“It was very difficult for the princess to become divorced from Prince Charles,” he claimed while promoting his new documentary Princess Diana’s ‘Wicked’ Stepmother, which premiered on the Smithsonian Channel on October 28th. This is, of course, understandable considering she dealt with things like Charles’ infidelity with former flame, Camilla Parker Bowles, behind her back when they were together despite Diana’s love for him.
While it may have been tough on her emotionally, the split became somewhat of a financial blessing. “She eventually came into a great deal of money, in those days, when the divorce was finalized,” Paul continued. “And she became a very wealthy woman. And decided to double my wage. So I became the richest royal servant.” Well, that certainly worked out for him, didn’t it?
Paul also spoke of how naturally beautiful Diana was. “I think you would be very surprised to see a fresh face, scrubbed clean, in a white toweling robe at the end of the day. Because she was just as beautiful without makeup as she was with it.” He confessed that he never saw Queen Elizabeth do something similar — but did claim that the Queen walks around the palace at night “switching out lights because she wants to save on the electricity bill.”
The former royal assistant also talked about the upcoming documentary, which is all about Raine Spencer — a.k.a. Countess Spencer — and her relationship with Diana. “It would be ‘Acid Raine’ who Diana turned to when her marriage to Prince Charles went into free fall,” the documentary’s synopsis promises.
The project set out to uncover “this little-known part of Diana’s story,” and Paul explained that it “tells us of a relationship which grew from Princess Diana’s childhood into her adult years.”
Previously, Paul revealed to In Touch that he thinks Princess Diana “would have embraced” and “guided” her daughter-in-law Duchess Meghan Markle if she were still around, and that he sees she and Prince Harry “making their own rules” in the future. “The way Diana did,” he noted. “After all, Diana’s inspiration and Diana’s knowledge from the past is invaluable to them now … It’s so sad she’s not here now to enjoy Harry’s life and her new grandbabies.”
Reporting by Diana Cooper.
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