Paul Burrell says Queen and Diana have been 'angels on my shoulders' amid cancer diagnosis

The former royal butler was diagnosed with prostate cancer

Paul Burrell, a longtime royal servant who became Princess Diana's personal assistant and confidante, poses in New York, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Paul Burrell was diagnosed with cancer after a medical check-up for I'm A Celebrity. (Reuters)

Paul Burrell has said the Queen and Princess Diana were angels on his shoulders after he was diagnosed with cancer following his stint on I’m A Celebrity.

The former royal butler was on the upcoming All-Stars edition of the reality show – which airs next week – and was diagnosed with prostate cancer after going for a medical check-up for the programme.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, he said it helped save his life.

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"I didn’t know when I was sat there in the clearing," he explained.

File photo dated 9/8/1997 of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Paul Burrell. The former royal butler has been given a public apology and substantial damages from the publisher of the Daily Mirror newspaper over phone hacking and
Paul Burrell said Diana was an angel on his shoulder. (PA Images/Alamy)

"I knew something was wrong but I didn’t know what was wrong. When I got back I went back to the doctor and they found it was cancer.

"So I’m sat in the jungle with cancer. The Queen had died. And I am thinking, 'Oh wow, how do I get through this?'

“I had two angels sat on my shoulder, the princess and the Queen, sat on my shoulders.”

FILE - In this May 8, 2007 file photo, Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she is greeted by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, via video conference, during her visit to NASA's Goddard Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Starting Saturday, June 2, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II begins a four-day celebration of her 60 years on the throne.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Paul Burrell was in the jungle when the Queen died. (AP)

Burrell also told how show bosses asked him if he wanted to go home after the Queen died.

But he explained: "I said, 'Listen, I’m better here, this is my sanctuary right now. To go back home, it would be a circus… so let me stay here with the other celebrities and I will share my grief with them because it was their Queen too'."

Earlier this month Burrell rang the bell at The Christie hospital in Macclesfield to symbolise the end of his radiotherapy treatment.

The 64-year-old looked delighted in the clip, which he shared on Instagram.

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He told host Lorraine Kelly: “I'm going to live my life and live it large and be grateful for every day.”

The series starts on Monday 24 April at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

Watch: Paul Burrell opens up about his cancer journey