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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 08:29 GMT
Key quotes: Butler's royal appointment
Paul Burrell outside court
Mr Burrell recounted his meeting with the Queen
Paul Burrell, former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, has started telling his story to the Daily Mirror. Below are key quotes, including an account of a dramatic warning from the Queen about his safety that eventually triggered the end of his trial on theft charges.


How he said he was warned by the Queen: "No-one, Paul, has been as close to a member of my family as you have. There are powers at work in this country which we have no knowledge about."

How he interpreted that warning: "She wanted to make sure my wife Maria and children remained safe. It was not a threat, it was sound advice."

Paul Burrell and Princess Diana
Mr Burrell: The Princess spoke in colour

How he told her he was keeping some of Diana's possessions: "I intend to protect the princess's world and keep safe her secrets and I intend to keep documents and artefacts which she had given to me."

What he felt before his trial on theft charges: "I just felt as if I was being persecuted not prosecuted and everyone was standing by doing nothing".

On the Queen: "She is a woman of truth and honesty."

On the Queen recalling their conversation: "I thought I had been fed to the lions but, as it turned out, I had the most powerful witness to come without ever knowing it."

What he said the Queen said about her relationship with Diana: "I tried to reach out to Diana so many times. I wrote many many letters to her, Paul."

What he replied:"The trouble was, Your Majesty, that you spoke in black and white. The princess spoke in colour."

And his verdict on the relationship between the two women: "People have always said there was a chronic rift between the two but that is so wrong."


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