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Dwy Wraig Lloyd George

Dwy Wraig Lloyd George

The love triangle at the heart of Lloyd George's life

Ffion Hague presents a documentary tracing the relationship between David Lloyd George, one of Britain's greatest politicians, and his two wives.

Ffion, herself, is the wife of a prominent politician, the Conservative Party's Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague. In the programme, Dwy Wraig Lloyd George, she tells the story of the emotional triangle between Lloyd George, his first wife, Margaret Owen and his mistress, Frances Stevenson, who became his second wife.

Among the highlights is the first television interview ever with Frances Stevenson's daughter, Jennifer Longford. The programme also features a tour around 10 Downing Street led by the current Prime Minister's wife, Sarah Brown.

Dramatic love affair

The story begins in 1885 during a chapel outing to Bardsey Island when the young, ambitious solicitor met Margaret Owen, only daughter of one of Eifionydd's most affluent farming families.

The story of their love affair is a dramatic one. The families did not approve the match, primarily on religious grounds as they belonged to different denominations but also, possibly, because Lloyd George already had a reputation as a womaniser.

We follow their story, firstly in Criccieth where they had four children and then in London. In the early decades of the 20th century, Margaret provided strong support for Lloyd George as he climbed the ranks of the Liberal Party. He became Chancellor of the Exchequer and in 1916, in the middle of the First World War, Prime Minister.

Milestone

But June 1911 saw one of the most important milestones in their relationship when Lloyd George met the young Bohemian woman, Frances Stevenson, a school friend of his late daughter, Mair Eluned, who had died at the untimely age of 17.

It was a meeting that led to a 34-year relationship, as Lloyd George's mistress, his personal secretary and, for the last two years of his life, as his wife and Countess Lloyd George.

The film gets to grips with the relationship between the three during this period, including Lloyd George's seven years as Prime Minister. In 10 Downing Street, Margaret ruled the top floors of the famous house, while Frances worked on the ground floor, next to the Cabinet rooms.

Lloyd George's double life developed from the mid-1920s when he divided his time between his home with Frances in Churt and the family home in Llanystumdwy. We hear about this period from Frances's illegitimate daughter, Jennifer.

But Ffion also shows how the two women not only provided support for Lloyd George, both emotionally and professionally, but became pioneering figures for women in the 20th century.

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