Princess Diana said THIS was the day she realised her marriage to Prince Charles was over
Princess Diana’s former butler has revealed she confided in him about when she realised her seemingly fairytale wedding to Prince Charles was dead and buried.
Paul Burrell, 59, who worked for Princess Diana for 10 years until she died in a car crash, revealed the marriage was over as soon as she had given birth to the heirs to the throne.
He told Channel 4 documentary Princess Diana’s Wicked Stepmother: “Diana confided in me that on the night Prince Harry was born, she cried herself to sleep. She said, ‘I knew my marriage was over’.”
Prince Charles also told her that his duty as a husband was “done” after “he’d provided the country with an heir and a spare, and could now resume his relationship with Miss Camilla Parker Bowles”.
The documentary, which airs tonight, also reveals the former Princess of Wales initially hated her father’s second wife, Countess Raine Spencer, before the pair later made up their differences.
According to her voice coach Peter Settelen, she once pushed the countess down the stairs at the family’s ancestral home Althorp.
Diana and her brother Earl Spencer both told her to leave Althorp the day after their father died, despite his wish she remain at the estate for at least six months.
The countess, according to a former friend, also had no love for Diana, saying she “never read a book in her life”.
They added: “She has nothing to talk about beyond Duran Duran.”
The pair though later put aside their differences and grew close.
Diana also fell out with her own mother, Frances Shand Kydd after she labelled her own daughter “a prostitute” for her relationship with Dodi Fayed, during a phone call.
Mr Burrell, who once proclaimed himself Diana’s “rock”, recently came under fire after he claimed the Duchess of Cambridge could never match Diana’s legacy, saying she lacked the “X-factor”.
Speaking on Australia’s 9News recently, he said: “I met Mother Theresa. She had it.
“Pope John Paul II had it. The Queen has it. Diana certainly had it. Kate doesn’t.
“She’s a lovely, lovely girl. But that extra something, which you would call the X-factor — the magic quality, charisma — it’s not there.”
However, Mr Burrell was forced to backtrack on the remarks the following day.
Reappearing on the show in a heated argument with the presenter Karl Stefanovic, Mr Burrell apologised for his remarks, adding that the comments had been taken out of context.
Mr Burrell said: “What I was trying to say was Diana was unique and irreplaceable and she had that something, which is charisma or magic. I’m not quite sure what it is.
“Kate is a beautiful young lady. She is gorgeous, she has never put a foot wrong. She has the love and support of her husband and they are the future of the royal family.
“I think we should support them and maybe my comment was out of kilter. I didn’t mean it that way. What I meant was she is a safe pair of hands.
“Diana was much bigger, much more. Kate wouldn’t want to be Diana. She wouldn’t want to try to fill her shoes. That is an impossible ask.”
He added: “[Kate] is doing her job well. She is doing everything that she is asked to do and she is going to be our Queen one day. She has my support in that.
“But what I want to say is Diana had something more. She had that extra something more. She had that extra – I don’t know… magic.”
Channel 4’s recent royal documentary Diana: In Her Own Words was the broadcaster’s most watched factual show in three years with an average overnight audience of 3.5 million viewers.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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