Princess Diana ‘cried listening to call with Martin Bashir,’ says Paul Burrell

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Princess Diana's former butler Paul Burrell has claimed she once broke down into tears after listening in on a call between himself and BBC journalist Martin Bashir.

Paul explained that Bashir called him every week "in vain" to ask about the Princess of Wales' whereabouts, what she had been up to and if she had been meeting boyfriends in private.

During one of these conversations, Diana had returned home and decided to put her ear next to the phone to hear what Bashir, 58, was asking about.

“When he rang that day the princess had just come home, and I kept him on the line in case she wanted to talk to him," Paul told The Sun on Sunday.

He continued: “I remember him asking, ‘Is she keeping you busy, is she running your legs off as usual?’ I heard her steps coming towards my pantry, and as she came in she mouthed, ‘Who is it?’

“I mouthed ‘Martin’ and she went, ‘Shh,’ and put her ear next to mine."

Paul went on to explain that the reporter, who recently insisted Diana "wanted" to do the Panorama interview, was acting impolite over the phone.

He said: "Martin was being very ­disrespectful, everything was ‘she’ this and ‘she’ that. He was asking where she was and, ‘Has she been out with one of her boyfriends again?’ He also spoke as if she was flighty.

"He was complaining she wasn’t taking his calls and wasn’t sharing as much with him as he wanted her to. It was a very uncomfortable moment."

Clearly upset, Paul said Diana looked at him to indicate if this is the way Bashir always spoke about her to him. The 62 year old explained that Diana was "seeing a different side to him and she was shocked, absolutely gobsmacked by his irreverence."

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Paul, who recently said Prince Harry will be "broken" after "realising what he's done", continued: “Whenever he addressed her in person he was always very polite and would call her ‘Your Royal Highness’. This was, to her, like listening to a different person.

“After I put the phone down, she looked distraught and she said to me, ‘How could he be like that?’ I knew from the look she gave me then that the tide was turned.

“I knew that was the end of her friendship with Martin. Then she burst into tears and ran out of the room.

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"She was really hurt and she did feel betrayed by him."

“She had wanted to help him, she had given him a career-­making world exclusive. But she realised all he wanted was to squeeze as much as he could out of her," he added.

OK! Online has approached the BBC for further comment.

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