October 24, 2003
In an unprecedented move, Prince William and Prince Harry have issued a joint statement, condemning Paul Burrell and accusing him of betrayal. The statement, made earlier this evening, came after a week in which Princess Diana’s former butler revealed that Diana feared that the brakes of her car would be tampered with.
In a letter that she entrusted with Burrell, Diana wrote that someone was: "planning an accident in my car, brake failure and serious head injury."
Moreover, just two months before her death, Diana confided in a royal biographer that she feared for her life.
According to Ingrid Seward: "We were having what she called a girlie chat and she just opened up. She told me exactly what she said in her letter to Burrell.
"She told me: 'I know this sounds silly now, but I did really worry about the brakes on my car'.
"Diana said this to me at the end of June 1997. She was convinced there were people out to get her. We laughed about it. She didn't tell me who they were. She was quite canny.
"She obviously took it quite seriously and said that she had the apartment swept for bugs.
"I spent the morning with her. Everything she told me was amazing. I was under trust not to repeat what she said.
"I couldn't believe what she was saying. It was pretty extraordinary."
Earlier this week the Daily Mirror published a letter allegedly written 10 months before Princess Diana's death in the Paris car crash in which she told Mr Burrell "this phase in my life is the most dangerous".
In response Prince William and Harry have now invited Paul Burrell to meet them for discussions. Their statement and invitation is seen as an attempt to prevent any further embarrassing disclosures, coming after a week of PR disasters for the Royal House of Windsor.
Despite coming from the Princes however, some observers suspect that the statement may have been prompted by concern at more senior levels of the Windsor household.
According to the BBC’s royal correspondent, the Prince’s statement asks Burrell to bring the revelations to an end. Which prompts this writer to ask: what else does the House of Windsor have to hide?
The letter in which Diana wrote of her suspicions and entrusted to her butler for safekeeping
See this website's files on Diana:
Princess Diana: What Really Happened?
Affidavit of Richard Tomlinson:
The Man Who Would Be King
For an indication of exactly what the Royal family are anxious to conceal, see:
'Smithgate' Royal Rape Tape Could Bring Down The Monarchy
Background on the man who was allegedly caught in a 'compromising’ position with Prince Charles. And who furthermore, allegedly homosexually raped another royal servant:
From footman to ‘indispensable ‘aide’ to Charles
Last updated 07/11/2003