Tuesday 22 August 2017

Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell reveals he's 'marrying his lawyer boyfriend' nine months after divorcing his wife

Former butler to Princess Diana, Paul Burrell. Credit: Shaun Curry, Getty Images
Former butler to Princess Diana, Paul Burrell. Credit: Shaun Curry, Getty Images
File Photo Showing Diana, The Princess Of Wales, In London With Her Butler, Paul Burrell, In 1994. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here!' runner-up Paul Burrell arrives back at Heathrow Airport in London Thursday 9 December 2004, after his stint in the Australian jungle reality show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: Mark Lees/PA...A
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Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell is to marry his boyfriend this year, nine months after divorcing his wife, according to reports.

Burrell, who served as Princess Diana's butler for 10 years and was said to be her "rock," will wed lawyer Graham Cooper next month, reports The Sun.

The 58-year-old divorced his wife Maria last year after 32 years of marriage, with a statement from the pair released last June reading: "The decision to file for divorce was a mutual one, Paul and Maria remain the best of friends and have two wonderful sons who remain their priority."

It is not known how long Burrell and Cooper have known each other, although they were both reportedly listed as directors of a company in 2011.

File Photo Showing Diana, The Princess Of Wales, In London With Her Butler, Paul Burrell, In 1994. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
File Photo Showing Diana, The Princess Of Wales, In London With Her Butler, Paul Burrell, In 1994. (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)

A spokesman for Burrell told the Sun: "I can confirm their forthcoming marriage.”

Invitations are said to have been sent out for the couple's intimate wedding in the Lake District, with Burrell's sons Alexander (27) and Nicholas (24) expected to attend.

Since retiring as a butler, Burrell runs a flower shop in Chesire, England.

The former I'm A Celebrity contestant has always refused to comment on his sexuality, although he is said to have told Princess Diana that he is gay.

'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here!' runner-up Paul Burrell arrives back at Heathrow Airport in London Thursday 9 December 2004, after his stint in the Australian jungle reality show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: Mark Lees/PA...A
'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here!' runner-up Paul Burrell arrives back at Heathrow Airport in London Thursday 9 December 2004, after his stint in the Australian jungle reality show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: Mark Lees/PA...A

"Paul's friends and family all know but for a long time he kept it a closely guarded secret," a source told The Sun.

"He did share it with Diana while he worked with her because they were so close.

"But at the time she was the only woman he felt he could tell."

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