Princess Diana burst into tears after listening to ‘disrespectful’ phone call from Martin Bashir, says her butler Paul Burrell
- Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell claims that Martin Bashir made the princess sob
- Princess Diana was “shocked” after listening to Bashir questioning Mr. Burrell
- Former butler alleges that Bashir called repeatedly to ask for information about Diana
A ‘disrespectful’ phone call from Martin Bashir left Princess Diana sobbing ‘how could he be like this?’, Her former butler Paul Burrell claims.
In a five-minute phone call to Diana’s butler at Kensington Palace, Mr. Burrell claims that Bashir brutally pushed him for information about the princess’s whereabouts and what ‘boyfriends’ she’d met – while secretly listening in.
Mr. Burrell told The Sun on Sundays that Diana “was dumbfounded by his [Bashir’s] irreverence, “as the reporter had always politely addressed her as” Your Royal Highness “to her face.
The former butler claims that Bashir called him repeatedly to win him over and inquire about Diana’s movements, but that his job was too valuable for him to disclose information about the princess.
A ‘disrespectful’ phone call from Martin Bashir left Princess Diana (left) sobbing ‘how could he be like this?’, Her former butler Paul Burrell (right) claims.
On this particular day in 1996, Diana reportedly walked into the butler’s pantry halfway through the conversation and overheard the reporter saying “ shh ” to Mr. Burrell, then pressed her ear to the phone to finish the couple’s conversation. to hear.
Mr. Burrell told Sun on Sundays: ‘Martin was very disrespectful, everything was’ she’ this and ‘she’ that. He asked where she was and “Has she been out with one of her boyfriends again?”
He also spoke as if she were fleeting. He complained that she didn’t answer his calls or share with him as much as he wanted. It was a very awkward moment. ‘
At this point, Mr. Burrell claims that Diana was so ‘shocked’ and ‘betrayed’ to hear how Bashir spoke of her that she burst into tears and ran out of the room.
Mr. Burrell claims that Martin Bashir (pictured in 1995) rashly urged him to find out information about the princess’s whereabouts and what ‘boyfriends’ she had met – while listening in secret.
Mr Burrell claims that this was when Diana broke off her friendship with the reporter, who allegedly told her before receiving the 1995 Panorama interview with her that he ‘didn’t have much money’ and needed help to get his career at the BBC.
The butler – who served Diana from 1987 to 1997 – previously told how the BBC presenter was like a ‘little kid excited in a candy store’ when he led Bashir to Kensington Palace to meet Diana prior to the interview.
He said the reporter was “only too happy” to talk to Diana after she refused similar interviews with other broadcasters, but said Bashir had been “deceitful.”
Diana and Prince Charles’s two sons both condemned the interview following the Dyson investigation into the BBC and Martin Bashir’s actions regarding their mother’s 1995 interview.
The Duke of Cambridge said Bashir’s deceit in obtaining his 1995 interview with Princess Diana hastened his parents’ divorce and “ hurt countless others’ ‘in an unprecedented battle against the shamed BBC.
The BBC presenter was like a ‘little kid excited in a candy store’ when he led Bashir to Kensington Palace to meet Diana prior to the interview, Mr Burrell claimed.
His brother Prince Harry – who lives in California – also responded to Lord Dyson’s damning report on how the interview was obtained, saying that his mother “lost her life because of this.”
But in early 1997, her relationship with the reporter changed, with Diana telling royal correspondent Richard Kay that she had signed a book deal with the publisher Random House.
The book would become a collection of her speeches, illustrated with photos of her at the events with ‘Estimated sales will be £ 2m to £ 3m worldwide ”, of which Bashir would receive a“ £ 100,000 discount, ”she told Mr Kay.
Diana said to Mr. Kay: ‘[Bashir] always complained about money, not getting paid enough by the BBC ‘.
She later added, ‘Whenever Paul [Burrell] drives him, he pumps him for information, wants to know who I see, what I do. ‘
Mr. Burrell alleges that Diana pulled out of the deal after overhearing the 1996 phone call from Bashir.