He appealed for understanding for his two children, 14-year-old Viscount David Linley and 11-year-old Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.Princess Margaret's spokesperson, John Griffin, said: "A separation has been a possibility for some time and once the final decision had been reached it was obviously best to implement it straight away.The Queen is said to be very sad but has had no influence in the decision.
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There are no plans for divorce proceedings." 'Desperately sad' Earl Snowdon, who is currently in Australia to open a photographic exhibition of his work, said he was "desperately sad".
It is understood he knew nothing of the announcement prior to its release.
Lord Snowdon married film production assistant Lucy Lindsay-Hogg, 14 years his junior, in December 1978. Princess Margaret never remarried although her relationship with Roddy Llewellyn continued for several years. Throughout her life, Margaret was dogged by ill health.
She continued to smoke although she had to have part of her lung removed.
Lord Snowdon, 46, will be required to find alternative accommodation. In a statement the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Donald Coggan, who is in the West Indies said: "One hopes that every understanding will be shown to the Royal Family at this time of distress." The Princess was granted a decree nisi on at the Law Courts in London.