- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 7, 2002

LONDON Queen Elizabeth II warned Princess Diana's butler that his close ties to the family could bring him trouble, a British newspaper quoted him as saying yesterday.
The Daily Mirror quoted former butler Paul Burrell as saying the queen's warning came during a three-hour meeting shortly after Diana's 1997 death in a Paris car crash.
"No one, Paul, has been as close to a member of my family as you have," Mr. Burrell recalled the queen as saying, according to the paper.
"There are powers at work in this country which we have no knowledge about," Mr. Burrell reportedly quoted the queen as saying.
"She looked at me over her half-rimmed spectacles as if she expected me to know the rest. I had no idea who she was talking about. There were many she could have been referring to. But she was clearly warning me to be vigilant."
The Daily Mirror reportedly paid $620,000 to interview Mr. Burrell. Buckingham Palace said it had no comment.
The former butler told the Daily Mirror the queen had corresponded with Diana until her death in an effort to mend their notoriously frosty relationship.
"I tried to reach out to Diana so many times," he quoted the queen as saying. "I wrote many, many letters to her, Paul."
The butler said he told the queen he'd seen her letters.
"But the trouble was, Your Majesty, that you spoke in black and white. The princess spoke in color," he recalled saying.
Mr. Burrell whom Diana called "my rock" was acquitted last week of stealing more than 300 items from the princess and other members of the royal family.
His trial came to a dramatic and unexpected end when the queen told prosecutors that Mr. Burrell had informed her during the same meeting that he was holding some of Diana's belongings for safekeeping.
Mr. Burrell reportedly said he had taken some of Diana's papers and belongings for safekeeping because he feared her mother from whom she had been estranged for months and her sister wanted to erase the princess' legacy.
Mr. Burrell won a court injunction Tuesday to stop the Sun newspaper from publishing further details of a statement he gave to police after he was charged.
The Sun had quoted Mr. Burrell's statement as saying the princess had smuggled men into Kensington Palace, greeted a lover clad only in a fur coat and distributed money to prostitutes.
Several newspapers also reported that Mr. Burrell, in an effort to show how close he was to Diana, had said she sent him out to buy porn magazines for her son Prince William, who was 14 when she died. William "was very interested in them, notwithstanding his early age," Mr. Burrell was quoted as saying.
Mr. Burrell's manager said Tuesday that the former butler will host a new TV game show in which contestants will be quizzed about the news, social history, scandals and the British royal family.

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