Rocking the boat

Did Princess Diana’s butler have a gay sex party aboard royal yacht?

Paul Burrell

Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, has come out as gay and announced plans to marry his boyfriend. Burrell divorced his wife Maria six months ago, after 32 year of marriage, and has said that for a long time only Princess Di knew he was gay.

But what is really causing an uproar, and upset from Burrell, are claims his agent, Adam Muddle, allegedly made to The Sun claiming that he once had a gay orgy on Royal Yacht Britannia. The sex romp is said to have occurred in 1981, and resulted in members of the Navy being dismissed, as homosexuality in the armed forces was illegal at that time.

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“Paul was there. But he wasn’t arrested or subjected to any sort of criminal charges, because he was the Queen’s right hand man at that point,” The Sun reports Muddle as having said.

“It’s believed the Queen pulled him to one side and told him how disappointed she was and told him he had to get back on the right track and find himself a nice girl and become married,” he continued.

The Sun also reported the following:

Paul’s involvement in the orgy was first hinted at in letters between him and a former pal, Greg Pead, who once claimed the pair enjoyed a romance in the 1980s.

Pead also told a 2009 television documentary that Paul had been given an ultimatum by his royal employers after being cleared — settle down or find a new job.

In further claims, former butler Paul also intends to reveal details of a “predatory gay culture” at Buckingham Palace while he worked for Her Majesty as a junior footman.

Mr Muddle added: “He’ll talk about life in Buckingham Palace, entering as an 18-year-old with no sexual experience whatsoever he soon learned that there was a gay predatory culture run by older gay men.”

Burrell is not happy with the reporting.

“I would like to unequivocally distance myself from the gutter quotes, attributed to my representative, that are not only unacceptable but totally misrepresent me,” he told MailOnline.

“I will review how and why this ‘pitch’ ever came to pass without my knowledge. I did not commission my agent to say anything along the lines of what’s been reported in The Sun.”

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Watch Burrell speak about his time with Princess Di below.

https://youtu.be/OPmqCqtO7sM