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Paul Burrell squirms on live TV as Australian newsreader blasts him over Duchess of Cambridge comments

Paul Burrell, former butler to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, squirmed on live television on Wednesday morning after an Australian news anchor blasted him for comments he has made about the Duchess of Cambridge.

Karl Stefanovic, who presents Nine Network’s breakfast programme, Today, in Australia, couldn’t hold back when interviewing the butler, who said last week that the Duchess doesn’t have the “X factor.”

In an earlier interview with Nine News, Mr Burrell said: “I met Mother Teresa — she had it, Pope John Paul II had it, the Queen has it, Diana certainly had it. Kate doesn’t.”

He added: “[She is a] lovely, lovely girl,” but that “extra something, which you call the X factor,” is not there.

Mr Burrell was appearing on the Australian morning breakfast programme to discuss Diana in the run up to the 20th anniversary of her death. However, the interview took a different line of approach when Mr Stefanovic blasted the former butler turned reality star.

He asked: “We have a lot to talk about this morning, but first I want to ask you about your comments about Kate Middleton (sic) … That’s way too harsh, isn’t it?

“How dare you even say that!”

Mr Burrell responded in a blustered fashion: “Well, because you see, standing beside someone like Diana I saw something so special and so magical that I can’t — I have never seen that.”

Mr Stefanovic further challenged Burrell, asking whether he had even ever stood beside the Duchess.

“No, I haven’t. I don’t know Kate. I just see her the way you see her, through a lens,” he responded.

The news anchor further asked: “Why don’t you leave Kate alone?” he said. “Do you have some sort of oxygen deprivation at the moment? I mean, come on. She is a mother of two doing the very best she can. She’s awesome.” 

Stefanovic’s co-host, Lisa Wilkinson, intervened and began talking about Diana, Princess of Wales – much to Paul Burrell’s relief.

However, before the interview ended, Stefanovic made one last jibe, saying: “If William is king one day and I found out you had said that about Kate I wouldn’t be letting you back into the country.”

Paul 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” while appearing on the UK TV show Big Brother.

 

  • lmgill2

    He is a money grubbing disgrace! I am so sick of him making money off of Princess Diana while professing how much he loved her. He loved her b/c he made money while he was working for her and knew he could make money when he wasn’t. Just another leech! Stop interviewing him and cut off his money.

  • Elizabeth Pease

    Who cares what that idiot has to say. He spent more time with the Princess than with his own wife and two sons with his dangerous obsession of Diana.Then, he left them for another man. Why anyone would still care what he has to say about Diana and the rest of the family in an interview after almost 20 years since she died, is beyond me.

  • RoyalAustralia

    For once I agree with Karl Stefanovic. It was totally inappropriate for Mr Burrell to take a school girl, bitchy swipe at the Duchess of Cambridge. Why should Kate have to measure up to anyone? She is her own person. Mr Burrell is certainly aware of the mental health campaign being supported by the young royals. Surely he can see how his need to compare Kate to Diana is a perfect example of what Kate, William and Harry are fighting against. Shame on him.

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