards that it was “ma’am.”
Not alike on the bank were the rules forgotten. “If you were English, you curtsied on the bank in a bikini, which was a little strange. Americans didn’t accept to do it.”
Despite her affirmation on protocol, Margaret was far from buttoned up. “It could be actual agrarian and unrestrained,” says Copeland, who already busy Tennant’s Great Abode acreage on the action that she and her bedmate host Angel Margaret personally. “She admired annihilation added than to sit and alcohol and sing a carol at the piano,” Copeland recalled. “She sang somewhat blue songs sitting on the stool with a piano player. She had a actual base faculty of humor, which, about the appropriate people, was appealing bad. She admired that array of stuff.”
Anyone who spent time on the island in those years has memories of the amusing Princess. Jeannette Cadet, who has lived on Mustique for 33 years—for best of that time as the Mustique Company’s alcazar rentals manager, and now its absolute acreage manager—recalls Angel Margaret as “quite tiny and actual fun-loving. Every day she would accept cafeteria on the bank or at someone’s house. Like all Brits she admired the ball of bathrobe up.”
Tennant and Glenconnor formed the amount of Margaret’s amusing activity on the island. At his 50th altogether in 1976 Angel Margaret crowned Colin Tennant “King” of Mustique. “Colin was a adept of creating something, and his accomplished job was to absorb Angel Margaret,” says Copeland. “He admired bathrobe up, and he had trunks full, actually trunks full, of costumes. So, you could be an Indian princess, you could be a pirate, you could be a mermaid, a wench. That was fun. Aback you dress up you footfall into a altered apple and change your personality. I’m abiding copious amounts of rum helped.”
It was painful, said Copeland, to see Margaret’s joie de vivre decline, alongside her concrete mobility, at the end of her life. “Her accent became added impacted,” said Copeland. “I didn’t anticipate she capital bodies to see her like that. She capital bodies to bethink how she was.”
In 1996, bristles years afore she died, Margaret able Les Jolies Eaux to her son David Linley, who awash the acreage in 2001 to American agent Jim Murray.
Two decades later, the island has absent some of its broken-down allure but charcoal an absolute retreat. It’s home to about 100 backdrop and is now account hundreds of millions of dollars in absolute acreage alone. (You can hire the five-bedroom Les Jolies Eaux for amid $21,000 a anniversary in the off division to $62,000 in aerial season; it comes with a agents of five, including a chef.)
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Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, and Tommy Hilfiger accept homes there. Added acclaimed visitors accommodate Taylor Swift, Bill Gates, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, and Daniel Craig. There is alike a new bearing of royals—Prince William and Kate Middleton and their ancestors backward at the island’s Alcazar Antilles this summer.
Mick Jagger “basically sticks to himself,” said Jeannette Cadet. “I see him about all the time; it’s no big deal. I aloof had cafeteria with Bryan Adams. Shania Twain was actuality at one stage. And David Bowie was abutting to my heart: he was so into the community. Every Tuesday black he would apprehend belief to the schoolchildren.”
Privacy charcoal Mustique’s best absolute asset. (No one’s was abashed to blur The Crown, for which locations in southern Spain acting for the beaches and abutting breeding of Mustique.) “That is an amazing affluence in this world,” Copeland notes. “If Prince William and Kate and the kids appetite to go to the beach, they are larboard alone.”
Still, the island isn’t what it already was. Copeland said that aback she and her bedmate aboriginal came to Mustique in the aboriginal 1980s, there were aloof a few cars (most bodies got about application golf buggy-style cartage alleged Mules), no golfing or museums, abandoned a few shops, and dinners overlooking the sea and stars. It was a time of “far beneath houses, far beneath people, far beneath everything,” says Cadet.
“Old” Mustique was based on the amusing assumption of allure others to your abode and be arrive to added people’s houses for drinks and dinners. In the old canicule cipher beatific invitations, said Cadet. “The account got about of abode parties, but now that the island holds about 1,200 residents, with 600 to 700 guests on top of that, it’s not accessible for anybody to accumulate in the aforementioned way.”
In the backward 1970s, banking problems led Tennant to advertise his majority pale in the Mustique Aggregation for about $1.8 actor to a bunch headed by the Venezuelan acrylic architect (and Mustique homeowner) Hans Neumann. In Joseph Bullmer’s absolute 2000 documentary, The Man Who Bought Mustique, association columnist Lord Lichfield said that artists like Tennant were not best ill-fitted to banking matters, and that his eyes for Mustique had been “hijacked by the men in suits.”
Tennant still took amusement from visiting Mustique, but begin the lath of the Mustique Aggregation to be abounding of “smug, inept, incompetent” people, or so he said in The Man Who Congenital Mustique. Tennant’s eccentricity, wit, and quick atmosphere are abundant in affirmation in the documentary. The filmmakers followed him as he alternate to the island to arrect an adorned covering to host a cafeteria with his old acquaintance Angel Margaret, bossing and accusation bodies in the process.
Roger Pritchard, the present managing administrator of the Mustique Company, told T&C that the island has absolutely afflicted aback Margaret (and Tennant’s) time. “It’s added family-friendly. Aback Angel Margaret came, she partied hard. Modern celebrities and royals appear not to get abroad and party, but to accept a acceptable time. It’s ancestors ball they appetite added than gluttonous entertainment.”
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People ask Copeland whether she prefers the “old” or “new” Mustique. She tells them that she brand the best of both worlds. If, in the old days, electricity and baptize were patchy, and “you would accumulate bottomward at the anchorage to buy aliment from the address aback it came in.” Island activity again was “democratic in a sense,” says Copeland. “A amazon could ball with the fishermen at Basil’s. I’m not abiding that would appear today.”
Copeland still hosts parties at Toucan Hill, the home she and her bedmate congenital (and which is additionally accessible to hire by the week), and enjoys accepting arrive to added shindigs, but “these canicule bodies assume to go to Mustique to get abroad and break aural their own groups. It’s become added family-oriented. I accept not abounding a agrarian activity there in a long, continued time.”
Has Mustique absolutely absent its hedonism? Cadet laughs. “There is still some—and continued may it continue. We don’t appetite it to be too quiet.”
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