Monday 25 September 2017

US politician promised to make Diana First Lady of the US, Paul Burrell claims on Late Late Show

Paul Burrell on the Late Late show tonight
Paul Burrell on the Late Late show tonight
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Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell claims that a US politician promised to make her the First Lady of the United States of America if she married him.

Burrell, who was Diana's butler for 10 years, made the claim in an interview with Ryan Tubridy in tonight's show.

While he refused to identify the now deceased politician, he insisted it was not Donald Trump, despite the President's claim that he could have slept with Diana.

Burrell tells Tubridy that he was Diana’s go-between, smuggling her lovers into Kensington Palace in the back seat of his car.

Paul Burrell on the Late Late show tonight
Paul Burrell on the Late Late show tonight

“Everything in her world – I brought her food, drink, love. I was the go-between. I was invisible in those days, I was able to go out and bring in people in my car in the back seat with a coat over them,” he says. 

As well as her publicly known affairs with James Hewitt, Will Carling and Hasnat Kahn, Burrell tells the Late Late that she also had secret relationships with the US politician and a popstar.

He remains tight-lipped on the identities of the men, who were both unmarried, but says that the US politician was keen to make Diana his wife.

“The Princess gave me a letter one day and said 'would you deliver that letter by hand?' I looked at the letter and it said 'New York City'. I said: 'By hand?', she said ‘Yes, there is your airplane ticket’. I took the letter to the 44th floor of the General Motors Building overlooking Central Park.

Diana, Princess of Wales, smiling during her visit to Sudbury, part of her official tour of Canada, in 1991. The Princess is wearing a pink suit designed by fashion designer Paul Costelloe (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Diana, Princess of Wales, smiling during her visit to Sudbury, part of her official tour of Canada, in 1991. The Princess is wearing a pink suit designed by fashion designer Paul Costelloe (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

“It was a politician and he said to Diana: ‘if you marry me Diana, I will make you the First Lady of the United States of America’. It wasn’t Trump. It wasn’t him. She said to me: ‘Isn’t that exciting? Can you imagine? I’d come on a State visit to Britain and have to be a guest of my mother-in-law! How does that work?'” he says.

Burrell also tells the Late Late that he believes Prince Harry should marry Meghan Markle and that there is no appetite for Prince Charles to be king.   

The segment was pre-recorded in front of The Late Late Show’s live studio audience before last week’s Mary Black special.

Also on tonight's show, businesswoman Norah Casey will share her story of domestic violence in her first marriage.

The former Dragon’s Den star will speak openly for the first time about the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of her first husband before escaping and rebuilding her life, her career and finding love with her beloved second husband, the late Richard Hannaford.

There will also be a celebration of 50 years of Community Games in Ireland with rugby star Tommy Bowe, former Republic of Ireland international Niall Quinn and world champion walker Olive Loughnane.

The Late Late Show will also feature an interview with Paula Douglas, an Irish born American woman who was adopted here almost 60 years ago, about her search for the truth surrounding her birth and adoption.

The Late Late Show, RTE One, Friday, May 26, 9.35pm.

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