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Princess Diana's Former Butler Calls the Queen & Prince Philip Complimentary Contrary Forces

Gaone Pule
Apr 13, 2021
11:20 A.M.
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Paul Burrell, Princess Diana's former butler, dished on Her Majesty, the Queen, and her now-late husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip's relationship.


Paul Burrell appeared on the British show "Lorraine," and discussed Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth’s romance over the years. Burrell joined Ranvir Singh as she asked him what defined the true love between the royal couple.

"Prince Philip was always attentive of the Queen; he was a gentleman, with the Queen. And he would mix her favorite martini in her sitting room at night and would take a glass to her while she was dressing," said Burrell.

Queen Elizabeth II waves while standing alongside her husband Prince Philip on the balcony of Buckingham Palace | Photo: Getty Images



He mentioned that the pair spent a lot of time together and described Prince Phillip as a “practical and a no-nonsense man and sometimes very gruff.”

Burrell admitted that the Duke used to intimidate him because he was “very aggressive sometimes and very vocal.” He revealed that he used to see grown men come out of his room in tears.


"Prince Philip always knew the direction; he knew what he wanted to do, what he wanted to achieve,” he said. Burrell shared the royal did not like the fuss and the pomp and pageantry around the Queen, but he put up with it.

Singh asked him if he made her laugh because he was a funny man. Burrell’s response was “yes,” while adding she always remained calm, and he was the one who would most of the time lose his temper.



Burrell reflected on how the Queen, 94, has come to terms with her husband's death. Burrell said the royal matriarch has “lost the captain of her ship” and that the prince ran the House of Windsor in private.

The 62-year-old said the Duke, who died at age 99, was the monarch's strong support system and her guide throughout their 73-year marriage and her 69-year reign.



The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their wedding anniversary five months ago. As of late, a back story of their sweet, captured moment that went viral recently resurfaced.

The image showed Prince Philip standing off to his wife's side as she walked by, grinning as she giggled. The explanation that had been circulating claims that the Duke was pranking the Queen by dressing up as a palace guard, which made her laugh.



When coming to their romance, the pair goes way back as Prince Philip first set his eyes on the Queen in 1939 when she was just 13 years old. He was the Prince of Greece and five years her senior.

At the time, the Queen and her sister Margaret were on a trip with their parents when she first met the Duke. It was reportedly the prince's good looks – fair hair and blue eyes that attracted young Princess Elizabeth.

She was reportedly truly in love with the prince from the very beginning of their encounter. Eight years later, in 1947, the royal couple got engaged and tied the knot that same year at the Westminster Abbey in November.



Their grandchildren's love stories are also intriguing. Prince William and Prince Harry met their now-wives unconventionally. The Cambridges began dating their 20s while the Sussexes only started in their 30s.

Their love stories differ as well as the timelines. Middleton met Prince William in college, and they dated for years before they got married, whereas Markle met Prince Harry on a blind date and got engaged a year later.