Geoffrey Wansell's biography of the British playwright Terence Rattigan contains an interesting tidbit about his father, Frank Rattigan, CMG, a British diplomat. Frank, the son of Sir William Rattigan, K.C., MP, was born in 1879. He was educated at Harrow and Magdalen College, Oxford. He entered diplomatic service in March 1903, and was sent to Vienna as an attache. His career was put on hold, as he saw active service during the first world war. After the war, he served as the Chargé d'Affairs in Romania, until May 1921, when he was sent to Constantinople as the Assistant High Commissioner, and then as Acting High Commissioner. He resigned from the Diplomatic Service in 1923.
Frank married Vera Houston in 1906, and they had two sons, Brian, and Terence.
Rattigan was forced to resign from the Diplomatic Service 1922 due to his relationship with Princess Elizabeth of Romania, the eldest daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Marie. Rattigan and Princess Elizabeth had an intimate affair that had resulted in an unwanted pregnancy. The Princess, who was about to marry the exiled King George II of the Hellenes, underwent an abortion.