Paul Burrell: Princess Diana would have supported Duchess Meghan

Paul Burrell believes Princess Diana would have liked Duchess Meghan because she stands for "wonderful things".

Following the announcement that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are set to drop their HRH titles and step back from royal duties, the 61-year-old former butler - who served Diana from 1987 until her tragic death in August 1997 at the age of 36 - thinks that Diana would approve of her son's wife and their joint decision to step away from the British Royal Family

Speaking to the new issue of OK! magazine, Paul claimed: "Meghan stands for wonderful things; she's a mixed race, divorced actress and Diana would have embraced all of that."

Burrell - who wrote a memoir of his career titled 'A Royal Duty' - has also claimed Harry, 35, picked the former 'Suits' actress as she has similar values to his late mother.

He continued: "Harry absolutely sees his mother in Meghan - Meghan was 36 when Harry married her and his mother was 36 when she died. He was looking for a mature woman who had strong visions of the future, not someone who dressed in Dior and dripping in Chanel."

Burrell is also sure the couple will flourish now they've stepped away from royal life, and will grow even stronger in their relationship.

He added: "They'll be free. They've been given back their lives. Being royal isn't all it's cracked up to be.

"They're very strong. Meghan's an independent woman who has her own mind. It may look as if she's manipulating Harry, but she's not! I have no doubt they discuss everything and they'll have another baby soon.

"They do need to accept being photographed, though. They can't have an entirely private life."

As the couple start a new life together in Canada, Burrell believes other members of the royal family will be envious of their new life out of the limelight.

When asked if he thinks Duchess Catherine - the wife of second-in-line to the British throne Prince William - will be jealous of Meghan's freedom, the former royal servant replied: "I'm sure she will be! Kate will know what it's like to be trapped inside a palace. Her life will be more constrained than Meghan's."

Whilst, he claimed that Harry and William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II - who he first served as a footman - has also been constrained to a life she didn't necessarily want to lead.

He said: "I think she's had a very hard life, and I've seen the tears of the queen. She's a kind lady, but she's never had the life she wanted. She'd have been happy being a farmer's wife."