Prince, Diana's butler plan talk

Royal family upset with tell-all book

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

— Prince William will meet his mother's former butler, Paul Burrell, to discuss the royal family's anger about revelations Burrell's new book makes about Princess Diana and her in-laws, William's office said Tuesday.

It's likely to be an emotionally charged get-together.

Last week William urged his mother's one-time confidant to stop revealing family secrets and said 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, confirmed William would see Burrell. 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."

Burrell said Monday that he would welcome the chance to see the princes. He has criticized 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.

"A Royal Duty" was published in Britain on Monday and the United States on Saturday.