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Who was Margaret Whigham? All about the Duchess of Argyll ahead of A Very British Scandal premiere

A Very British Scandal is all set to tell Margaret Whigham's scandalous story (Image via Pintrest)
A Very British Scandal is all set to tell Margaret Whigham's scandalous story (Image via Pintrest)
Sneha Haldar

Prime Video is soon to tell the story of Margaret Whigham, a British socialite from 1930s, whose divorce story took society by storm. With Claire Foy in the role of the scandalous royal Margaret, Prime Video's upcoming British period drama A Very British Scandal is sure to excite fans.

Margaret Whigham was born in Scotland in 1912 to millionaire parents. A wealthy heiress of the early 1900s, Wigham became a highly sought-after member of London's high society and involved herself in many short-lived romantic affairs with notable figures before getting married to wealthy American businessman Charles Sweeny. However, their marriage was short-lived and Whigham divorced him to marry Ian Campbell, the 11th Duke of Argyll. This is the beginning of the scandalous story of Margaret.

It didn't take long for the Duke and Margaret's marriage to turn toxic and fall apart. The two had numerous affairs outside of marriage and lived separate lives before they decided to get a divorce, which turned out to be one of the most scandalous and costliest divorces in the history of Britain's royalty.


All about Margaret Whigham's divorce

Without a Polaroid camera in sight, Margaret (Whigham), Duchess of Argyll by (Edward) Russell Westwood in 1953. https://t.co/srUwi7YA42

It all started with the Duke providing much evidence of Margaret Whigham's infidelity, including the infamous photographs that showed Margaret n*ked, in her three-strand pearl necklace, and performing f*llatio on a man, whose head was not in frame.

The Duke of Argyll claimed Margaret had as many as 88 affairs, which included government ministers as well as members of the British royal family. Although it was later revealed that the number was inflated, the stigma of the claim followed Margaret for the rest of her life. She came to be known as the "dirty duchess," and the court labeled her as a promiscuous woman and ordered Margaret to pay ยฃ50,000, which at the time made it the most expensive divorce in British history.

With time, Margaret Whigham's fortune diminished and poverty descended upon her. She passed away in 1993 after a fall in a London nursing home and was buried alongside her first husband, Sweeny.


What is A Very British Scandal all about?

A scandal so notorious, so debauched, and so extraordinary that it almost defies belief. ๐Ÿ‘€#AVeryBritishScandal is based on the real-life events surrounding the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll during the 1960s in one of the most brutal legal cases of the 20th century. https://t.co/1vGGtG4SsU

Amazon Prime Video's A Very British Scandal is all set to bring Claire Foy as the infamous Duchess of Argyll alongside Paul Bettany, the Duke. The three-part series chronicles the life of Margaret Whigham, especially her marriage and divorce to Ian Campbell, which was one of the costliest and most scandalous divorces in the history of Britain, that not only led her into destitution but also destroyed the reputation of the glamorous heiress who had a love for the finer things in life.

The series is all set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 22, 2022. Don't forget to catch Claire Foy in another British period piece which is sure to be dramatic and entertaining.


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