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Last Updated: Friday, 21 November, 2003, 15:17 GMT
Ex-butler on 'poison' at palace
Paul Kidd was a Royal servant in the 1970s and 1980s
Paul Kidd was a Royal servant in the 1970s and 1980s
The Queen's former butler has defended the Royal family in the wake of recent controversies.

Paul Kidd, who served the Queen and Queen Mother for nine years, claimed "poisonous elements" were trying to ruin the monarchy and also criticised his former colleague Paul Burrell for his "obsession" with Princess Diana.

He also hit out at Daily Mirror reporter Ryan Parry, who has made a series of revelations after working for two months as a footman at Buckingham Palace, and denied there was any truth in the recent undisclosed allegations about Prince Charles' private life.

Mr Kidd joined the palace as a steward in 1975, was made the Queen's butler in 1977 and then worked as the senior footman to the Queen Mother from 1979 to 1984, when a cancer scare forced him out of royal service.

Since then he has made a living by giving talks about life behind Royal doors to gatherings around the world - on Friday he was speaking to Abersoch Ladies' Luncheon Club at the Glyn Pub and Restaurant.

Mr Kidd, who lives in Cheshire, stoutly defended the Queen over the latest newspaper revelations alleging a lack of security at Buckingham Palace which this week welcomed President Bush and his wife on a state visit.
I believe that there are poisonous elements trying to destroy the Royal family
Paul Kidd

"The Queen has done the right thing in gagging the newspaper," he said.

"Her only mistake is she should have done it sooner .

"The journalist betrayed the Queen's trust which has brought disrepute on himself and showed the low standards of the newspaper he works for."

Mr Kidd was also dismissive of fellow Royal servant Paul Burrell whom he said he knew well as they worked together in the Royal household in the 1970s.

Burrell's was the Queen's footman when he was a steward at Buckingham Palace. He later became butler to Diana, Princess of Wales who, Burrell claims, described him as "her rock".

Burrell's recent biography of the princess has angered her sons, Princes William and Harry, who have pleaded with him to stop the revelations.

Paul Burrell
Paul Burrell was affectionately known as "the doggie walker"
"He was affectionately known as "the doggie walker" in those days," said Mr Kidd of Burrell.

"He was trusted by the Royal family and I believe he has let them down badly.

"I am upset because it reflects badly on the staff and tars us all with the same brush."

Mr Kidd denied that Paul Burrell had made his revelations in his biography to make money, but said: "Paul's problem is that he has became completely obsessed about Diana."

He also defended Prince Charles against recent - so far unreported - allegations made by another former servant.

"I knew the prince very well and all I can say is these allegations our blatant lies.

"I think this is a 'get rich quick' scheme after Paul Burrell's revelations."

"I believe that there are poisonous elements trying to destroy the Royal family. "


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