Princess Diana's butler breaks down as he reveals how he begged her to wake up in Paris morgue
In a recent interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Burrell claims he has stayed with friends with man of Diana's inner circle, a group that includes Sir Elton John.
Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell broke down on TV this week as he revealed his anguish the last time he saw the Princess, in a morgue in Paris.
Burrell, who is currently appearing on the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here, was seen sobbing as he revealed to fellow contestants that he literally begged Diana to wake up, when he saw her dead body.
"When she died, I sat with her, I held her hand and I said to her 'wake up, wake up, you're not really dead are you? You're still alive and you're playing a trick on me'," he said.
He continued: "When she didn't open her eyes I said 'why did you leave me here? Why didn't you take me with you? Because my place is to look after you'."
"I realised I had to take care of what she'd left behind here. She couldn't do that and she'd left me to do that, so I had to take care of her world and the people in it," he continued.
"For a long time I couldn't let go of that because as time passes she will fade. I'm beginning to forget what her voice sounded like. And forget what she smelt like. I don't want to forget that.
''The last thing she said to me, we were on the phone, she was in Paris, and the very last words were...'Promise me you'll always be there'."
Burrell, who was Diana's butler for 10 years (1987-97), however, incites no small amount of anger from members of the Royal Family who claim he's profiting from the death of the Princess, by releasing information that frankly cannot be verified.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Burrell claims he has stayed friends with many of Diana's inner circle, a group that includes Sir Elton John.
"Those people in her world didn't disappear, they stayed with me because they knew the truth," the 59-year-old told the newspaper.
Diana's sons Princes William and Harry considered Burrell's first two books about the Princess "a betrayal", and many question how close the two really were.