Princess Diana’s former butler is refusing to return to the UK – because he’s too famous.
Paul Burrell – who worked for the princess for 10 years until her death in 1997 – now lives in Florida and has told American fans it is too much of a hassle to go back to Britain as he is always being pursued.
However, Burrell – who recently admitted to lying during his testimony at Princess Diana’s inquest – failed to mention that he could be arrested as soon as he enters the UK on suspicion of perjury.
Speaking at a book launch in Memphis, Tennessee, where he posed for photographs, said: “This is what happens when you are attached to an icon. You get followed wherever you go and people take your picture. That’s why I’ve come to live in America – the greatest country in the world because that doesn’t happen in America.”
Burrell was also selling his own line of furniture, which he says was inspired by Buckingham Palace. According to The Sun, he told would-be customers: “There were four women who influenced my life – my mother, the queen, my wife Maria and Princess Diana.
“My furniture shows how the royals lived – private, elegant but not over the top.”
However, when someone quizzed him about his inquest shame, Burrell snapped: “I hope you can sleep at night.”