Paul Burrell, the former butler to Princess Diana who has had his fair share of tabloid headlines, has just celebrated his tenth year running a gift and flower shop.
Paul Burrell Flowers & Gifts in the Cheshire village of Farndon has just reached the five-year milestone and before that Burrell ran the shop in Wrexham for five years.
It sells occasion gifts, greetings cards, jewellery and household gifts, as well as a comprehensive range of Yankee Candle products and fresh flowers.
Burrell recently hosted a celebration at the shop to mark the anniversary, inviting friends and customers to join him in toasting its success.
“What’s surprising is that I still have strangers come in who don’t expect to see me behind the counter,” Burrell told The Leader. “This shop has been a lifeline and a sanctuary on occasions. It’s been there through all my trials and tribulations — literally.”
Burrell served as Princess Diana’s butler until she died in 1997 and appeared as a witness during the inquest into her death. He wrote about his time working for the Royal Family in his book, 'A Royal Duty', and has appeared in a number of TV programmes, including ‘I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!’
Burrell told the newspaper that after all his escapades, he still continues to enjoy life as a shopkeeper.
“This is where my heart is. I’ve been through celebrity, I’ve been with royalty and I’ve come back to reality. I don’t miss the old days, I’ve done that, but I do miss the people,” he said.