Paul Burrells brother recalls tragic moment he heard of Dianas crash
Paul Burrell’s brother recalls moment butler found out about Diana’s death
Paul Burrell has been welcomed back by Ant and Dec on I’m A Celebrity South Africa, following his original stint in 2004.
He has already opened up to his campmates about his closeness to Princess Diana and the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Before his return to the competition series, Paul’s working history was told in a Channel 5 series called Paul Burrell: Royal Service, Royal Scandal.
His brother Graham opened up on the documentary about the night police turned up to tell Paul of Diana’s horror crash in Paris.
He described Paul’s visible shock as he heard she had been involved in an accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel.
Recalling the events of the night of August 31, 1997, Graham said: “I was actually with Paul at Kensington Palace, we were woken in the early hours of the morning with police knocking at the door.
“I remember seeing policemen and Paul in the hallway, Paul on the telephone, comes off the telephone and said the Princess had been injured.
“He was like a rabbit in headlights. Everything, his job, his best friend, everything was in jeopardy.”
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After hearing of her death, Paul left to perform one final royal duty as he arrived before Charles and began arranging for her to be brought back to Britain.
Graham explained: “He just wanted to take care of all the loose ends and make sure everything was in order and protect her dignity.”
After her televised funeral, Paul was one of just two non-family members invited to her private burial at her family estate.
He was later heavily involved in her memorial fund, stressing in various interviews how it was a way of protecting her memory.
The fund closed at the end of 2012 and it was reported the money was divided between Princes William and Harry and given to their independent charities.
In a TV interview that featured in the documentary, Paul was seen saying: “For me it’s a way of carrying forward what I began 10 years ago in a private way.
“I can now look after the Princess in a public way.” He went on to appear at charity events as Diana’s representative.
Graham said: “The press got more interested in Paul after the Princess’ death because he was more out there, more visible.”
Paul Burrell: Royal Service, Royal Scandal is available to watch on My5. I’m A Celebrity South Africa airs on ITV on weekdays from 9pm.
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