Why Princess Margaret is the reason we’re all obsessed with horoscopes

Meghan Markle isn’t the only royal who knows a thing or two about the zodiac. In fact, Princess Margaret is responsible for horoscopes as we know them.


It turns out that Princess Margaret and Meghan Markle have more in common than initially thought. (And no, before you ask, it’s not a common interest to dress impeccably.)

As it turns out, the two royals know a thing or two about the zodiac.

When Meghan appeared earlier this month wearing two diamond zodiac necklaces depicting her children, she confirmed that like many of us (whether we like to admit it or not), she likes to take a dip every now and then in the world of astrology.

But what she probably has does not have please note that she must thank Prince Harry’s late aunt, Princess Margaret, for our modern approach to horoscopes. How, you ask?

Well, when the famous and glamorous younger sister of Queen Elizabeth was born in 1930, the Sunday express tasked astrologer RH Naylor to predict his future. The story went so well with the British public that the newspaper made the birthday predictions a regular column.

Rather than focusing on individual birthdays, Naylor created predictions around the 12 ancient astrological signs, assigning personality traits to people based on the month they were born. This then heralded the start of astrology as we know it – with newspapers and magazines around the world (wife and household included) establishing regular horoscope columns.

Pretty neat, isn’t it?

Even skeptics will have to admit that Naylor’s predictions in 1930 were pretty accurate. When you look at the remarkable facts from Princess Margaret’s life, Naylor was actually pretty accurate with this first chronicle in 1930.

He predicted that around his seventh year there would be a momentous event for the royal family – and he couldn’t have been more right. The year before his seventh birthday, Edward VIII abdicated the throne, making his father King of England and putting his sister Queen Elizabeth on the list.

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