The royal family ‘could die out if they’re not careful’: former butler

According to Princess Diana’s former butler, the royal family is at risk of “dying out” if they don’t take care of their excessive lifestyle.

Paul Burrell, who worked for the late Diana for over a decade until her death in 1997, believes that once the public rises up, it will be “too late” to save Britain’s monarchy.

Burrell, 65, said it was important for the family to show they were “value for money” and “relevant to the present day” in order to maintain their place in society.

“The royals must not be seen as overly excessive because I think once the public doesn’t want them there anymore, they won’t be there,” explained Burrell, who has always been vocal about his thoughts about the royals and his partnership with them Online game Slingo.

“I think it’s a dinosaur situation. I always figured if they weren’t careful they might die out,” he continued, adding that they “need to be very careful about how they spend their money and how much money comes out of the private purse” is being used by the taxpayer paid.”

King Charles poses for an official portrait to mark his 70th birthday in the gardens of Clarence House, London, Britain, September 5, 2018.
Paul Burrell believes that once the public rises up, it will be ‘too late’ to save the British monarchy.

“I think the royals have to lead the way, they have to show the public that they are worth their money and that they are relevant to today, very important. I hope they get the right and sound advice.”

Burrell went on to say that he believes the monarchy is “worth every penny.”

According to a royal expert, Burrell’s comments came just days after Buckingham Palace was accused of subjecting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to a “brutal reality check”.

Paul Burrell.
Burrell also defends that the monarchy is “worth every penny.”
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Princess Diana and Paul Burrell
Paul Burrell served as Princess Diana’s butler.
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Harry was quietly stripped of his “His Royal Highness”. his profile page last week – prompting royal expert Richard Kay to describe the move as “brutal”.

Kay added that sources close to the monarch claim the royals are furious at “continuing” attacks from the Sussexes.

“A deep bitterness lingers at the continued attacks Harry and Meghan have directed against family members through his memoir and their various television interviews,” he wrote for the daily mail.

Britain's King Charles speaks to Princess Anne.
King Charles speaks with Princess Anne, Princess Royal, at Buckingham Palace following the coronation of Britain’s King Charles and Queen Camilla on May 6, 2023 in London, Britain.

Meghan Markle's birthday night with Prince Harry.
Buckingham Palace was recently accused of giving Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a “brutal reality check” by quietly removing “His Royal Highness” from Harry’s profile page.

The comments came on the heels of a recent report claiming the Princess of Wales was unwilling to forgive and forget Markle’s “ultimate betrayal”.

“Kate drew a hard line in the sand – she’s not changing her mind” about Harry and Meghan following her example Her explosive Oprah interview in 2021said a source OK! magazine.

“They never apologized for their lies. But it’s more difficult for William because Harry is his brother. It’s a terrible situation all around.”


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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