Princess Diana’s former butler has shared a snippet from a letter written by the late royal, linking her sentiments to Prince Harry and Meghan’s split from the monarchy.
He says the Princess of Wales’ words are “as appropriate today as they were when she wrote them”.
The handwritten note was sent from Diana to Burrell, who worked with the princess until her death in 1997.
He shared it on Instagram along with a black and white photo of Prince William and Prince Harry, with the caption:
“As Harry, Meghan and Archie embark on a new life, I am reminded of some poignant words which Princess Diana wrote to me many years ago.
“They are a mother’s words of unconditional love which are as appropriate today as they were when she wrote them over 24 years ago.”
Diana’s note read: “I love my boys to death and hope that the seeds I’ve planted will grow and bring the strength, knowledge and stability that is needed.”
Burrell has previously voiced his support for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, claiming Meghan was left to her own devices in finding her place within the royal family.
Speaking after Harry and Meghan’s tell-all interview in Africa, Burrell told Reuters: “There’s no guidance. There’s no support. There’s no rulebook”.
“Harry said that [he and William] are on different paths. I know what he means by that. William and Kate have a map in front of them. They’re headed for monarchy.”
In October, Burrell was asked about the speculation Prince Harry and Meghan were considering moving away from the UK and said: “I hope we don’t lose Harry and Meghan because they are a tremendous asset to the royal family, and to Britain.”
He also spoke about the couple’s relationship, saying it would withstand the test of time unlike Diana and Charles’ marriage.
“They didn’t have what Harry and Meghan have,” he told Reuters. “They didn’t have love.”
But in 2019, soon after Meghan’s baby shower in New York, Burrell seemed to criticise the Duchess for having an excessive celebration.
In a column for The Sun Burrell suggested Meghan’s baby shower made her look “more like Kim Kardashian” than a member of the royal family.
“I think William as well as Kate Middleton will be totally bewildered by why Meghan is doing all this, as there’s no excuse for over-indulgence or excess and that’s what it seems to me,” Burrell wrote.
“The celebrity world in which Meghan was submerged seems to be where all her friends are, and that can only spell disaster.
“The baby shower was obviously arranged to be in the spotlight. Why would you invite a CBS anchor to your event if it was private?”
It was a change in tune from a TV interview he’d given weeks earlier, insisting Meghan’s “diva” reputation was unfair.
“She’s a mature woman. She knows what she wants, and she’s out to get it,” Burrell told the TV special Kate vs. Meghan: Princesses At War?