Queen Elizabeth II gave up on alcohol after her husband Prince Philip died, reveals former royal butler
LONDON, ENGLAND: Paul Burrell, who served Queen Elizabeth II as a royal butler for 11 years, expressed his grief over her death. The Queen peacefully died on September 8 at the age of 96. Paul Burrell, while speaking with the Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O, recalled some of his most memorable moments with the Queen.
The 64-year-old, who also served as a personal butler to Princess Diana until her untimely death, spoke about Queen Elizabeth’s nature revealing how thoughtful she was with a "great sense of humor." He shared how she look after the people who took care of her adding that she always took interest in people’s personal lives. Footman to the Queen, Paul Burrell joined the royals at the age of 18 also sharing how. He expressed his grief on Queen’s death saying he was extremely saddened by the unexpected news.
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‘Since Prince Philip died, she hasn't had a drink at all’
Paul Burrell, in the interview, claimed that the Queen gave up on alcohol after her husband Prince Philip died in April last year. He spilled the beans saying she no longer had her evening gin and only consumed apple juice and tomato juice on doctor's orders.
“Since Prince Philip died she hasn't had a drink at all, she's been drinking apple juice and tomato juice on doctor's orders”, said the former Royal butler adding, “Before that she loved a gin and tonic and she could drink several in an evening and a martini. She loved a drink!" as reported by The Daily Mail.
‘I was the contact between her and the outside world’
Paul Burrell, while speaking of the Queen’s death, said he was “very sad” to lose someone “so inspirational and selfless and caring.” He added that he got concerned for her health when he saw her with the new British prime minister, Liz Truss, a few days ago. “I knew the queen was unwell but I didn't think she was this unwell. I saw her with the PM yesterday and I thought oh my goodness you don't look very good," said Paul.
He also shared, “She was an inspiration to me when I joined her at 18. I was her personal footman so I was with her on a daily basis to make sure she got her mail and her telephone calls. I was her boy. I was the contact between her and the outside world.” The late queen, who was reportedly suffering from ill health and mobility issues for some time now, died at her Balmoral residence just a few days after meeting UK's new Prime Minister Liz Truss on September 6. Buckingham Palace had tweeted a statement earlier on September 8 that revealed that the Queen had been "under medical supervision" at Balmoral after royal doctors expressed concerns about her health.