Garrulous former royal footman Paul Burrell has made a small fortune from the memory of Princess Diana.
Now he has cashed in once more having sold his florist’s shop in the Cheshire village of Farndon which came into existence, he says, thanks to Diana.
I can disclose that the former lorry driver’s son is to trouser £550,000 after putting the elegant Georgian property on the market. Burrell and his spokesman decline to comment.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell has sold off her flower shop in Farndon, Cheshire, pictured. He was forced to cut the £600,000 asking price by £50,000
Burrell, pictured with Lady Diana, right, in 1994, was accused of ‘overt betrayal’ by her sons Prince William and Prince Harry
‘The Princess set me up in this business, really,’ reflected Burrell, 60, after announcing the closure of his shop earlier this year.
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But I’m told that Burrell, who is now intending to travel the globe in Diana’s footsteps, had hoped for rather more. ‘He wanted £600,000 for it,’ says an observer of the Cheshire market, adding that the property includes a three-bedroom flat as well as the shop.
While he has always been willing to offer his thoughts about his former employer, Burrell is rather more coy about developments in his own life — memorably insisting after divorcing his wife Maria that he was ‘a single man’ — even though he had, by then, been enjoying an affair with lawyer Graham Cooper for nearly a decade.
No doubt Burrell, who married Cooper in 2017, a year after his divorce, will soon be displaying his customary talent for exploiting commercial opportunities.
His books so far have included In The Royal Manner: Butler To Diana and The Way We Were: Remembering Diana.
But it was his memoir, A Royal Duty, which caught the attention of Princes William and Harry, prompting them to issue an unprecedented statement.
‘We cannot believe that Paul, entrusted with so much, could abuse his position in such a cold and overt betrayal,’ it said.
Bob’s all white with band aid honour
Bob Geldof, pictured with Trudie Styler, wife of pop star Sting, warned about the dangers of nationalism when picking up a humanitarianism award in Italy
Grumpy old man of rock Bob Geldof was all smiles as he was presented with the Ischia Humanitarian Award by Trudie Styler, wife of pop star Sting, at the Italian Global Film and Music festival.
The 67-year-old Boomtown Rats singer and Live Aid creator was praised for fighting hunger and disease in Africa and used his acceptance speech to talk about the dangers of nationalism.
‘I am Irish, I know the damage of nationalism, and I always thank England for having welcomed me,’ he said. Geldof revealed he is yet to watch Queen’s biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in which he features.
‘I wouldn’t like to see myself as a character on the screen,’ he said. ‘But I am very happy with the great success of this film. Some parts that dealt with the Live Aid are fictionalized for dramaturgical needs, but it is not a problem.’
To think Geldof once boasted that he went into music only to ‘get laid’.
Lily Collins steps out with Malcolm McDowell’s son
Phil Collins’ actress daughter Lily, who played unlucky-in-love Fantine in the BBC’s Les Miserables, is enjoying better fortunes when it comes to real-life romance.
The 30-year-old made no secret of her affection for director Charlie McDowell when they went for a stroll in Los Feliz, in Los Angeles, with their arms wrapped around each other’s waists.
The 36-year-old son of A Clockwork Orange star Malcom McDowell and Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen previously dated Game Of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke, from whom he split in February.
‘I find that I’m really attracted to mysterious creatives,’ Lily has said of her taste in men. ‘I love people that are able to put their emotions out there for not just the world to see but [are] a little bit mysterious and elusive as well.’
Phil Collins’ actress daughter Lily, pictured right, was seen walking with the son of Malcolm McDowell, Charlie, left
Chart topper Lewis Capaldi is endearingly modest. The 22-year-old Glaswegian, who reached No 1 with the song Someone You Loved, admits: ‘When people ask what type of music I make, I say, “D’you know Adele? Imagine her, but she’s a guy and not as talented — that’s me.” ’
Farewell to the dog that howled with Sir Mick
Sir Mick Jagger’s ‘heartbroken’ daughter, Georgia May, revealed yesterday that their family dog, Guinness, has died.
The 27-year-old model shared a series of happy pictures of herself with the mixed-breed pooch, who was born in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where Mick has a home on the island of Mustique.
‘I love you so much,’ she wrote. ‘We will miss you with all our hearts. Guinness had a lot of friends on the Island. Thanks so much for loving him as much as we did.’
Guinness enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame in 2015 when the Rolling Stone, 75, posted a video on social media of himself singing while the dog howled in unison.
Sir Mick Jagger’s ‘heartbroken’ daughter, Georgia May, revealed yesterday that their family dog, Guinness, has died
Jason Donovan puts his foot in it
Jason Donovan limped through Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Tuesday after his foot got stuck in a trap door.
The star brought the London Palladium production to a halt for almost 15 minutes. An audience member tells me: ‘When his foot got trapped, he had this helpless look on his face. He pulled and pulled at it and couldn’t get it out and then a stage hand ran out and told them to drop the curtain.’ Donovan continued the show with a limp.
A spokesman says there was no serious damage and Jason was back on stage last night.
Star broadcaster Eddie Mair was poached from the BBC — where he was paid up to £350,000 — by LBC last year.
But the 53-year-old admits he no longer owns a wireless. ‘I’ve worked in radio since I was 17, but I cannot remember the last time I turned on an actual radio,’ Mair says. ‘In my house, radios have gone the same way as CD players and combs: superseded by improved technology or catastrophic hair loss.’