Princess Diana’s butler Paul Burrell has taken aim at The Duchess of Sussex’s ‘over-indulgent’ £330,000 baby shower.
Burrell said Meghan needed to learn the difference between being a royal and celebrity, and that Prince William and Kate would be ‘totally bewildered’ by the ‘over-indulgence’ shown during her trip to New York.
Seven-months-pregnant Meghan spent several days with A-listers including Serena Williams before boarding the flight home on Wednesday evening.
The duchess, 37, celebrated the impending arrival of her child in what is reportedly the most expensive hotel room in the US – the Penthouse Suite in the five-star Mark Hotel, which costs a reported $75,000 dollars (£57,000) per night.
The glamorous venue, in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, overlooks Central Park and describes itself as the city’s ‘most boldly lavish hotel’.
Burrell quoted the Queen in his scathing criticism of Meghan, who he claims has used the mantra: ‘We are not celebrities, to be royal is something very different.’
He said: ‘Although William mixes with A-list celebrities, he doesn’t take them home with him, they aren’t his friends, they are people he works with.
‘The celebrity world in which Meghan was submerged seems to be where all her friends are, and that can only spell disaster.’
The ‘obscene’ cost and extraordinarily lavish nature of Meghan’s trip to New York has caused some anger. The Duchess’ decision to fly by private jet has also upset environmentalists because the couple have also campaigned on climate change.
Meghan chose to fly to New York on a private plane with her friend Amal Clooney rather than travel on one of the many trans-Atlantic commercial flights between the US and UK each day.
Writing in the Sun, Burrell warned Meghan would have to ‘learn respect for William and Kate’ when they become the future King and Queen.
He added: ‘The two different families, the Sussex and the Cambridges, are drifting further and further apart, and that may be a good thing, because Kate and William have to remain spotless.
‘They have never put a foot wrong. Kate is an exemplary example of a queen in waiting and that’s what she has to be in our eyes.’
Burrell also warned that Meghan could fall into the same trap with the media that the Princess of Wales fell into if she doesn’t change her ways.
He also claimed Prince Harry was ‘more complicated’, which may stem from him being too young to understand the passing of his mother.
Burrell said: ‘Harry is just more complicated. And that could be because Harry didn’t understand the passing of his mum at the time because he was too young, and it could all have stemmed from them.
‘Diana too let the press into aspects of her life, and it didn’t end well.’
The Duchess of Sussex flew back to the UK by private jet with Clooney after enjoying a lavish baby shower with celebrity friends in New York City.
The mother-to-be will resume royal duties by joining husband Harry on a three-day tour of Morocco today.
Pop superstar Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z congratulated the duchess on her pregnancy after the couple won a Brit Award.
Beyonce posted a picture on social media of the couple posing in front of a regal painting of Meghan dressed in a tiara, pearls and royal finery, with the caption: ‘Congrats on your pregnancy! We wish you so much joy.’
Joining human rights lawyer Clooney and tennis superstar Williams in New York was Abigail Spencer, who starred with Meghan in the US TV drama Suits.
Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, whose daughter Ivy was a bridesmaid at Meghan and Harry’s wedding, was also there.
Other celebrities included harpist Erin Hill, fashion designer Misha Nonoo and television presenter Gayle King, all close friends of the duchess.
Activities during the week included visiting the Met Breuer museum of modern and contemporary art and dinner at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant the Polo Bar, according to media reports.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, by Charlie Bayliss