What never occurred to that schoolboy, was that in time he would not only become a writer as well as a broadcaster, regularly invited to take part in television and radio programmes, as well as any number of documentaries, but who would also become – as if it was meant to be - the authorized biographer of Princess Margaret.

I ought to add that history as an over-arching subject has long captivated me. I’m always at a loss to understand those who do not feel the same way. And here in England, indeed in Britain, we have so much to fire all our imaginations.