Princess Diana’s butler shares cancer diagnosis days after Prince Harry row
Princess Diana’s longtime friend and butler Paul Burrell revealed he has prostate cancer days after he was forced to feud with Diana’s son Prince Harry after he attacked Burrell in his book spare part.
Burrell tearfully shared the news in a recent interview on British television, in which he revealed the diagnosis was believed to have been made while he was undergoing a medical for a TV show I’m a Star All Starslast year.
Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine Kelly, Burrell said: “I’m tired, you see, I’m on hormone therapy and it’s kind of robbing me of my testosterone. So my beard isn’t growing like it should, I’m tired and emotional and I get hot flashes.”
When questioned by Kelly when he found out, Burrell shared, “Over the summer I had to go to the doctor for a TV show I was doing and their duty of care was that I had a full MOT. And it came out with a surprisingly high PSA, I had no idea what a PSA test was. Apparently it’s a chemical released by your prostate gland.”
“So I went to my GP and he said that was unusual, he examined me and said, ‘You look pretty normal’. So he sent me for an MRI scan and of course that was the window.”
Burrell then went on to share how he’s been feeling particularly down over the last few months and that Prince Harry’s attack was a “huge blow”.
“Why did he call me ‘Mama’s Butler?’ Why couldn’t he come to me personally and say he wasn’t satisfied. I always defended him, always, and now I’m like, ‘Harry, you lost the plan.’ This man has changed and he has changed. And I don’t know the answer. I’m sad about it.”
Burrell served the British royal family for years, first as a servant to the late Queen Elizabeth and then as butler to the late Princess Diana. He also published a book about his time with Diana, who became a target for Prince Harry in his bombastic memoir.