Former butler of Princess Diana Paul Burrell claims that he is her infamous & # 39; Vanity Fair party & # 39; revenge dress & # 39; has chosen a documentary that shares secrets of the royal wardrobe
- Princess Diana is astonished at Christina Stambolian at the 1994 Vanity Fair party
- Prince Charles had revealed his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles to the world
- Former butler Paul Burrell claims he has the iconic black & # 39; revenge dress & # 39; from Diana chose
- Channel 5 & # 39; s Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m.
The former butler of Princess Diana has claimed that he was the one who put her legendary little black & # 39; revenge dress & # 39; picked out on the night of the Vanity Fair Summer Party in 1994.
Paul Burrell, 61, who served the royal family for a number of years as the queen's footman before becoming the butler of Diana, appears tonight in Secrets of the Royal Dressmakers, broadcast on channel 5.
He talks about comforting Princess Diana on the day that a shocking documentary was released about Prince Charles's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
Diana, who had built up a reputation as a fashion icon, was planning to attend a charity event at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park, but didn't feel upset after her ex-husband's unveiling.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell, 61, claims that he has advised Diana to take her infamous & # 39; revenge & # 39; dress (photo) to wear to the Vanity Fair Summer Party 1994
Paul (pictured in 1997 with Princess Diana) says the royal was uncertain about attending the annual event because a documentary revealed that Prince Charles was cheating on her due to broadcast
& # 39; The Prince of Wales had decided to tell the world that he had committed adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles on national television & # 39 ;, says Paul.
& # 39; The night that was broadcast, the princess would go to the Serpentine Gallery for her friend Lord Palumbo.
& # 39; She said, "I cannot go, I cannot meet the world knowing what Charles has just said. And at least I have nothing to wear". & # 39;
The former butler claims that he then went to her wardrobe and selected her spectacular Christina Stambolian dress and convinced her to fit it, but she hesitated to fit it.
Princess Diana (photo) made the decision to wear Christina Stambolian at the last minute after being angry at a Valentino press release
He continues: & # 39; I said, "Give it a try." She slipped into it, I zipped it close and she looked a million dollars. & # 39;
Diana had bought the dress three years ago, but was afraid it was too risky.
The last-minute decision to wear Christina Stambolian came after a press release from Valentino that upset Diana because she suggested she would wear one of their designs because the & # 39; overbearing & # 39; used to be.
The close-fitting black & # 39; revenge & # 39; Dress became one of the most talked about looks of the princess of all time.
Commentators in tonight's Channel 5 documentary agree that Diana her appearance & # 39; armed & # 39; as a way to prince Charles & # 39; two fingers & # 39; to give for cheating.
A new Diana was born after her divorce from Prince Charles (pictured together in 1993), who saw her racing hemlines and high heels
An estimated 14 million people saw Prince Charles stumble over his friendship with Camilla in conversation with Jonathan Dimbleby.
However, it was Diana & # 39; s dress that made headlines around the world.
After the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana in 1996, the princess began to wear racer hemlines and higher heels while presenting a new image.
Previously, the Royal had also been limited to wearing predominantly British designers – but not anymore.
& # 39; The world of fashion was completely open to her, she could do what she wanted. One of the first things she did was wear high heels & # 39 ;, says Royal designer David Sassoon.
& # 39; Her skirts were shorter, her clothes became much more openly sexy and she really came into her own as a very glamorous, starry princess. & # 39;
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