Princess Diana was worried about where the Prince of Wales was during their separation, a former royal butler has said.
In tonight’s episode of ITV’s Diana’s interview: A Princess’s Revenge, Paul Burrell, who was a butler for the Prince and Princess of Wales, alleged that Prince Charles was living a style of different lives when they weren’t together at Highgrove in Gloucestershire.
He said Princess Diana, who stayed primarily at Kensington Palace, would call him throughout the week to ask where Prince Charles was, but advised her to speak to her husband herself about the ‘time.
“Every weekend Princess Diana and the kids spent the weekend at Highgrove. But during the week I was the Prince of Wales butler at Highgrove. Now there were two very different lives at Highgrove – one a family unit and a single male life in the week, “said Paul.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell (pictured) claimed Princess Diana asked him where Prince Charles was while he stayed at Highgrove in a new ITV documentary
Princess Diana and Prince Charles (pictured) have spent more and more time apart following Prince Harry’s birth, with Diana staying primarily at Kensington Palace
“The princess would call me during the week and say ‘where is Prince Charles? And I was like “I can’t really say, you’ll have to ask him”. ”
When asked where the prince was, Paul said “he was seeing Camilla Parker Bowels. He was like, “Well, I feel awfully tired tonight. I think I will take an early night, I will have dinner at 7 instead of 8 ‘.
“So I had set up the dinner table and he was eating by himself, he was lighting the fire, putting on his dressing gown and watching TV – but as soon as I cleared the dinner the car was roaring in the driveway. ‘
According to one insider, everyone lied to Princess Diana “from the police to courtiers to the chef, knaves to footmen who all knew and subscribed to Princess Charles’ undercover relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles , but told Diana another story.
“People said ‘oh she was paranoid’ but she had every right to be paranoid because she was constantly lied to, not just for 20 minutes here and there, but for ten years. “
Insiders of the two-part documentary also claimed that Diana’s frustration with a “loveless marriage” led to her own affair.
The Prince of Wales told Princess Diana “he didn’t like her the night before their wedding,” the late royal’s astrologer also said in the episode.
Paul Burell (pictured) claims he informed Prince Charles to live a ‘single life’ and spend time with Camilla during the week
Astrologer Penny Thornton, whom the Princess of Wales began to consult in 1986, explained that Prince Charles made the remarks before their big day in 1981 because he “did not want to get married on false premises”.
ITV’s new documentary focuses on the inner story of Princess Diana’s 1995 interview with Mr Bashir that shocked the nation and thus threatened the future of the monarchy and the BBC.
Marking 25 years since Britain logged on to watch Diana brag on national television as she spoke of infidelity with James Hewitt, both episodes hear from those who witnessed her fairytale romance with Prince Charles sinking into bitterness and finally divorce.
Penny revealed, “One of the most shocking things Diana told me was that the night before the wedding Charles told her he didn’t love her…
“I think Charles didn’t want to enter the marriage on a false premise. He wanted to reconcile her with her and it was devastating for Diana.
“She didn’t want to go through the wedding at the time, she thought about not attending the wedding. “
James Colthurst, the Irish-born healthcare worker who was a close friend of Diana’s when she worked as a nanny in London before marrying Prince Charles, also appeared on the show.
The Prince of Wales told Princess Diana (pictured on their wedding day in 1981) “that he didn’t like her the night before their wedding,” the late royal’s astrologer said.
He said: “I remember she was getting more and more furious with what was going on and the fact that the whole organization, as she saw it, was helping to support the relationship between Camilla and Prince Charles.
“She would have moments of extreme anger and wanted to crush the mattress with the tennis racket and stuff, and I said, ‘Well, I think there are ways to prick the abscess. ”
Elsewhere in the documentary, royal journalist Jennie Bond revealed that Diana later told her that she feared she would be barred from speaking as part of a divorce settlement.
Recalling why the princess decided to speak openly about her marriage issues, Jennie said, “Diana told me that she was concerned that as part of the divorce settlement she would be gagged.
Astrologer Penny Thornton, whom the Princess of Wales began to consult in 1986, explained that Prince Charles made the remarks before their big day in 1981 because he “did not want to get married on false premises”. Pictured Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1992
“He would be prohibited from speaking publicly about the marriage in any way. It was then or never.
The divorce of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana was officially finalized on August 24, 1996, after a very public dispute.
The remarks made on the ITV program come after the BBC revealed it would be conducting a full independent investigation into how it got the interview with Princess Diana that aired on Panorama in 1995.
The broadcaster confirmed that an external investigation will examine how journalist M. Bashir pulled off the famous conversation with the princess.
The announcement comes after Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer accused the reporter of using “dirty tactics,” including produce false documents, to gain the trust of his family.
Tim Davie, chief executive of the company, said: “The BBC takes this very seriously and we want to find out the truth. We are in the process of commissioning a solid and independent investigation ”.
The BBC said it would conduct a full independent investigation into how it obtained the interview with Princess Diana that aired on Panorama in 1995.
The BBC boss confirmed that the terms of the investigation would be announced in the coming days.
Diana’s brother Earl Spencer criticized the BBC, claiming Mr Bashir had shown her “fake bank statements” to help her gain access to the princess.
The documents concerned alleged payments made to two members of the royal household by the security services to obtain information on the princess, the count claims.
He previously called for an independent investigation and tweeted that the company was “unable to honestly face the ugliness of this affair.”
The BBC’s announcement of an independent investigation today follows weeks of Earl Spencer’s campaign.
He claims Bashir repeatedly cheated on him in order to gain access to the royal as his marriage to Prince Charles fell apart.
The interview that followed made headlines around the world as millions of viewers watched her say “There are three of us in this marriage”.
His comments on the state of his marriage sent shockwaves through the monarchy and Bashir’s turbo-charged career, as he won high praise for a big journalistic scoop.
The BBC said Bashir was currently unable to answer questions as he was currently cleared by his doctors.
He said the reporter, who currently works as the BBC’s religion editor, is recovering from quadruple heart bypass surgery in addition to having “significant complications” after contracting Covid-19 earlier in the year.