MBTI Type: ESFP
Margaret is a larger-than-life personality, with no real interest in the past; she sees no point in antiquated traditions, and prefers to live in the moment. She has a reputation for being funny and fun-loving; when given her sister’s responsibilities, she strives to make it more of an occasion for her guests. She loves to ride, hunt, drive, dance and, above all, be useful, be seen, and have a chance to “shine.” Two years is an eternity for her to wait for the man she loves. She’s objective about people, not inclined to read into situations anything other than what she sees as the truth. She believes in being true to herself, even when it isn’t deemed “proper” by palace authorities; she rewrites her speeches to make them a more colorful reflection of herself. Since she’s so loyal to Elizabeth, she’s deeply hurt when her sister chooses “the crown” over the promise they made to be true to each other. Margaret doesn’t telegraph her feelings, but doesn’t hide them or her opinions, either, often speaking her mind regardless of how others react to it. An example, Elizabeth remarks that they now have a string of apologies to make, including to a general who asked Margaret if she wanted to dance, to whom she replied, “Yes, but not with you!” Margaret tends to act on her emotions; she can also be reasoned with, in logical terms; she agrees to a two-year separation from the man she loves, provided that, at the end of it, she can proceed with the marriage without protest from her sister. She spends some time thinking about her future, and what she wants from it; Margaret envisions a life without love, if she cannot have Townsend. She swears never to marry anyone else, since her heart belongs to him. She sometimes gives probing, even brutal, insights into her family members’ motives (inferior Ni).
Enneagram: 3w2 sx/so
Margaret works hard to look flawless to others, is a capable entertainer, able to work the room, and cannot stand being shoved into the background while her older, more “dowdy” sister takes center stage. She often complains that she is under-utilized and mocks her husband for his jealousy when the Americans fawn all over him (and tells him to let her enjoy this, since it happens so rarely). She can adapt to any situation and match anyone — when Lyndon B. Johnson wants to tell naughty limericks at a State Dinner, she beats him at his own game. She flirts with him, sings with him, pretends to mock-fight with him, and so charms him, he agrees to give England a financial bailout. Margaret can also be aware of her own needs and limits and place them over love – rather than buck her entire family and live without an income, she gives up the man she loves to maintain her social standing. She loves to be the center of attention, but can be passive under stress (refusing to stand up to her family, and allowing her romances to slip through her fingers – 9 under stress). She wants love and enjoys having society appreciate her.