When Meghan Markle sits down with the rest of the royal family for their traditional Christmas dinner, it will be as if you are being transported into & # 39; another reality.
That is the opinion of Princess Diana's old butler Paul Burrell, who believes, based on his own experience, that the Duchess of Sussex will not be used to the intense four-day period that she will go through in Sandringham Palace.
After the year Meghan has gone through with her own dysfunctional family – from her father Thomas Sr. who participated in photographed paparazzephotos to the flow of half-sister Samantha's vile public outbursts – she would have the right to think that a glass of sherry with the Windsors would make a welcome change.
Yet 60-year-old Burrell warns that other king's specialists are out to challenge her at Christmas and she gives the advice: "Stay close to Harry and his grandmother … or you're in trouble!" ;
When Meghan Markle sits down with the rest of the royal family for their traditional Christmas dinner, it will be as if she is being transported to "another reality", says the former butler of Princess Diana Paul Burrell
The Duchess of Sussex must prepare herself for an intense four days at the Sandringham estate, which will be occupied by some of the greatest personalities and egos in the country, Burrell says.
Burrell, who served for 21 years as a lackey of the Queen and butler of Diana, feels great sympathy for the baptism of fire that Markle, 37, has undergone so far.
Although this will be nothing compared to what will happen to her on Christmas Eve when she travels to the estate in Norfolk, England.
Burrell explains that the festive period has always been used by the royal members to get favor with the monarch and Meghan must seize the opportunity to talk with Her Majesty about what awaits her after a tumultuous few months in which she is saddled if & # 39; difficult & # 39; and the debt for a break with sister-in-law Kate Middleton.
Burrell, who served for 21 years as a lackey of the queen and butler of Diana, feels great sympathy for the baptism of fire that Markle, 37, has undergone so far.
Burrell said: It is the most intense period of the year, I have been there for so many Christmas days, this house is inhabited by some of the greatest personalities and egos in the country.
"All these people are members of the royal family, they are all larger than life, have character to go with. Everyone drives to position and attention and they bounce off the wall after four days. It is like a pinball machine.
They all want to please the queen and want to have airtime with her, it is the only time they can sit down with the head of the family and make an impression.
"That's what I said to Diana when she first came into the family, trying to find the airtime with the queen, talking in her ear.
The best time to do it is when she sits at her chart table, before and after dinner, she will sit and play Bridge of Canasta and she will always ask people to join her, that's your chance to get quality time and tell the monarch what you think and feel.
& # 39; That is the time that Meghan should understand, not to talk with dresses and jewels with other royals, head for the queen. The queen is the most humble, approachable and friendly person you will ever meet, she is a great listener, nothing will shock her, she has heard everything and you can tell her everything, and it will be safe.
The Queen must be informed from the horse's mouth, if you do not, you do wrong, I hope Meghan gets this advice from Harry, Grandma knows it best.
& # 39; When you express your fears, she takes it on board and speaks to the right person. She will change the rules, she did it for William and Harry, she can do it, but only if she knows. & # 39;
Burrell, who after the death of Diana in 1997 stopped being a royal butler (together pictured in August 1997) and now manages a florist in Farndon, Cheshire, understands the royal environment of pressure cooker more than most
Burrell explains that the festive period has always been used by the royal members to get favor with the monarch and Meghan must seize the opportunity to talk to Her Majesty. Above Meghan is pictured during her first Christmas with the royal family in 2017
Burrell, who had been a royal butler after the death of Diana in 1997 and now runs a florist shop in Farndon, Cheshire, understands the printing chamber quality of the royal environment more than most.
He adds: "I personally think that she finds it difficult inside, nobody can prepare her for that, even on a film set, but this is the real world. Imagine, think of Downton, but do it. Sandringham is Downton Abbey on speed.
It is frightening when everyone around the table is a very famous person on the world stage, you can not often look at a dining table and think: & # 39; Oh my god & # 39 ;.
I am sure that Meghan will sit at that dining table with her heart beating twice, thinking: & # 39; Pinch me, is this really? & # 39; It is far from reality, so separate from our world.
& # 39; From the moment she arrives, she is met by a servant and a dresser, unpacking her suitcase and washing her clothes every morning and then packing her bag when the weather is over.
This will be an intense period until the moment she leaves, she will have to give up her time completely because it is about the royal family, she will have to understand that. & # 39;
Burrell is not surprised at the recent negative press around Meghan – stories that she demanded air fresheners at her wedding in the stale & # 39; Windsor Chapel and apparently Sister-in-law Kate did cry to fit daughter Charlotte's bridesmaid.
It is exactly what happened to his old boss, the tragic princess of Wales.
The 60-year-old has advised Meghan and said she should stay close to her husband Prince Harry and take advantage of the intimate environment to get airtime with the queen
The former butler warns that other members of the royal family will pick her up at Christmas to tell: "Kate came from their [sort of] background, Meghan is not like that. They will drop down, there will be pitfalls along the way & # 39;
Burrell said: "The Queen will be very aware of media attention [on Meghan]she reads every newspaper every morning.
She scans them all, then sees what they say and takes an informed decision, based on what she reads with what she knows. She can then know whether it is truth or fiction.
