London, Apr 12 : After his reputation went kapoot during the course of Princess Diana's inquest, disgraced former royal butler Paul Burrell is on the verge of suffering a nervous breakdown, according to his pals.
The 49-year-old royal butler had certainly landed himself in a soup when he was filmed boasting that he had lied during his much-publicised testimony in court regarding the probe into the Princess' death.
It was just last week that the coroner on the inquest, Lord Justice Scott?Baker, condemned the ex-servant, saying that it was "blindingly obvious" that he committed perjury.
While he's allegedly facing a police perjury investigation, family insiders have claimed that the butler is currently under so much stress that he could reach "breaking point" any time soon.
"Paul knows he's made a real mess of things and it's really getting on top of him. He never thought he'd go through anything like this again after he was put on trial when wrongly accused of stealing the Princess's possessions a few years back," the Daily Express quoted a Burrell family source, as saying.
"But Paul actually feels a lot worse this time around, particularly as he knows he?no longer?has?the support of the public. There are real?worries among his friends that?he's going to finally crack under the pressure of it all," the source added.
It was only recently that Burrell was granted a green card to work in America and since then he has rebuffed coming to the UK to clarify his claims that he lied at the inquest.
But, now his refusal appears to be guided by events in the UK and speculations are making rounds that he might just lose his green-card status.
"Paul regarded America as the one place where he could truly make a happy and successful life for himself, so he's naturally?distraught that all this could now be coming to an end. He knows he would be utterly lost without his career in America. At the moment he's just trying to keep his head down but the word is he's in a?very bad state mentally. Friends are inevitably very concerned about him," added the insider.