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Paul Burrell joined Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show this morning to discuss Princess Diana’s infamous interview with Martin Bashir. The former royal butler explained Diana would not be happy with Prince William and Prince Harry’s reported feud and vowed she would “bang their heads together”. The revelation comes ahead of a new Channel 5 documentary uncovering why Diana opened up to the relatively unknown BBC reporter 25 years after the interview.
Addressing Diana’s infamous interview, Lorraine asked: “Did she ever wish she hadn’t spoken out?”
Paul replied: “She wished she hadn’t said so much she said to me once because what she feared was what the boys would think.
“She feared the reaction from them because they were still children and to hear their mother say on national television, yes she was in love with James Hewitt and she adored him that would have repercussions on her children.
“And she was always thinking about her boys. Her boys were the centre of her world, they were her life nothing came before her children.”
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Lorraine remarked: “It brings me to wonder what she would have thought about the fact William and Harry aren’t getting along right now.
“It seems like a bitter break up if you like for want of a better word.”
Diana’s former butler continued: “Well you know there’s a void open between William and Harry and that void should be filled by their mother.
“She would be the one to bring them back together again and she’d probably bang their heads together and say, ‘Come on now don’t be so silly and let’s get on with this.’”
“And she always did treat her boys the same, they were exactly the same,” Paul said.
“She knew that one would be king one day and one wouldn’t.
“But everywhere she went with the children they were both the same.
“They were both her boys and she would want them to stand side by side.”
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Paul explained: “Ironically it’s going to be her that’s going to bring them back together again because July 1st next year would have been Diana’s 60th birthday.
“And the boys will stand side by side and unveil a statue to her memory in Kensington Palace Gardens.
“So the boys will be brought together again by their mother and I’m hoping from then on we can see an end to this spat that they’ve had.
“But you know it happens in all families Lorraine up and down the country, you know people are saying, ‘Well my son married a strong independent woman and led him on a different path.’”
“That’s exactly what’s happened to Harry. He’s married this woman who has ideas of her own,” Paul shared.
“He’s so besotted by her, he’s totally in love with her that she can’t do any wrong.
“So now he’s being led along her path. It won’t always be that way because I personally cannot see Harry happy in Los Angeles.
“All his friends, his family and his culture are back here in England. He’s not going to stand that forever.”
Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 9am. Diana: The Interview That Shocked the World airs on Channel 5 on Sunday at 9pm.
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