Former royal butler Paul Burrell broke down in tears as he shared an update on his prostate cancer treatment, revealing that it will leave him in “a mess for a very long time”.
Paul, who was a friend and confidante to the late Princess Diana, first disclosed he had been diagnosed with cancer on ITV’s Lorraine in January and has since revealed that his first operation will take place today (February 27).
Documenting his progress in a pre-recorded clip shared ahead of his surgery, the 64-year-old gave an update after meeting a consultant for the first time and having a pre-operation assessment.
He said: “I’ll go in for a two-hour procedure and they will inject radium into my prostate. And then recovery and then for the next three weeks I’ll have to go to radiotherapy appointments. Hopefully at the end of that period I’ll be all clear.”
Paul became emotional while standing outside The Christie hospital in Manchester as he discussed the future with his 60-year-old husband Graham Cooper.
He said: “This isn’t about me, is it. It’s about the big picture – it’s about my hubby, Coop. It’s about our relationship, the way forward, so I had to talk about all of that. That’s a very important part of the jigsaw.
“And I get so emotional because of the hormone therapy which (they) said I’d have to continue after the operation so I’m going to be in a mess for a very long time.
“But you have to trade off certain things to get to a point of living," he added.
Aside from his former job in the royal household, Paul is also known for his appearances on TV shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2004, when he finished as runner-up to comedian Joe Pasquale.
He then headed to the jungle again for the Australian version of the show in 2018 and has been in other celebrity shows such as Stars In Their Eyes, Celebrity Big Brother and Australian Princess.
He has also contributed to a number of documentaries about the royal family.
Paul recently shared that he would like to reach out to Prince Harry and Prince William to share some of their late mother's secrets with them.
He told the Mirror: “She confided in me and there are many things I have never spoken about, but now I feel the time is right.
“I think what I have to say could bring the boys back together, which Diana would have desperately wanted. I will only tell them the truth, that is all. I am not looking for anything in return.”
Paul said he would like to “try and do my bit” to see them reconciled and fill in any gaps they might have in their memories.
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