Legal challenge over royal will

A MAN who claims he is the love child of Princess Margaret today launched a new court battle over her will.Robert Brown, a 53-year-old accountant from Jersey, says he is the illegitimate son of the Queen's late sister and Group Captain Peter Townsend, with whom she had an ill-fated romance in the 1950s.

A MAN who claims he is the love child of Princess Margaret today launched a new court battle over her will.

Robert Brown, a 53-year-old accountant from Jersey, says he is the illegitimate son of the Queen's late sister and Group Captain Peter Townsend, with whom she had an ill-fated romance in the 1950s.

Earlier attempts by Mr Brown to gain access to the wills of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother had been blocked by judges who say orders to seal the documents should remain in force.

But in October, Court of Appeal judges ruled that it was at least arguable that Mr Brown had standing to assert a general public interest in whether it was right for them to be sealed.

Mr Brown, who claims to be 12th in line to the throne, returned to the appeal court today to argue that point before the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, Lord Justice Thorpe and Lord Justice Dyson.

Princess Margaret died in 2002, aged 71.

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