Duchess of Argyll blasts 'ghastly' press attention in resurfaced 1977 interview


Following the release of the three-part BBC series ‘A Very British Scandal’, which charts the events around the Duke and Duchess of Argyll’s infamous 1963 divorce which exposed the Duchess’s adventurous sex-life, Margaret Campbell revealed how she was disgusted at press coverage of her life in an interview with veteran broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.

In the resurfaced interview, Margaret is asked by Mr Bragg: “One of the things that accompanied your life, like a friend or foe, but it has been there the whole time is publicity. 

“Have you found it has impacted the way you lead your life?”

The Duchess of Argyll replies: “No not at all.”

The interviewer goes on to ask if the Duchess ever felt “all publicity is good publicity”.

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But a frustrated Margaret appears to hit back at the assertion.

She says: “Goodness no! I’ve had the most ghastly publicity in the world!”

She suggested how “in the early days” of the 1930s through to the “40s, 50s and even 60s” publicity through what she referred to as “the ordinary diary column” in newspapers was in fact ”very pleasant”.

The Duchess said: “You looked pretty in pink at a party. There’s no harm in it. 

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“You were two different people with them. You could absolutely trust them.”

A ‘Very British Scandal’ follows up from series ‘A Very English Scandal’ which focused on the actions of politician Jeremy Thorpe in the 1960s.

But this series focuses on the lives of Ian Campbell (played by Paul Bettany), the Duke of Argyll, and his wife Margaret (Claire Foy) the Duchess of Argyll, in the crosshairs.

At the time of their extremely public divorce, the BBC labelled it as “one of the most notorious, extraordinary and brutal legal cases of the 20th century”.


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