Paul Burrell slams Prince Harry over US interviews

Paul Burrell slams Prince Harry over US interviews

05/25/2021

Paul Burrell slams Prince Harry over ‘dirty laundry’ US interviews saying he’s ‘blinded’ by Meghan Markle and that Princess Diana ‘would be heartbroken it’s come to this’

  • Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell said the late royal would be ‘heartbroken’ by disintegrating relations between Prince Harry and the royals  
  • Burrell’s comments come days after Prince Harry dropped another nuclear ‘truth bomb’ on the Royal Family accusing them of ‘total silence’ and ‘neglect’ 
  • ‘Truth bombs’ have seen Harry claim his father Prince Charles made him ‘suffer’ as a child in his new series for Apple, The Me You Can’t See

Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has said the late royal would be ‘heartbroken’ by Prince Harry airing ‘dirty laundry’ in a series of recent US interviews. 

Paul Burrell, 62, told Closer Magazine that he hopes Harry, 36, will stop giving the ‘truth bomb’ interviews that have followed since the royals first spoke to Oprah Winfrey in March this year. 

The former royal aide said recent revelations by the Duke of Sussex in his new series for Apple, The Me You Can’t See, and The Armchair Podcast were self-destructive. 

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Former royal aide Paul Burrell, who worked for Princess Diana when Prince Harry was a child, said recent revelations by the Duke of Sussex in his new series for Apple, The Me You Can’t See, and The Armchair Podcast were self-destructive (Harry pictured during filming of The Me You Can’t See)

Princess Diana ‘s former butler Paul Burrell has said the late royal would be ‘heartbroken’ by Prince Harry airing ‘dirty laundry’ in a series of recent US interviews.

Burrell has been speaking out about the current state of the royal family, appearing on Lorraine last week and telling Closer magazine that Diana would want her youngest son ‘to live a quiet, private life, focused on his children’

Burrell’s comments come just days after Prince Harry dropped yet another nuclear interview on the Royal Family accusing them of ‘total silence’ and ‘neglect’ when Meghan was suicidal. 

He also claimed his father Prince Charles made him ‘suffer’ as a child and that he would not be ‘bullied’ into silence.

Burrell said of Harry’s most recent appearance: ‘He’s been blinded by Meghan, by her beauty and by this Hollywood world.

‘I think now it could only be Meghan who can stop him from doing these interviews and doing any more damage, and destroying himself.

‘He won’t heal if he keeps doing this — it’ll make things worse in the long run. I honestly have no idea when he’ll stop.’ 

The bombshell Meghan and Harry Oprah Winfrey interview in March – Burrell said Princess Diana would be ‘devastated that Harry is cut off from his family’ and that she’d ‘disapprove of him tearing down the royals’

Speaking about how the late Diana, Princess of Wales would view Harry and Meghan’s tell-all approach, he said he thought she would be ‘heartbroken’. 

Burrell, who now lives in Cheshire, said: ‘Diana would be heartbroken it’s come to this. Not only would she be devastated that Harry is cut off from his family, but she’d disapprove of him tearing down the royals.

‘She’d want him to stop airing his dirty laundry, and to live a quiet, private life, focused on his children.’

In recent candid interviews, the Duke of Sussex said he and his wife felt abandoned by his relatives and this was one of their ‘biggest reasons’ for leaving for California last year.

He told Oprah: ‘Certainly now I will never be bullied into silence’, adding: ‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. 

‘We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’

He added: ‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. 

Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this”, And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’

 

Key revelations from Prince Harry’s bombshell interview

On the Sussexes’ cries for help to the Royal Family

‘I thought my family would help, but every single ask, request, warning, whatever it is, just got met with total silence, total neglect. We spent four years trying to make it work. We did everything that we possibly could to stay there and carry on doing the role and doing the job. But Meghan was struggling.’

On Harry’s family ‘stopping’ them from quitting 

‘That feeling of being trapped within the family, there was no option to leave. Eventually when I made that decision for my family, I was still told, “You can’t do this”, And it’s like, “Well how bad does it have to get until I am allowed to do this?”. She [Meghan] was going to end her life. It shouldn’t have to get to that.’ 

On Meghan’s wish to ‘end her life’

‘Meghan decided to share with me the suicidal thoughts and the practicalities of how she was going to end her life.

‘The thing that stopped her from seeing it through was how unfair it would be on me after everything that had happened to my mum and to now to be put in a position of losing another woman in my life — with a baby inside of her, our baby.

‘The scariest thing for her was her clarity of thought. She hadn’t “lost it.” She wasn’t crazy. She wasn’t self-medicating, be it through pills or through alcohol. She was absolutely sober. She was completely sane’. 

On Prince Charles’ parenting

‘My father used to say to me when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, ‘Well it was like that for me so it’s going to be like that for you’,’ Prince Harry says in the new documentary.

‘That doesn’t make sense. Just because you suffered doesn’t mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact quite the opposite.

‘If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences you had, that you can make it right for your kids’.

On ‘smears’ from ‘The Firm’

‘Before the Oprah interview had aired, because of the combined efforts of The Firm and the media to smear her, I was woken up in the middle of the night to her crying into her pillow because she doesn’t want to wake me up because I’m already carrying too much. That’s heartbreaking.’ 

And trying to repair the relationship

‘I like to think that we were able to speak truths in the most compassionate way possible, therefore leaving an opening for reconciliation and healing’

On Meghan helping Harry into therapy

‘I saw GPs. I saw doctors. I saw therapists. I saw alternative therapists. I saw all sorts of people, but it was meeting and being with Meghan I knew that if I didn’t do the therapy and fix myself that I was going to lose this woman who I could see spending the rest of my life with.

‘When she said, “I think you need to see someone,” it was in reaction to an argument that we had. And in that argument not knowing about it, I reverted back to 12-year-old Harry.’ 

Using booze and drugs to cope with his mother’s death

‘I was willing to drink, I was willing to take drugs, I was willing to try and do the things that made me feel less like I was feeling.’

The royal said he would drink a week’s worth of alcohol on a Friday or Saturday night ‘not because I was enjoying it but because I was trying to mask something’.  

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