Prince William To Meet Diana's Former Butler
LATEST: Britain's PRINCE WILLIAM will meet his mother DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES' former butler PAUL BURRELL to discuss the royal family's anger over his new tell-all book.
Last week (ends24OCT03) William urged his mother's one-time confidant to stop revealing family secrets and said the late Diana would have been "mortified" by Burrell's actions.
CLARENCE HOUSE, the London home of William, his younger brother PRINCE HARRY and father PRINCE CHARLES, has confirmed William will see Burrell. An official says the meeting will be "completely private" but declines to say when or where it will be held.
The 21-year-old prince said in an angry statement last week that he and Harry could not believe Burrell "could abuse his position in such a cold and overt betrayal".
Clarence House added then that William and Harry - who often played with Burrell's children at London's KENSINGTON PALACE when they were growing up - were willing to meet with him to discuss their concerns.
Burrell said yesterday (27OCT03) he would welcome the chance to see the Princes. He has criticised the family for failing to offer him any sign of support during the nearly two years in which he fought accusations that he stole items belonging to Diana and other royals.
He said in an interview, "I would like to ask (the princes) a few questions. I think I would like to give them a piece of my mind and ask them why they personally did not help me when I needed help at the worst point of my life."
His book, A ROYAL DUTY, includes excerpts of letters which claim to show, among other things, that Diana - who died in a 1997 car crash - feared a plot to harm her in a car accident, and that her father-in-law, PRINCE PHILIP, disapproved of Prince Charles' affair with CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES.28/10/2003 21:12