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Lord Snowdon ‘had several gay affairs’

PinkNews Staff Writer September 14, 2009

Lord Snowdon, who was married to Princess Margaret, had gay affairs, the celebrity interior designer Nicky Haslam has claimed.

In a forthcoming memoir, Haslam, 69, alleges he had an affair in 1959 with Lord Snowdon, then known as Antony Armstrong-Jones, just a year before he married Princess Margaret.

He also said the peer had an affair with Tom Parr, later head of the luxury-goods firm Colefax and Fowler.

Haslam said he first met Lord Snowdon in 1955 at the age of 16 and began an affair with him four years later.

He wrote: “I had a very brief romance with Tony Armstrong-Jones, somewhat one-sided on my part as Tony, who was dazzlingly attractive, had other irons in the fire.”

However, Lord Snowdon, now 79, has poured cold water on the claims, saying: “It’s not true as far as I’m concerned – and I should know.”

The peer has been subject to rumours about his sexuality for decades but has never said he is bisexual.

When asked once in at a party in New York about the Queen’s health, Princess Margaret is said to have replied: “Which one? My sister, my mother or my husband?”

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