Paul Burrell grew from a member of the Royal household to the personal attendant to the Queen of England in the space of 21 years. He is best known for becoming the trusted personal assistant and confidante to Princess Diana. Paul saw the direct influence of the British monarchy in politics and affairs alike, making him one of the most sought after politics speakers in the nation. Paul worked in some of the most elegant and beautiful palaces and homes in England. Travelling further than just Great Britain and Europe, Paul’s multiple years of service with the British Royal Family gave him vast experience of the etiquette and lifestyles of monarchs and political elite in virtually every corner of the world. Delivering many anecdotal tales during talks as an after dinner speaker, Paul gives in an insight into the monarchy of Britain that only he can.
Paul’s exposure to fine homes, art collections and his lifestyle that ensued has provided him with all manner of expertise alongside his ability to provide great after dinner and keynote speeches. Paul has become a taste arbiter, an expert in wine, food, furnishings, flower arranging, etiquette and entertaining. Paul Burrell's childhood was far from the luxurious career he experienced. Born in 1958 into a working class family, he lived in a small terraced house in Grassmoor, a small coal-mining village in north England. Paul’s aspirations to pursue a career with the monarchy began at the early age of eight. After witnessing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Paul turned to his parents and said, “one day I’m going to work here".
His childhood wish came true, and at 18 joined as a Buckingham Palace footman. Paul consistently rose through the ranks during his career, before being asked by the Prince and Princess Wales to join them as their butler at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. Paul became responsible for private entertaining at their home and abroad, along with official and private visits for the most famous couple in the world. Describing his transition through the ranks of the royal establishment, Paul has seen everything there is to the running of the British monarchy, making him pre-eminent politics speaker.
Paul’s varied, extensive and illustrious career serving the royal family was recognised by the Royal Family in 1997, with the Queen awarding Paul with the Royal Victorian Medal. Paul is one of the great politics speakers, his first hand experience of Royal life makes his insights during his keynote and after dinner speeches invaluable, guaranteeing a captivated audience. After retiring from service, Paul published his memoirs; the book became a New York Times No. 1 bestseller. A Royal Duty portrayed his personal account of Royal service and his close friendship with the late princess, one the world’s most infamous public figures.