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The new book will apparently throw light on the society photographer's turbulent relationship with the British monarch's beautiful younger sister. Above: The couple on the day their engagement was announced in 1960
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Tell-all biography to lift lid on Snowdon's life with Margaret

7 JANUARY 2008
Lord Snowdon is set to share intimate details of his marriage to the late Princess Margaret in a new biography.

News of the book, which is set to hit UK stores in the summer, may come as a surprise to many royal watchers. "There has always been an understanding that no biography would be published during his lifetime," says royal author Tim Heald - who wrote a biography of the Queen's late sister.

"He has never spoken a word in public about Margaret," he continues, "He has remained very loyal to her and to her memory."

However, the royal snapper, who married the beautiful, blue-eyed royal at Westminster Abbey in 1960, has given his "full agreement" to the new biography by well-known journalist Anne de Courcy.

"I am now happy for people to know about my life and I want to put the record straight on some things," says the 77-year-old, whose famously turbulent union ended in divorce in 1978.

Snowdon: The Biography will be published in June.