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Paul, One Of The Queen S Personal Footmen, Met Diana During One Of Her First Visits To Balmoral Castle And While It May Have Been Fate That Brought Them Together, They Shared A Strong Bond That Endured To The End Of Her Life Burrell Became Diana S Confidant And His Unique Perspective Casts New Light On The Princess Of Wales And The Events That Would Shape Her Life And The Lives Of Those Around Her At The Time Of Her Death There Was Much Speculation About Diana S Future Plans Including Her Thoughts About Remarrying And The Possibility Of Relocating To America Paul, Who Was One Of The Last People To Speak With Her, Hopes To Set The Record Straight For The Princess He So Admired And Cherished Drawing On Private Conversations, Personal Recollections, Diaries And Letters, Paul Has Written An Extraordinary Account Of A Unique Time In The History Of The Royal Family

10 thoughts on “A Royal Duty

  1. says:

    The first chapters of this book are of Paul Burrell s rather boring life as a child Just like the most famous Hovis advert ever An idealised view of poor but honest people in the mining villages up North It s not phenomenally interesting.The next section is Paul getting a job as the lowest of the low, dish washer, in Buckingham Palace and working his way up to 12 years service as the Queen s footman The revelations of life in the Palace are quite entertaining Lower orders are not allowed to walk down the middle of the carpet, housemaids must hide in cupboards when royalty pass LOL It s a whole town in there, 300 people sneaking large quantities of gin and enabling the Queen to run the country Or whatever it is she does most days The dining arrangements are three dining rooms or was it four , lower orders right up to the Ladies in Waiting all of whom are aristocracy themselves and get wine with their meals The Queen is the camp of people Paul likes like most people in the UK who aren t mad keen to get rid of the freeloaders aristocracy and replace the system with a republic Actually they mostly like the Queen too.The Queen, revealed elsewhere, is a great deal in touch than people realise as one of her best friends is the working class lady who rose to be her ddresser and seamstress and dress designer and when in Windsor pops out for afternoon tea and telly with her most afternoons I like the idea of that.Then we have Paul marrying a housemaid and leaving Buckingham Palace to go down to Highgrove with the newly married Prince Charles and Princess Diana Paul does not like Prince Charles very much Prince Charles doesn t squeeze his own toothpaste for real , throws books when he has a tantrum and shouts, petulantly, I m going to be King Hopefully, not He s way too out of touch All his friends seem to be fellow aristocrats I was going to say he doesn t have the common touch, but I d be wrong, he has Camilla, and you can t get common than that Money and a cut glass accent doesn t enoble the character of a married woman who takes up with her ex lover right after his wedding and appears to have no interests other than drinking and redecorating a palace.Prince Philip, who didn t like this book, wrote to Diana, No one in their right mind would give up you for someone like Camilla I wonder how he got over that one with his son Paul kind of likes Prince Philip because PP liked Diana and Paul is utterly and completely obsessed with Diana, or at least she s his meal ticket for life and that s a good kind of obsession.Paul presides over the break up of Charles and Di s marriage, lying here, covering up there, spying there Good section He entirely takes Di s part, as do I She was just the last aristocratic virgin in Britain and therefore suitable to be a brood mare for an heir and a spare Poor girl There she was in that huge meringue dress, still a teenager, marrying a prince who said, at their engagement when asked by a reporter, that yes he did love Diana, whatever love is and gave Camilla a bracelet with their entwined initials the night before his wedding Diana when asked if she thought he would be a good king said, I think a life in Provence would really rather suit him Sly girl, with that reference to her late great uncle, the king who abdicated and got exiled to France over his love for a fellow nazi sympathiser enthusiast, Wallis Simpson.There is a long passage of life in Kensington Palace on a skeleton staff with Princess Di who is apparently a saint, patron saint of fashion anyway Actually I like Princess Di a lot, I had a small moment with her myself Yes really.There I was on a secluded beach on a very expensive little island with my hand painted t shirts displayed in coconut and sea grape trees when a lady comes over and starts going through them She holds them for someone else to see It is Princess Di and her kiddies They are sitting not 10 yards away from me I look at her and she waves The lady asks if she can take some t shirts over and then brings some back and pays for the ones Princess Diana kept She mouths over They re lovely and gives me a big smile and another wave My friend, on hearing this, who had the only hotel on an even tinier island sent over to Princess Diana s hotel a selection of sarongs Next day they were returned by the boatman with a verbal message, The Princess does not accept unsolicited gifts And she was so hoping for a note of thanks she could frame and use in her advertising LOL.Because of selling her t shirts, I had several very famous and rich clients coming to me for commissions So yeah, I was a major Princess Diana fan view spoiler Bet you never thought I was a t shirt artist and vendor It was very lucrative, I sold to three hotels as well, and I only had to bestir myself from my mountain top studio once a week hide spoiler

