Paul Burrell says Diana ‘won’t be far away’ during royal wedding

Royal butler Paul Burrell has said that Diana will be at the wedding of her son Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘in spirit’.

Mr Burrell, who was a servant for the royal family for several years, added that the Princess of Wales would have ‘approved’ of Harry’s fiancee.

The former butler to Diana has been accused of cashing in on his time spent serving the royal family after he released a book in 2003 and appeared on the Australian version of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

And he is planning to get back in the spotlight ahead of this weekend’s royal wedding having lined up a series of new media appearances. 

Mr Burrell, who was a servant for the royal family for several years, added that the Princess of Wales would have 'approved' of Harry's fiancee

Mr Burrell, who was a servant for the royal family for several years, added that the Princess of Wales would have 'approved' of Harry's fiancee

The former butler to Diana has been accused of cashing in on his time spent serving the royal family after he released a book in 2003 and appeared on the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

The former butler to Diana has been accused of cashing in on his time spent serving the royal family after he released a book in 2003 and appeared on the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Paul Burrell (pictured), who was a servant for the royal family for several years, said the Princess of Wales would have ‘approved’ of Harry’s fiancee

In an interview on ITV’s Lorraine on Thursday, he said that Prince Harry and William would both be thinking of their mother during the bid day in Windsor on Saturday.

He said: ‘Diana will be there in spirit. How can you not have Diana there? The boys will be thinking about her.

‘The Queen will give Meghan a diamond tiara the night before and she will carry white roses, I’m sure.

‘I can see there being touches of Diana throughout the day, she won’t be far away and I bet the boys take a quiet moment.

‘It is a good chance for two boys to say ‘thank you mummy, for bringing us into the world’ because that is why they’re here.’

He added: ‘I think Diana would have approved of Meghan. Together with Meghan by his side, they will go out and fulfil her dreams.

‘If she was still there she would be at the centre of all of this, and Mrs Middleton would not have got a look in with the grandchildren. 

‘We watched William and Harry walk behind the coffin, that 11 year old boy’s heart broken and it’s never been the same since, until he found Meghan; she mended it.’ 

Mr Burrell also spoke of the first time he 'met Harry', when Diana secretly revealed that she was pregnant with her second child

Mr Burrell also spoke of the first time he 'met Harry', when Diana secretly revealed that she was pregnant with her second child

Mr Burrell also spoke of the first time he ‘met Harry’, when Diana secretly revealed that she was pregnant with her second child

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor on Saturday, in a wedding that is set to be watched by more than a billion people

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor on Saturday, in a wedding that is set to be watched by more than a billion people

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in Windsor on Saturday, in a wedding that is set to be watched by more than a billion people

In an interview on ITV's Lorraine, he said that Prince Harry and William would both be thinking of their mother during the bid day in Windsor on Saturday

In an interview on ITV's Lorraine, he said that Prince Harry and William would both be thinking of their mother during the bid day in Windsor on Saturday

In an interview on ITV’s Lorraine, he said that Prince Harry and William would both be thinking of their mother during the bid day in Windsor on Saturday

Mr Burrell also spoke of the first time he ‘met Harry’, when Diana secretly revealed that she was pregnant with her second child.

‘I was at Balmoral with the queen and Diana was heavily pregnant,’ he said. ‘She took me into the dining room, and put my hand on her tummy and I felt a kick.

‘She told me it was our little secret, and that was the first time I ever met Harry. I couldn’t tell the Queen, my wife, anybody.’

He said watching Prince William and Harry growing up was ‘the best time of my life’, describing the younger sibling as ‘mischievous, naughty and noisy’.

‘Harry and William were like chalk and cheese,’ he added. ‘One day William said ‘I don’t want to be king’, and Harry said ‘I’ll do the job instead of you then’.

‘After that we called him GKH – Good King Harry.’

Paul Burrell worked as a footman for the Queen before serving Diana, Princess of Wales

Paul Burrell worked as a footman for the Queen before serving Diana, Princess of Wales

Paul Burrell worked as a footman for the Queen before serving Diana, Princess of Wales

Paul Burrell worked as a footman for the Queen before serving Diana, Princess of Wales

Paul Burrell worked as a footman for the Queen before serving Diana, Princess of Wales

Mr Burrell, who Princess Diana referred to as ‘my rock’, published a book called A Royal Duty was published in 2003.

Ahead of its publication, Princes William and Harry, just 21 and 19 at the time, said: ‘We cannot believe that Paul, who was entrusted with so much, could abuse his position in such a cold and overt betrayal.

‘It is not only deeply painful for the two of us but also for everyone else affected and it would mortify our mother if she were alive today.

‘If we may say so, we feel we are more able to speak for our mother than Paul. We ask Paul please to bring these revelations to an end.’

In response to the comments, Mr Burrell said his book was ‘nothing more than a tribute to their mother’ and that he was ‘extremely proud’ of his work, adding: ‘I am convinced the princess would be proud of too’.

Mr Burrell appeared on reality television series I’m a Celebrity… Get me Out of Here! earlier this year, coming in ninth place.




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