& # 39; She will try to solve it, she will put aside her grandsons and ask: & # 39; & # 39; Is there any truth in this? & # 39; & # 39; Or: & # 39; & # 39; I've heard this, how can I help you? & # 39; & # 39; She is their grandmother. She loves them very much and wants them to be very happy. The queen is their best friend.
Meghan has at least the support of Harry, he has been there, it happened, it is part of his world. This is the way Grandma does it, we respect it.
& # 39; She is just as old as when Diana died, so is a mature woman, coming from a mixed race background, and is American – these are the plus points that the royal family must embrace to get ahead in my eyes .
& # 39; But she will encounter resistance within the four walls of the royal house and they will be seen as negatives, such as Diana. & # 39;
This Christmas will be like nothing she has experienced – a British royal family that has been buried in history, tradition, protocol, timetable – it is a strict world, it is a world that Meghan is not used to & # 39 ;, says Burrell. Pictured: Meghan with relatives including her father Thomas Markle Sr.
Burrell continued: & # 39; Because Kate came from them [sort of] background, Meghan is not like that. They are going to drop, along the way there will be pitfalls, but Harry will catch her, so stay close to him. Nothing happens when you are near the grandson of the queen.
& # 39; But if you wander from him and start doing things yourself, problems may arise. & # 39;
This Christmas will be like nothing she has experienced – a British royal family that has been buried in history, tradition, protocol, timetable – it is a strict world, it is a world that Meghan is not used to & # 39 ;, says Burrell.
In the past years with the Markle family as a child, she would supply turkeys to homeless shelters in Skid Row, a square mile from downtown Los Angeles full of thousands of needy people packed in dirty tents on the sidewalks.
But that did not stop the Markle family from helping those in need with her now divorced parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, who insisted on distributing turkeys during holidays.
At one point, Markle even volunteered at Hippie Kitchen, a long-standing sober Skid Row kitchen.
In an essay on her humanitarian work, Markle later wrote: "My parents came from little, so they made a choice to give a lot: buying turkeys for homeless shelters at Thanksgiving, delivering meals to people in hospices, giving extra change to those who ask for it. & # 39;
In the past years with the Markle family as a child, she would supply turkeys to homeless shelters in Skid Row, a square mile from downtown Los Angeles full of thousands of needy people packed in dirty tents on the sidewalks
Meghan even offered at a given moment at Hippie Kitchen (photo) a long-standing Skid Row soup kitchen, wrote in her blog that she was influenced by her parents, who & # 39; from little came and therefore made a choice to much to give & # 39;
In an exclusive interview, her cousin Tyler Dooley explains that she always has the & # 39; common touch & # 39; has had.
He says: & # 39; She did not come from a royal background, but from a very modest beginning, but was just an ordinary man – as the British would call it. She was just a normal person, but she has always had this ability to help people and the power to change things.
She wants to put a smile on the face of people, she is happiest when she is between people who have nothing. & # 39;
Dooley lovingly remembers Christmas with his aunt Meghan, especially on one occasion, with Markle's father and his grandfather, Thomas Sr.
"I remember a Christmas, my grandfather took me, my brother and Meghan, and we went to the Los Angeles mall, and he literally said that you can get anything you want in the store. My brother and I looked at each other and were like: & # 39; & # 39; How cool is that? & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; My grandfather is like a big teddy bear. It was so cool, all Christmas lights, music playing, we ran into the toy store and we got everything we wanted, it was a great experience, "says Dooley.
Paul Burrell & # 39; s message to the royal family: "Stop Meghan, being hounded as Diana & # 39;
Paul Burrell, who served as Diana & # 39; s butler, warned the royal family to protect Meghan Markle from being chased as Diana was
Paul Burrell, who served as Diana's butler, has warned the royal family to protect Meghan Markle from being chased by the press as Harry's mother was.
He said: & # 39; It always happened, I knew when she stepped into the royal family, she would have the honeymoon period, then the wedding, all glorious, no word spoken to her, then it happens, the media are looking for another angle, it happened to Diana.
& # 39; She will have to face it and be difficult. But she has Harry there, he has seen it, she just has to listen to him and be a friend of his grandmother, that's all she needs.
"Rightly, William and Kate get better protection as heirs to the throne, but it seems to be open season for Harry and Meghan. It does not seem to matter to the press how much damage they cause – that is wrong, they are brothers with the same mother.
I just think there is a danger that Harry and Meghan push the wilderness, but they must be embraced and brought into the sheepfold.
Harry is open-hearted and impetuous, he wants to protect Meghan as much as possible, he's probably very frank and lets both barrels fly if they chase Meghan too far.
"He loves this lady very much and she is about to be the mother of his child. Cut her a little limp and leave her alone, she must be a mother and a woman, as well as a member of a royal family.
Diana was the darling of the press, got loose, then she was literally chased through the streets of London, she was being chased, I would not want this to happen to Meghan. Lessons have to be learned from the past.
& # 39; If we follow this path, Meghan will be in a similar position to Diana. That is unfair and not correct.
& # 39;[But] I think it would be so far that the queen would stop, she would not want what happened to Diana to happen to Harry & # 39; s wife. & # 39;