  2. says:

    I have a lot of thoughts about this.I really loved the beginning of the book The details about what it s like serving the British royals are fascinating How the castles are run, how the staff are trained and treated, is great stuff You can tell that Burrell greatly respects the queen and the prince consort, and they treated him very well also It was interesting seeing first impressions of Princess Diana joining the family, and what it was like for him to switch over to working for the Prince and Princess of Wales Although he s respectful of Charles, it s pretty hard to hide the fact that the guy is kind of a tool, and always has been, and you can see how Burrell became very fond of the less uptight, fun, Princess And then halfway through, things take a turn for the weird Once Charles and Diana separate, he lets his freak flag fly, basically He is so devoted to her, it s to the point of obsession He admits several times that he was a crappy husband and father, because he spent so much time with Diana He speaks about her as though she were a goddess, even while admitting that she could be rather capricious and even bitchy Diana got mad at his wife and didn t speak to her for TWO YEARS even though she lived in a cottage on the princess s property And did Paul attempt to step in and make peace Of course not If Diana hated his wife, well, that s just too bad for Maria, then What the hell, man He started to get and ingratiating and smug, constantly detailing how close his relationship with Diana became, how many gifts she gave him, how close he was to all her friends I didn t figure out why until the end, because I didn t realize that he d been taken to court supposedly by the Royal Family, but actually by the Spencers , and accused of stealing from Diana s estate The book is his attempt to set the record straight, but it s weird because it s almost two different books smashed together One professes his innocence, the other is a tell all about life in the palace Do I think he s innocent Yes Do I think he really was her right hand man, and one of her closest confidantes Yes Do I think, however, that he is a total basket case, still obsessed with her Yes Do I find it super tacky that he kept alluding to a secret only he knew, and would never tell YES I DO If you re the Princess s secret keeper, and you feel that confidence extends beyond her death, then stop freaking telling everyone in the world you ve got a secret, and then being coy about it Ugh.

  3. says:

    I can t understand why the British people hated him for writing this book If anything it made the royal family look good b c we were able to understand their side by him writing Diana s side of the story It really was a great book It bothered me that Paul and his family had to go through all that court drama for as long as he did and all of a sudden., poof the queen ended the madness in one converstaion that should have taken place a YEAR EARLIER

  4. says:

    Interesting if gossipy Not sure why the bulter and author feigns surprise at the response of Diana s sons He is very disingenuous in pretending anyone put them up to asking him to not publish How devastating for them At the same time, they pay their employees appalling little for basically round the clock labor Not sure why the firm thinks it s such an honor to pick up their stanky drawls Loyalty is best expected on a competitive salary

  5. says:

    I enjoyed the first part of the novel, especially the descriptions of the Queen and the whole Buckingham palace life, I found it truly fascinating But when the focus changed to Princess Diana and Paul s relationship with her and that was..unsettling I understand that he tried to make her look as human as possible while also telling the truth about the last years of her life But their relationship was extremely unhealthy, in my opinion He spent pretty much all the time with her despite having a wife and two kids, just because she was basically paranoid and didn t trust other staff so he did the job of three people all by himself His wife should be proclaimed a saint for not leaving him even after the princess almost rejected her entirely and didn t speak to her for a year while her husband did nothing to mend the situation I think the emotional dependence on both Paul s and Diana s side was way too big and that was the problem Overall, that was an interesting and emotional read but a lot of parts concerning Diana were quite unsettling and even controversial in a sense.

  6. says:

    Five years after Di s death, Burrell, during the Old Bailey trial, became suicidal and wished to die so that he could be with his precious princess again In my opinion, the man is obsessed with Di in a most unhealthy way and I m honestly surprised his wife Maria hasn t divorced his pathetic ass by now I think Maria said it best Diana had you by the balls when she was alive and she s still got you by the balls I really don t get the pathological obsession with a narcissistic borderline personality Burrell gives off the furtive air of having tried on Di s underwear and cocktail dresses whenever she was away from Kensington Palace.Burrell s writing is so shaky you feel compelled to hold the book extra firmly so that it doesn t disintegrate in your hands He contradicts himself and stuffs his nose up Di s ass so far that I was straining for any sign of light at the horizon Worst of all, logic seems to elude him For example, he complains that people are diagnosing Di as having had borderline personality disorder without her being alive to defend herself Well, Burrell, I ve got some interesting news for you A Di displayed nearly every aspect of BPD during her lifetime, and B people with BPD will naturally deny they have the disorder and will find a way to make it look as though their accusers are inherently fucked up I may know one or three people with BPD in my daily life Burrell, please, seek professional help There s no shame in it and it might help you figure out who your real wife is I know you re a bit slow, Burrell, so I ll spell it out M a r i a and who was just a narcissistic asshole using you as an emotional punching bag that would be D i a n a.

