Kate Middleton: What She Can Learn from Princess DianaMariaLianos
Paul Burrell, the former butler to the late Princess Diana, has warned Kate to be careful because the royal house is just as traditional as it’s ever been.
“Nothing has changed in the royal household since the time of Queen Victoria, and it remains a very old-fashioned house,” Burrell warns, in a new interview.
“Be careful, Kate. Try to draw on the experiences of your late mother-in-law and understand that not everyone in the royal household has your best interests at heart.”
Burrell told Australia’s New Idea that Kate should choose her words wisely to lean on Prince William if she isn’t sure. “He is wise when it comes to the press and will guide you,” Burell said.
Burrell shared some other things that Kate can learn from Diana’s royal experiences:
“Be yourself. Many have tried to emulate Diana — her clothes, mannerisms and hair. You don’t need to. Just be yourself and you’ll be a marvelous princess.”
“Don’t be afraid of the Queen. Her Majesty is one of the friendliest, most approachable ladies. The way to her heart is through her corgis, so accompany her on walks often.”
“Make friends with the palace’s downstairs (staff). Make friends in low places, because it is the downstairs that makes the upstairs work.”
“It’s not the royal family who are the snobs at Buckingham Palace. The real snobs are the people who work on behalf of them.”
Burrell worked for the late Princess for ten years until her tragic death in 1997. Hewas criticized and widely accused of betraying the princess by writing a series of tell-all books.
Burrell, 52, has also been struggling to get back his reputation after he was acquitted of stealing from Princess Diana’s estate back in 2002.