Paul Burrell says he was ‘frightened’ of Prince Philip: ‘He was aggressive and very vocal’

Prince Philip ‘was sometimes very rough’ says Paul Burrell

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Paul Burrell, 62, has admitted the late Prince Philip made him feel “frightened” sometimes, as he joined Ranvir Singh on Lorraine this morning. The former royal servant said he had at times seen the Duke Of Edinburgh reduce “grown men to tears” while working inside the palace.

He frightened the living daylights out of me

Paul Burrell

Paul recalled: “He was sometimes very gruff and, at times I have to tell you Ranvir, he frightened the living daylights out of me.

“Because he was very aggressive and very vocal. I’ve seen grown men come out of his room in tears because Prince Philip always knew the direction. 

“He knew what he wanted to do and what he wanted to achieve,” he added.

Paul shared that one time the Duke had decided to suddenly renovate their Sandringham home, when his meals continued to arrive cold

He continued: “I mean he pulled half of Sandringham down to reinvent the kitchen to be nearer to the dining room.

“Because he suddenly realised all their food was cold by the time it got to the table.”

Paul entered Royal Service at age 18 as a Buckingham Palace footman, becoming the Queen’s personal footman a year later. 

In 1987, Paul joined the household of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Highgrove House, Gloucestershire, acting as butler for her until her death in August 1997.

Elsewhere in their chat, Paul and Ranvir discussed the Queen and Prince Philip’s 73-year marriage.

Ranvir asked of the Duke: “Did he make her laugh? That’s what we all wonder don’t we, because he was funny in his own ways, but sometimes a bit offensive. 

“Did he make her giggle?”

Paul answered: “Yes but she was always calm, he was the one who was off like a volcano. 

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“I remember once I was in the sitting room, and the bedroom door was trying to open into the sitting room. The corgis were fast asleep like door stops and he couldn’t get through. 

“He was cursing and shouting behind the door. He came through and said, ‘I don’t know why you have so many bl**dy dogs’.”

“She looked at him calmly and said, ‘But darling, they are so collectable’.”

Philip, who died on Friday aged 99, had made a series of documented gaffes over the years, including saying “British women can’t cook” in 1966.

Prince Philip’s funeral will take place in Windsor on Saturday.

He is said to have wanted a funeral with “little fuss” and therefore will not be having a state funeral in line with his wishes.

Around 30 mourners are said to be attending to pay their respects in line with the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

Prince Harry landed at Heathrow airport yesterday and is currently isolating before he is set to make an appearance at the funeral.

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