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Nicknamed her “rock” by Princess Diana, her former butler Paul Burrell has just come out as gay. The announcement came with more news. Burrell revealed that he will soon marry his long-time partner, Graham Cooper, in April of this year.
Burrell’s family and friends are delighted that the couple have decided to make it official. A source told The Sun: “He’s so much happier now that he can tell the world and be comfortable with himself and his relationship.”
Only Princess Diana knew Paul Burrell was gay.
One of his relatives said friends and family didn’t know about his sexual orientation for a long time. According to the same source, Burrell only shared this secret with Diana when he was working for her because they were so close.
The Huffington Post explains that the couple are going all out for their big day with a circus-themed ceremony at a five-star venue in the Lake District, in the northwest of England.
Burrell was married to a woman for 32 years. They have two children but divorced six months ago. The pair remain “the best of friends”, as was stated in a joint statement announcing their divorce last year.
The Sun writes that the former royal butler made “his millions spilling royal secrets after years working for Princess Diana.”
After Princess Diana’s death in 1997, Burrell wrote several best selling books about his time working in the Royal Household. In 2004, he also took part in the TV reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!