Paul Burrell, RVM (born June 6, 1958 (1958-06-06) (age 50), at Grassmoor (near Chesterfield, Derbyshire) is a former member of the Royal Household. He was a footman for Queen Elizabeth II and later butler to Diana, Princess of Wales. He became a source of controversy as a pivotal figure in events related to Diana's divorce and (later) death, and the aftermath of these.
Since that time, approximately 1997, Burrell has from time to time featured in the media, sometimes prominently, in connection with Diana, and since 2004 as an occasional entertainment show celebrity. Allegations of criminal conduct were raised - in particular in 2002 - and intermittently suggested since, but whilst tried, no case was sustained. Public opinion is mixed, with Burrell both enjoying interest within television and other media, and also being the target of hate.
Burrell holds the Royal Victorian Medal, which he was awarded in November 1997 for services to the Royal Family.