  7. says:

    Burrell tells this sad story with love and respect Their friendship must have been wide and deep It s obvious that this emotionally dependent and abandoned Princess needed someone With two sons the same age has her sons, and a friendly wife, and a good understanding of the people in her life, Paul Burrell was perfect for meeting Diana s need for emotional support Her needs matched his need for friendship and laughter as well his sense of duty, commitment to the monarchy and workaholic streak As we read on, we realize his emotions are as honest and genuine as hers were.This book lays bare the hypocrisy of the Spencer family, the originators of Diana s troubles It further amplifies the popular, but inappropriate, funeral oration of her brother Diana s prescient letter about her own death leaves us with a Warren Commission kind of feeling Do the circumstances of her death, in any way, relate to Burrell s subsequent legal problems Was Diana, as she writes the Duke, a family facilitated cover for Camilla whom, as it was presumed at the time, Charles could never marry Is Camilla a decoy for our attention for a Charles we cannot imagine Why was Charles told that Burrell sold Diana s gifts Burrell is ever loyal He describes upstairs downstairs life the staff walks on the edge of the fluffed up carpet, when you get promoted you get a better bedroom, funny antics that derive from the need to work unseen, but none of it is sensational No provocative royal secrets of the family are revealed We learn only of Diana s private life what she would want us to know He protects Diana s memory and protects the royal family as well.The trauma of having the trail was reminiscent of parents of SIDS victims being held as suspects Maria Burrell was a strong woman to understand Paul and live through this They are truly exceptional people who rose to an unusual occasion in history,

  8. says:

    I have never, that I recall, read a trashy tell all book I got this book in a mixed genre lot I purchased on ebay It sat on my shelf for a very long time, until the anniversary of Princess Diana s death a few weeks ago, got me to thinking about pulling this one out It didn t read like a gossip book It was about the life of butler Paul Burrell and his close relationship to the princess About half way through it, I started to get tired of it All these rich spoiled people and the back stabbing etc Mr Burrell seemed to have gotten caught up the cycle so much so that he put his own family on the back burner so he could be as involved as possible in the daily life of Diana It was all rather pathetic She never should have allowed staff to become confidants, although many isolated wealthy people have found staff to be over loyal In this instance, her taking the butler into her confidence and allowing him to have access to personal papers etc, came back to bite him, when he was accused of stealing personal items that had belonged to Diana The court case fell apart, but his entire life was wrecked Ultimately, a depressing book Interesting at times but could have been cut a little shorter as it started to become redundant.

  9. says:

    I read this book a long time ago and remembered when I saw it here, that I really, really enjoyed it back then let me begin by saying that the Butler did it What I enjoyed most about it was the insight into the life of the Royals at Buckingham Kensington Palaces, the awe and amazement that Burrell gets across of the young princess being portrayed as vulnerable as anyone else, a normal young woman, a tad spoiled perhaps, but overwhelmed and having to deal with everything that was happening to her under the world s microscope It also touches on the early days of William and Harry and what they were like as children In general, it struck me that Diana s relationship with Burrell was like any woman s whose best friend is a gay man the question of his sexuality irrelevant to me completely unaware of that at the time of reading this book and not entirely suggestive of the class distinctions If you like to read about the Royals, this book is written in a simplistic, tell all style which for me was a pleasure to read It gives a good picture too, of the infrastructure below stairs, the kinds of things that go on in the staff quarters.

  10. says:

    Insofar as Burrell gives details into the royal palace and life therein, it s an interesting read for the novelty value Burrell is a master of the use of full stops or periods, as Americans say it The parts about his trial and the life of Princess Diana would only really be enjoyed by a Diana fanatic, and I m not one His account of the last two events are tinged with bias and are obviously one sided, but the fact of the matter is that his trial collapsed and he was therefore innocent of the charges However it does get very annoying when he makes a big deal out of the fact that the late Princess allegedly disclosed some huge secret to him and then childishly refuses to tell the reader or the inquest into the Princess death for that matter what that secret is Either tell us what it is or don t tell us there was a secret at all No re read quality whatsoever, I only paid 3 for it in a second hand book shop and its going straight back to said bookshop.