Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle should get to know Queen Elizabeth II more because she's the most important person in the royal family. Pictured: The Queen, Markle watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, as members of the Royal Family attend events to mark the centenary of the RAF on July 10, 2018 in London, England. Getty Images/Chris Jackson

Meghan Markle must stay close to Queen Elizabeth II while she is still alive, according to Princess Diana’s former royal butler Paul Burrell.

In his interview for Channel 5’s one-off documentary “Kate V Meghan: Princesses At War?” Burrell said that the Duchess of Sussex must try to get to know Her Majesty better because she’s the one that matters that most. Markle should also rely on Prince Harry and Her Majesty more than the other members of the British clan.

Burrell likened Buckingham Palace to Downton Abbey and said that the people there want to keep things the same. But Markle joining the royal family has changed things a bit. The Duchess of Sussex is now being branded a diva, but she still has to follow royal protocol one day and curtsy to Kate Middleton when the latter becomes Queen.

This is not the first time that Burrell gave Markle the important advice of staying close to the monarch. He said that same thing during his interview with Daily Mail before the royal family’s Christmas Day church service. At that time, Burrell urged Markle to stay close to the Queen during the holidays.

“It’s the most intense period of the year. I’ve been there for so many Christmases, this house is occupied by some of the biggest personalities and egos in the country,” he said.

Burrell also acknowledged the fact that Markle may have been struggling to fit in with the royal family because of her different background.

“I personally think she’s finding it tough in there, no one could prepare her for it, not even on a film set, but this is the real world. Imagine Downton, but ramp it up; Sandringham is Downton Abbey on speed,” he said.

Burrell served as Princess Diana’s royal butler for several years. But he started as a footman for the Queen when he was 18 years old. Burrell went on to become one of Princess Diana’s closest confidante, and the late Princess of Wales previously referred to him as her rock.

The former royal butler decided to work for the royal family after a childhood visit to Buckingham Palace.