PRINCESS DIANA’s former butler has warned Meghan Markle to “stay close to Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth” or she will be in trouble, as other royals plot to trip her up this Christmas.
Paul Burrell, who served as a footman to the Queen and butler to Princess Diana for 21 years, has told of his great sympathy for the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan Markle will spend her Christmas in Norfolk at Sandringham Palace with the Royal Family. The Duchess will be transformed into “another reality” when she sits down with the Royals for Christmas dinner, Mr Burrell warned. He told the Daily Mail: “It’s the most intense period of the year, I’ve been there for so many Christmases, this house is occupied by some of the biggest personalities and egos in the country.”
Mr Burrell, who quit being a Royal butler after Diana’s death in 1997, said: “All these people are members of the Royal Family, they are all larger than life, have character to go with it.
“Everyone is jostling for position and attention, and they’re bouncing off the walls after four days. It’s like a pinball machine.
“They all want to please the Queen and want airtime with her, it’s the one time that they can sit down with the head of the family and make an impression.”
Meghan has faced intense media scrutiny since marrying Prince Harry back in May.
Rumours of tension inside Kensington Palace have been circling for months and inside sources say the Duchess of Sussex is “fed up” of not being able to “stand up for herself”.
Mr Burrell continued: “At least Meghan has the support of Harry, he’s been there, done it, it’s part of his world.
“This is the way granny does it, we pay respect to it.
“She’s already the same age as when Diana died, so is a mature woman, who comes from a mixed race background, and is American – these are positives that the Royals should embrace to go forward in my eyes.
“But she’s going to come up with opposition within the four walls of the royal household and they will be seen as negatives like Diana did.”
Mr Burrell added: “Because Kate came from their background, Meghan isn’t like that.
“They are going to set traps, there will be pitfalls along the way, but Harry will catch her, so stay close to him.
“Nothing will happen if you’re close to the Queen’s grandson.
“But if you stray away from him and start to do things by yourself, that’s when there could be problems.”
Mr Burrell said this Christmas will be like nothing she has experienced before.
He added: “I personally think she’s finding it tough in there, no one could prepare her for it, not even on a film set, but this is the real world. Imagine Downton, but ramp it up. Sandringham is Downton Abbey on speed.
“It is daunting as everyone around that table is a very famous person on the world stage, there’s not many times you can look at a dining room table and think: ‘Oh my goodness’.
“I am sure Meghan will sit at that dining room table with her heart beating double time, thinking: ‘Pinch me, is this real?’ It’s far from reality, so detached from our world.
“From the minute she arrives, she’ll be met by a valet and a dresser, who will unpack her suitcase and wash and lay out her clothes every morning, then pack her bag up again when it’s over.
“This will be an intense period until the minute she leaves, she’ll have to give up her time completely as it’s about the royal family, she’ll have to understand that.”
Source: EXPRES CO UK