Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, has claimed that Brookside was her favourite TV programme.

Putting his hand in a hole proved a daunting experience for Paul Burrell on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

“Brookside was her favourite and she met most of the cast,” he told Huffington Post.


“She got to know some of the cast very well, especially Dean Sullivan, who played Jimmy Corkhill on the show. He became a friend, who she regularly telephoned.”

Burrell’s claim refutes previous sources which state that EastEnders was the Princess’s favourite TV soap. In 1987 she was also revealed to be a fan of Crossroads when caught chatting about the latest storylines to Susan Hanson.

Of EastEnders, he added: “Maybe in the very beginning she did tune into it, but it wasn’t something that she would want to watch regularly.”

Burell also spoke candidly about his friendship with EastEnders star Barbara Windsor.

“When Barbara Windsor first joined EastEnders, she used to read bedtime stories to my boys at Kensington Palace. She used to come to see my boys when they were about 10 and 7. They were fully aware of who she was. She’s charming. Barbara is still a good friend of mine. We’ve had a lot of fun.”

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