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Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell to marry his partner, Graham Cooper, in April

Former servant to The Royal Family turned reality TV star Paul Burrell, is to marry his long-term partner, Graham Cooper, next month according to reports.

57-year-old Burrell announced that he was to marry the 58-year-old lawyer on Monday, coming out as gay at the same time.

Speaking to The Sun, a source said: “Paul’s friends and family all know but for a long time he kept it a closely guarded secret.

“And for a time, literally nobody knew.

“He did share it with Diana while he worked with her because they were so close.

“But at the time she was the only woman he felt he could tell.”

Burrell has been a controversial figure since Diana’s death in 1997, having featured in the media and television reality shows.

He famously called Diana “lonely” and “desperate” whilst appearing in the UK TV show Big Brother.

He split up with his wife, Maria, who he married in 1983. The couple met at Buckingham Palace whilst Burrell was a footman to The Queen.

The couple released a joint statement confirming that they were divorcing.

The statement read: “Our clients Paul and Maria Burrell would like to end any speculation over the past few days by confirming that they are currently going through a divorce.

“The decision to file for divorce was a mutual one, both Paul and Maria remain the best of friends and have two wonderful sons who remain their priority.

“Paul and Maria will not be giving any further comments and would request that their privacy is respected during this time.”

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