Thatcher’s biography reveals love triangle

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A softer side to the Iron Lady is disclosed in Baroness Thatcher’s authorised biography, including details of a love triangle involving her sister’s future husband.

Farmer Willie Cullen lavished the then Margaret Roberts with gifts – including a handbag – after they met in 1949, but she decided he would be a better match for her older sister, Muriel.

Charles Moore’s book also reveals details of her first romance, which started while she was a student in wartime Oxford. Extracts published yesterday also reveal her first impressions of future husband, Denis. In a letter to Muriel, she wrote of “a Major Thatcher, who has a flat in London (age about 36, plenty of money)... not a very attractive creature – very reserved but quite nice”.