Paul Burrell said he now hoped to speak to Kate Middleton about the “incredible” woman Diana was – but said second-in-line to the throne William might not want the conversation to happen

Paul Burrell claims that Princess Diana paved the way for Kate Middleton to become a shining star for the royal family

The former royal butler said not enough was done to nurture Princess Diana at the time

PRINCESS Diana’s “rock” has revealed how she “broke the mould” – paving the way for the daughter-in-law she never had the chance to meet.

Paul Burrell had two children with his first wife, now expecting to marry his long-term partner Photo (C) REUTERS
Paul Burrell had two children with his first wife, now expecting to marry his long-term partner Photo (C) REUTERS

Paul Burrell said Kate Middleton had much to thank her late mother-in-law for in making her life easier in joining the royal family.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, the former butler of the royal family said Diana gave Kate “a safer passage”, saying: “Kate is treading the same path as Diana but she’s had the coaching and the lessons that Diana didn’t.

“Diana was just pushed in the deep end and had to sink or swim. There was no one to teach her how to make it work.”

Paul, who said he had been entrusted with the knowledge that the princess was pregnant with Harry during his time working for the royal family, said not enough was done to nurture Princess Diana.

He said he now hoped to speak to Kate Middleton about the “incredible” woman Diana was – but said second-in-line to the throne William might not want the conversation to happen.

 

Burrell said nothing fazed the Queen, with the monarch even having given him marital advice Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Burrell said nothing fazed the Queen, with the monarch even having given him marital advice Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

Previously revealing that he often dreamt of Princess Diana, Paul said that he believed the Duchess of Cambridge was “grounded enough” to hear about the private life of her mother-in-law.

The revelations come after Paul is reportedly ready to talk about the scandal that happened on the Royal Yacht Britannia, where members of the navy where dismissed for being caught up in a g_y orgy.

Paul was present at the time but did not face any disciplinary action – despite recently claiming that the Queen knew about his involvement and told him off.

The orgy on the Royal Yacht took place in 1981, with h_mos_xuality in the armed forces illegal at the time.

 

Paul Burrell was married to his wife Maria for 30 years before their divorce Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES
Paul Burrell was married to his wife Maria for 30 years before their divorce Photo (C) GETTY IMAGES

The former I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Big Brother contestant also revealed that the Queen counselled him to get married after the scandal, telling the Mirror that she urged him to keep an eye on the “lovely girls” at the Palace.

Soon after the conversation, the young butler met Prince Philip’s maid Maria and went on to marry her.

But while he said “nothing fazes” his former employer the Queen, Burrell admitted that she may be “bewildered” by his life today after he divorced his wife of more than 30 years and is now expected to marry his lawyer boyfriend Graham Cooper.

The 58-year-old has since come out as gay and is to marry his partner in what he described as a “glamorous” affair.

 

Paul Burrell was Diana’s rock, saying she trusted him with the secret of her pregnancy Photo (C) REX FEATURES
Paul Burrell was Diana’s rock, saying she trusted him with the secret of her pregnancy Photo (C) REX FEATURES

In a joint statement released last year the Burrells said their divorce decision was a mutual one and they remained “the best of friends”.

Source: thesun co uk

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