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Princess Diana's butler to wed boyfriend 9 months after divorcing wife of 32 years

Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell is to tie the knot with his boyfriend next month.


The 58-year-old, described by the late royal as her “rock”, will wed lawyer Graham Cooper during an intimate ceremony in the Lake District. Paul divorced wife Maria last year, after 32 years of marriage.

The couple, who have two grown-up sons, have been living apart for years with Maria, 62, in Florida and her husband running a flower shop in Farndon, Cheshire.


A statement released last June on behalf of the couple confirmed they were “currently going through a divorce”.

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

It is not known how long Burrell and Mr Cooper, who currently live together, have known each other or when things turned romantic.

They were both listed as directors of a company in 2011, and were pictured together in 2014 at the Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed & Breakfast, in Missouri, US.

It is believed that Burrell’s sons Alex, 27, and Nick, 24, will be at the intimate ceremony in April, for which wedding invites have been sent out.

Speaking last year Burrell told the Sunday Mirror:

“I still love my wife . Marrying her was the best thing in my life, and to witness the boys being born – nothing compares. It’s sad when people part, but it happens a lot.”

The couple met when they both worked at Buckingham Palace.

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