Perils of dating much younger women

His young, pretty wife had an affair and Townsend sued for divorce in November 1952.

He remained with the Royal Household for nine years and rose to the position of deputy master of the Household. That same year, after a two-week engagement, he married Miss Cecil Rosemary Pawle at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire.Her tender touch betrayed their secret, as Margaret attentively brushed fluff from the dashing officer's jacket.Until then, Group Captain Peter Townsend and the Princess had been forced to hide their feelings.Under the Royal Marriages Act of 1772, the Queen's consent to the Princess's marriage was necessary until she reached the age of 25.After 25, the Princess wohe agreement of the British and Dominion parliaments - and that was not to be forthcoming.