Princess Diana’s butler says Meghan 'must stay close’ to the Queen

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Despite the royals gathering for Christmas, rumours of a royal rift between the young royals continue into the new year.

So much so that a new documentary called Kate v Meghan: Princesses at War? aired in the UK on Sunday, exploring the supposed rift between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.

Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell spoke on the program and had some advice for the Duchess of Sussex, The Sun reports.

“Buckingham Palace… it’s like Downton [Abbey] on speed,” Paul said on the Channel 5 program.

Paul Burrell said Meghan needs to stay close to the Queen. Photo: Getty

“Meghan should stay close to Harry and get to know his granny. She’s the one that matters most.”

Paul also said Meghan was coming out of things “like quite a diva”, warning her about the fact she would one day have to “curtsy to Queen Kate“.

Paul Burrell served as a footman for Queen Elizabeth II and butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, who once described him as “her rock”.

The comments come after a former acquaintance of Meghan’s claimed the Duchess is “not a person you can actually be friends with”.

TV insider claimed the former Suits star’s goal was ‘always becoming a household name’. Photo: Getty Images

The TV insider claimed the former Suits star’s goal was “always becoming a household name” and claimed she was very “guarded”.

“She’s insanely smart and poised, but very, very guarded,” the unidentified source told  Vanity Fair.

“She’s not a person you can actually be friends with. She’s the type of person who is best friends with her stylist.”

Meghan and the Queen already appear to get on well. Photo: Getty

Luckily the Queen and Meghan already appeared to be the best of friends during her first solo outing with the monarch just one month into her marriage to Prince Harry.

In June 2018, Meghan was Queen Elizabeth II’s plus-one for an official visit to Cheshire, England, and the pair appeared to be as thick as thieves during their appearance.

But just a few months later in November, it was revealed the Queen and Harry apparently got into a heated argument before his big day, and it was about Meghan.

According to a book by reporter Richard Jobson, a royal source revealed 37-year-old Meghan wanted to wear a tiara which featured emeralds, but there were concerns over its origin.

“Prince Harry hit the roof when they were told it was impossible for her to wear it,” the source said.

The royal insider however said the Queen wasn’t having a bar of it and told Harry “she gets what tiara she’s given by me.”

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